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Depression is often a term that is misused in the modern world. At its core, depression is a form of low mood that can last for a long period of time, and often invades everything we do on a daily basis. While it could “just” mean feeling low and not up to your usual optimistic thinking, at its worst depression can feel like sinking to the bottom of the sea, locked down with an anchor.
It drags us down and makes almost everything seem entirely worthless.
It can become a severe issue, causing you to have thoughts of suicide and remove the will, desire and energy needed to live a happy life. Part of the problem with depression is that the diagnosis is so layered and tiered. Like any other illness, depression has forms, including:
Of course, there are many forms of depression which can make it hard to know what to do if you are diagnosed with this particular condition. Depression, after all, is a common disorder, usually related – but not limited – to:
It can leave you feeling down and despondent, and is far more severe than simply feeling sad; it’s a feeling of persistent helplessness.
What Causes Depression?
Should you feel any of the above, alongside other feelings such as a lack of sexual desire, thoughts of suicide, problems sleeping, consistent anxiety and perpetual sadness then you might wonder why this is the case. Depression can be brought on by many different things, including:
Sometimes, though, there is no one particular reason. Whatever the original cause, though, it’s important to find out what it is so that you can work with someone to slowly but surely put an end to these feelings.
Part of the problem is trying to work out where “on the scale” you might fall. Some of the tiers of depression include:
These are all a common part of the problem with mental health and depression. How, then, does one seek help?
Like any other form of mental conditioning, you can find that curing depression is possible by opening up. Treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is very popular, though we recommend that you see a therapist for help with this.
Ensure they are professionally licensed and falls into one of the following therapy categories:
Of course, you could also consider medication though we recommend that you talk with a GP about this first and foremost. It’s also important to note that every antidepressant carries side-effects, while therapy often is free from such issues.
Consider the style of depression that you are suffering from, arrange an appointment with a GP and then consider your options afterward. The best thing that you can do is to seek help; without assistance and support, depression is incredibly hard to beat. With the right support structure, though, you can find peace and solace.