Many people feel that depression is their own problem suffering alone, and often feeling isolated. Getting depression help can be hard when you are in a state of mind, where you feel no one will understand you. Getting depression help can mean the difference between having a slight or mild case of depression, or lapsing into a severe heavy state of depression which could require long term antidepressant use or even hospitalization. Understanding Depression can be the first step to recovery. Once you understand your depression and realize you are not alone, getting depression help will be much easier.
When you are first diagnosed with depression, many doctors on the first visit will skip prescribing one of the many antidepressants and will often suggest that you to see a counselor. Often seeking depression help from a counselor maybe all you need to cure your depression, and the use a antidepressants may not be necessary. Furthermore, even if you are not clinically depressed, seeking the aid of a counselor or support group can get you back on your feet without the use of drugs. Understanding depression and the many types and treatments available should be the first step you take when seeking depression help.
By understanding depression you will realize that you are not alone and there are many good resourses that will help you get the depression help you need. There are many different types of depression, here are just a few and some basic descriptions of each.
Bipolar actually used to be called “manic-depression”. It is recognized for its erratic mood swings. The sufferer usually swings from great highs with wild ideas to extreme lows where they can become at risk of “suicide”.
Major depression also known as Clinical Depression or Unipolar Depression is considered the most serious type of depression in terms of symptoms and severity.
Dysthymic Disorder is less severe in symptoms then major depression but its duration is usually diagnosed after experiencing two or more of the following symptoms for more than 2 years.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is considered much more sever then Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) for its characteristics of deep depression and irritability usually a week or two prior or during menstruation.
If you are a teen and need depression help a good online resourse can be found at: http://teenadvice.about.com/od/depressionhelp/
The most important thing for people to know is that even in your hardest times, there is more to life than nothing at all. Life is a worthy challenge one must always meet.
Understanding depression and getting depression help is sometimes only a click or a phone call away.
DM Driscoll Petoskey, Michigan