Depression - What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health condition in which a person feels lethargic, overwhelmingly sad and other negative emotions such as disappointment, shame, frustration, anger, and grief. A depressed person may struggle to engage in "normal" activities in life, like going to work or school, socialising with other people, housekeeping and self-presentation. Depression is a big word and the condition encompasses a wide range of symptoms and degrees of manifestation - from mild to serious.
How do I Know if I Have Depression?
Noticing depression may start with some realisations or self-observations. You may realise that you are not feeling happy as often as you would like. You may notice that your are feeling burnt-out at work, in your personal relationships or in other aspects of your life. If you suspect that you are depressed or are verging towards depression, you may wish to book an appointment with a psychotherapist, counsellor or psychologist. Or if you prefer, you can talk to your GP about your suspicion. One of these health professionals will listen and talk with you about what you are noticing. That person may administer a relatively quick, simple standard depression screening test. After a discussion and possible screening test, the health professional should be able to share their opinion with you as to whether or not you are suffering with depression.
What Happens if I am Diagnosed with Depression?
Depression is a treatable mental health condition and it does not have to be permanent for anyone. If you are diagnosed with depression, your choice of health professional will help you understand what to do next. If your doctor/GP diagnoses you with depression, he or she will most likely refer you to a clinical psychologist, registered psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor for therapy. If a psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor has diagnosed you with depression or confirmed a GP's diagnosis, then a treatment plan will be discussed. Each adult person has the option and choice to treat his or her depression and can have input into the treatment plan. Interestingly, one of the largest contributors to success in therapy is the alliance between the therapist and the client. If the client and therapist enjoy working together and establish a safe and trusting relationship, then therapy will most likely work and have substantial positive traction. In some instances, depression is treated with anti-depressant medication along with therapy. Anti-depressants are usually prescribed when depression symptoms are severe and are expected to aid the therapeutic process. Anti-depressants will not cure depression. Therapy is the best measure for resolving the root causes of depression.