Everyone has experienced feelings of depression at one time or another. These feelings commonly follow loss or disappointment and they usually pass in a few hours or days. When depressive feelings persist and interfere with one's health and social well-being, then some sort of intervention or professional help is needed.
What is depression?
Depression is a prolonged and persistent negative mood which can interfere with many aspects of one's life. It is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, excessive guilt, loneliness, sadness, hopelessness, and self-doubt. Normal, everyday depression can last for a few minutes to a few days. These feelings are a normal part of being human. Depression that lasts for extended periods of time and impacts a person's ability to function socially may be something beyond the "everyday sort." This type of depression can often be helped by working with a counselor.
How to Overcome Depression & Regain a Positive Outlook
Research has proven that depression is best treated with a combination of therapy and antidepressant medication. Therapy involves changing the way one thinks. When people are depressed they tend to think negatively. During counseling sessions, the therapist will help you identify unrealistic views you may hold of yourself, the world, and the future. Therapy will help you recognize depressive thoughts and gain insight and understanding about events in your life which may have contributed to your depression. With growing insight you can often learn more effective ways of coping with your feelings and changing your behavior.