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You have what people view as a great life. You’ve got a good job, are respected and loved by all who know you, have a healthy family and a supportive partner. In fact, most people would say that “you have it all”. Yet, you feel a sense of emptiness and sadness; a hopeless feeling of unfulfillment. Despite having everything going for you, you are still unhappy. These feelings could foreshadow the beginning signs of depression, a state that you might not be aware of. It is exceptionally stressing to try and understand why you are feeling this way when there are seemingly no reasonable grounds for doing so. If these feelings have begun to disrupt your life and your regular day-to-day functioning, it may be time to start considering reaching out for professional help.

What is Depression?

Davison and Neale (2000), state that depression is a condition marked by great anguish, feelings of inadequacy and guilt, withdrawal from others, loss of sleep, appetite, passion, interests, and pleasure in usual activities. It is likewise the most well-known psychological issue seen by the general practitioner and the preferred treatment is psychological therapies alone or with medication (Wright, 1996). Depression may happen to anyone at any age or gender. It can be mild, moderate or severe. Sometimes, a stressful situation or event can trigger it. Subsequently, it is essential that a person understands and accepts his/her depressive state and seek help. Certainly, the circumstances, issues and challenges that we all face in life can be greatly eased by the help and support of family and friends. However, in some circumstances consulting with a professional clinical psychologist who has the experience and expertise to provide proper treatment is what may be needed.

What Clinical Psychologist do?

Clinical psychologists focus on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. They work specifically on the holistic well-being of patients either one-on-one or in a group setting, assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients for various psychological disorders. Their goal is to help their patients better understand their problems and then set out on the path towards recovery. Clinical psychologists assess patients using a variety of methods to identify the specific issues they are experiencing. They treat patients with conditions like depression, anxiety, dietary problems, learning difficulties and PTSD. These professionals tailor their treatment plans for each individual as people have distinctive issues and respond to different types of treatment because what works for one person might not work for another.

How Is Depression Treated?

If you think that you are falling into the pattern of behaviors and emotions that are described under the category of “depression”, you needn’t panic as depression and its symptoms are very treatable. Myles and Shafran (2015) state that there are various viable treatments for depression. The initial step to getting the correct treatment is to visit a specialist who has the capacity to assess and classify your condition and will able to advise the best treatment plan for you. Is your case mild where low-intensity intervention of psychological counseling will help resolve your issue or is it a more severe case of depression in which combined therapies and medication is required? These are all questions a clinical psychologist can answer.

There is no denying that all of us feel down and low from time to time due to several different circumstances, stressors, tensions, or tragedies in our lives. But usually, it is a phase that passes and does not have any major effects on our everyday living and our relationship with others. Depression, however, can be debilitating and dangerous if we allow it to escalate without reaching out for help. We need to educate ourselves about depression, including its’ manifestations, risks, and signs that may occur so we are able to recognize it in ourselves or those around us.



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