You are not alone, depression is very common.
Depression is a broad term used to describe a variety of states.
Symptoms of depression can include low mood, or persistent sadness, disturbed sleep, loss of libido, feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt. Many mental health practitioners today see depression as a protest, a human response to a variety of issues, which are distinct to each individual.
Sadly in today’s society, rather than exploring what is being expressed in a symptom, depression has been wrongly labelled as a biological condition, which is often treated by medication, such as anti-depressants. The medicine will not cure what has made the person depressed in the first place and leaves the interior life of the sufferer unexamined.
With the drugs industry in Britain now the third most profitable economic activity, after tourism and finance, we have now reached epidemic levels in the prescription of anti-depressant drugs.
People become depressed for a variety of reasons and it is not always clear to begin with why a person is depressed. Depression can develop at any time in a person’s life and may be triggered by a life event, such as the ending of a relationship, bereavement, or even following a success.
People are often reluctant to talk about how they are feeling and may worry about how they will be viewed by others, which can lead to feeling isolated and alone. Talking to a professional about how you are feeling can bring immense relief. Given the chance, people often know far more about themselves than they realise.