Depression distorts our thinking.
Clinical or ‘major’ depression symptoms are quite different to simply ‘feeling down’. Not only does the low feeling not fade, but it can also intensify to a feeling of extreme hopelessness and an inability to function.
Episodes of depression may also be related to other disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, or an addiction. If left undiagnosed and untreated, clinical depression can lead to deep feelings of helplessness, despair and isolation.
When you have depression symptoms it’s difficult to think that anyone understands or even cares.
Feelings of worthlessness and powerlessness can sometimes overwhelm your rational thoughts. The important thing to remember is that your feelings are real. You don’t need to have a reason for feeling this way. Think of this as an emotional injury: you have as much right to ask for help as someone who has an obvious physical injury or is in chronic pain.
Reaching out to talk about the problem with people who specialise in the treatment of depression is the next step.
Managing depression can be challenging, exhausting and risky when attempting it alone. For this reason, professional support and treatment is strongly recommended. Depression is most effectively treated by health professionals, (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists and Nurses), who specialise in treating mood disorders such as depression.