Is it acceptable to miss Mass because of depression?

Suppose a person has been diagnosed with severe Clinical Depression and has been undergoing treatment for that depression for years if not decades with minimum improvement. The person has some good days; some not so good.

Given that medically speaking, depression is a real sickness just like any other sickness like cancer or heart disease or the like, if a person is having a not-so-good day, would this be sufficient reason to stay home from mass; i.e., the person “just doesn’t feel like going?”

When symptoms from more “visible” ailments act up, it is usually justifiable for a person to miss mass. Why would depression be any different?

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