Depression is often thought of as an intense and persistent sadness or hopelessness about life – and it can look like that but it can also look like having low energy and motivation, being easily irritated and lacking in enthusiasm for life’s small pleasures. Whether your depression is severe and life-threatening or it is a persistent feeling of disinterest and lethargy arising from a dysfunctional situation in your life, it is important to seek some help.
Treatment for depression includes working cognitively with your thought patterns and behaviors, discovering and resolving roots of circumstantial depression, trauma-work as well as relational and attachment work. Research shows that a large percentage of people struggling with depression developed it in response to earlier trauma so this is an important avenue for us to explore. Medication is still very commonly used but there is mixed research on effectiveness, especially for those with less severe symptoms – if you are interested in starting medication for your depression, you will need to see a medical doctor, ideally a psychiatrist or general practitioner who has specialization in treating mental health conditions. The combination of medication and therapy can be helpful for some but others find that medication inhibits their emotional process such that it is harder to access the material to work on the underlying causes.