Depression is the most common mental health problem. At some point in their lives, it is estimated that one out of ten men and one out of four women may develop severe symptoms of depression that require treatment.
There are a lot of misconceptions about depression. That’s because people use the word “depression” to describe a host of other problems. We all feel sad or blue at times. These are normal feelings that may accompany events or changes in our lives. These feelings are situational and transient, but when an individual cannot overcome these feelings within a few weeks, or when symptoms of depression occur for no apparent reason, the person may be suffering from depression.
Depression is different from the normal ups and downs people experience in their daily lives. Depression not only affects the person’s mood, but also his or her thoughts and physical health. In addition, it can spill over and affect those who have close relationships with the sufferer.
Depression is a serious problem. The sufferer cannot just snap out of it or make it go away. He or she may need professional intervention and treatment. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness. There are several options for treatment.
If you or your loved one is experiencing depression, speak to a counselor about your concerns. Contact us; we are here to help.