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Depression

Depression



Everyone experiences mood changes throughout the day. For some people the changes in their mood are barely noticeable while others may oscillate between feeling low and happy throughout the day depending on the situation. From time to time, all of us feel somewhat sad, often without any apparent reason. For that sadness to be called depression though it needs to be present more or less continuously for a period of two weeks. In addition, there are changes in eating and sleeping patterns as well as the loss of interest in activities that usually bring you pleasure. Only psychiatrists or psychologists are qualified to differentiate clinical depression from feeling sad or being under a lot of stress. Even though depression can affect anyone, research shows that women are twice as likely to experience depression compared to men. The reasons for that are not yet clear.

Depression can interfere with work as well as with personal and social life. There are a number of therapeutic approaches that are quite successful at helping someone suffering from depression. Since depression changes the way you think, feel, and behave different therapies evolved that concentrate on thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT is the most researched one. As part of this approach, the therapist is working with the personís thinking patterns with the assumption that changing the thought process will lead to changes in feelings and behaviours. Interpersonal therapy, on the other hand, assumes that the roots of depression lie in relationships with other people. Not surprisingly, practitioners of interpersonal approach focus more on how the person relates to others. Emotionally focused therapy or EFT concentrates on feelings. The assumption is that if the feelings are addressed and worked through, the personís thoughts and behaviours will follow suit. Many therapists use the combination of the above, as well as numerous other approaches that have proven useful in treating depression. A combination of psychotherapy and medication is often used to relieve the symptoms.

If you think that depression is part of your life you donít need to struggle with it on your own. Talk about your struggles with supportive friends or family members and if that doesnít work seek out professional help.