Everyone gets depressed now and then. It’s part of human nature, especially when something sad or tragic takes place. The death of a loved one, the death of a pet, a cross-country move far away from family and friends, the end of a marriage, and many other life events can make a person feel as though he or she has really lost out on something special. If you’re that person, the depression is normal and will lift in time. If you regularly find yourself depressed without a cause, or your depressive episodes last a long time, you may have a clinical form of depression that would benefit from treatment.
Don’t assume that you can’t get help for your problem, or that you’re weak if you seek assistance. Someone might even approach you before you realize that you need to seek help. For instance, school guidance counselors keep a look out for children who’s parents have recently been divorced or might explore depression as a cause for acting out. Nurses who work in an assisted living facility also keep their eyes peeled for depression in their patients, who feel that their independence has been lost.
When you understand that you need to do something for yourself so you can feel better, there’s nothing weak about having the courage to get the help you need. That’s a very brave and very strong decision, and one that you can be proud of. Once you’ve made that decision, go and see someone who can work with you to raise your mood and lower your depression levels.
Getting to the bottom of what’s causing your depression can help, but there isn’t a specific cause for some people. They simply don’t make enough of the “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, and so they feel down and depressed. There are medications that they can take, and they can also work with therapists and counselors so that they learn how to look at life’s events differently. It’s not a quick fix or an overnight cure, but things will begin to improve for a depressed person who takes getting better seriously. There’s no time like the present when it comes to getting started on the road to recovery.