Sometimes life’s challenges can feel difficult to cope with. Most people can handle day to stress but if there are a cluster of stressors in a short period of time a person may begin to feel overwhelmed and unable to function in their day to day life. This is called situational depression. Feelings can go from feeling overwhelmed and sad to a sense of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, anger, shame, restlessness, loss of interest in activities, loss of appetite or overeating, concentration problems, insomnia, over sleeping, fatigue and suicidal ideas.
As well as situational depression there is a depression that is bases on genetics. People who have always felt low, have a family history of depression or find themselves in a clinical depression at some point in their lives with no significant situation. There is no situation that is identifiable as a trigger for the low mood.
Depression can be devastating for the person experiencing it as well as for their loved ones. As with all mental health, depression is not visible externally which makes it difficult for the person experiencing it. Many people say that if they had a broken leg it would be easier because people would see the disability and be able to empathize easier.
Research shows that the best treatment for depression is psychotherapy and medication. Many people do not want to take medication which is understandable. First see a Therapist to be assessed and then together you can decide whether to take medications.
There are different treatments for depression. Most often cognitive-behavioral therapy is used. This is a much researched treatment that focused on challenging negative, and self -defeating thoughts. It is much more complex than this. Other techniques may include mindfulness, and relaxation practices. It is strongly recommended that exercise be incorporated into ones life style. We endorse yoga practice as well.