Depression

Depression.

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:

  • Seasonal Affective Depression. Usually takes place in the winter, and leaves you feeling downcast at particular times of the year.
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Depression. Takes place either before or after pregnancy, and can leave the parent(s) feeling despondent.
  • Dysthymia. A form of mild depression that can last for two years sometimes longer. A persistent, chronic form of depression.

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:

  • Feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness.
  • A lack of desire to eat or sleep regularly.
  • Low energy and poor levels of concentration.
  • Poor mood and a lack of desire to take part in any activities.
  • A drop-off in social engagement with friends.
  • Poor workplace performance.

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 desirethoughts of suicideproblems sleepingconsistent anxiety and perpetual sadness then you might wonder why this is the case. Depression can be brought on by many different things, including:

  • Lasting physical illness.
  • Long-term lifestyle problems and choices.
  • Traumatic experiences in life, including bereavement.
  • Familial issues.
  • Major life changes.

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:

  • Mild Depression. The most common form of depression; it has a persistent but small effect on your lifestyle. It usually makes it hard to stay motivated at work, and often means putting off and avoiding things that normally you would have enjoyed.
  • Significant Depression. A common form of depression, too, this has a major impact on your day-to-day life. It often means that you cannot sleep right and that your diet has become poorly managed. It usually comes in spurts and can lead to various other problems such as suicidal tendencies and a desire to escape the mind.
  • Bi-Polar Disorder. Bi-polar disorder is among the most significant form of depression. It’s like living in a rollercoaster; immense highs followed by tremendous lows all within a few minutes. This can lead to very severe symptoms of a lack of worldwide understanding, leading to making regular mistakes or acting out in odd ways.

These are all a common part of the problem with mental health and depression. How, then, does one seek help?

Curing Depression.

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:

  • Counselling. Counselling is very popular for treating depression, talking through the issues that led you to this particular point.
  • Cognitive Therapy. Mentioned above, this helps you to look at how you think and does what it can to help you identify negative thought patterns so that you can address them.
  • Psychotherapy. A popular form of treatment it’s an intensive form of counselling that often helps you to overcome depression. Looks at various parts of your life to help decipher where problems stem from.

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.