Depression is not ‘feeling down’ or ‘sad’!
Treatment of depression may need counselling / therapy or physical interventions (medication, change of diet, acupuncture etc) and sometimes I recommend both! Depression isn’t just feeling sad. Depression (clinical depression) is a physical illness which affects a person mentally and takes away hope, dreams, confidence, strength and much more! A person who has no ‘feel good chemicals’ simply isn’t able to feel good.
To a person who is clinically depressed it can be extremely hurtful and frustrating to be told to ‘just do something to cheer yourself up!’ or any other ‘just…….’ That may work if a person is simply feeling low, but believe me, in clinical depression the person simply does not HAVE the chemicals available to smile, feel better or even imagine feeling better!
Prescription Medicine for Depression
Definition of Depression
Sadness, or ‘feeling down’ can be a symptom of depression, but feeling miserable is not “depression”.
The word ‘Depressed’ in the online dictionary is defined as: melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessness; the slough of despond; upset, tearfulness.
Clinical Depression is something different. It is described as: endogenous depression, reactive depression, postnatal depression, dysthymia, melancholia;
How do you know the difference between Clinical Depression and ‘feeling depressed’?
If you are feeling down about a particular issue, event or situation, it is likely that you are not suffering from depression in a clinical sense.
Is this issue that is bothering you something you cope with sometimes and other times it is just ‘too much’?
How long have you suffered from depression or mood disorders?
Do you also find yourself getting extremely irritable?
How have you coped with stress in the past?
What makes you feel better?
Do you feel that life isn’t worth living?
Getting Treatment for Depression
For a clinically depressed person, asking for help can be difficult. It requires energy, hope and a belief that things can get better. All of which a clinically depressed person may not not have! If you have a friend or relative suffering like this, do all you can to encourage them to get outside professional help. Try not to get discouraged when they are unable to help themselves, and please, please, don’t say things like “well, if you can’t help yourself then …….!” as if they had a choice. In many instances, they don’t. Sometimes you have to be pro-active and do what it takes.
Please be kind to people with depression, and if you have depression, know that you CAN get well. You CAN feel good feelings again.
The mind is a wonderful slave, but a terrible master! In order to be the master of our lives and destinies, we must first become master of our own minds!