If you are constantly feeling particularly lower, well-meaning friends might tell you to “snap out of it” or perhaps start to get irritated from your mood. Your depression will give food to off this negativity and also you start to wonder why you can’t just “snap outside of it”. You then start to believe there’s something wrong with you because it should be so easy and it’s just “not right” that you feel so bad at all times. Well, it’s not right and there may be something wrong with an individual. You have a problem and you deserve treatment in the same manner as any other sufferer. If you had a cold for six months would you ignore it and hope it'd pass? No, you would dose oneself up with anything you could find and maybe see a doctor to determine if there’s an underlying reason for it to last so long.
Depression is sadness that lasts long. Everyone is sad sooner or later in their lives but depression is over that. It is feelings that you can’t bring yourself up on the bottom. In the end you stop trying trying. People start avoiding you. You feel even worse. You need to find external help treat the problem in the same manner as you would if you had a long-lasting wintry. You could try herbal remedies – there are numerous in your pharmacy – or you could see your doctor. There can be an underlying physical cause for the depression.
If your doctor cannot assist you to they may refer an individual for counselling. Don’t be embarrassed to visit for counselling but do be sure you are comfortable with the counsellor. If not, try another one. Counselling should not be discounted when you don’t feel comfortable together with your first choice of practitioner. In everyday life you can naturally find you get on with some individuals and clash with other people. You cannot afford to get a personality clash with the counsellor. On the other hand you must be sure that it is a personality clash and not that you don’t agree with what they are saying. A general rule would be to go with your predatory instincts. If you like the person and seemed to jump on well in the first couple of sessions then keep it going because they might just have touched for the root cause of your short lived problem.
In some cases, acknowledging depression may be difficult when you have lived with it so long that you don’t know unique depression or not. If you have grown up with depression it's possible not to realise that you will be actually depressed because you've no concept of just how normal people should think. You may feel angry at all times or you may feel like going to the center of an empty field and just screaming. You may think anxious, have trouble sleeping or perhaps sleep too much. You could think that your family would be better off without you (and actually believe that to be true) and may have considered running away or suicide. You may worry about death at all times (yours or someone else’s) and never let yourself be pleased just in case…… (or even “I must love this particular now in case……….. ”). If you are feeling any or all the above then you should consider talking to another person. Even if it is just a friend or family member to start with, they might be able to advise you and encourage someone to seek professional help.
Upon having acknowledged that you possess depression please remember it is a medical condition which enables it to be cured. You don’t must feel this way for ever. Nobody actually thinks of you how you think they do. Talk to someone. Seek and accept help and you will find that there is often a different way of seeing life.