Realizing and accepting this may be a very hard pill to swallow, but is essential for ones happiness.
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One in 10 people in the UK will experience depression at some point in their lifetime and not getting treatment can be life threatening.
We all have times when we’re down, sad and deflated and we often say we’re just ‘feeling a little depressed’.
Depression can have many sources and is a perfectly normal reaction to loss, damaged self-esteem or the struggles of everyday life. There are many tell-tale signs associated with depression, but your symptoms can be very different to those experienced by another person.
Depression can also display itself through physical symptoms such as joint pain, chest pain (get that checked immediately), back pain, appetite changes and digestive issues. It is estimated that by 2020, major depression will be the second most diagnosed illness in the world, behind heart disease. When diagnosing depression, the past is almost as important as the present and the doctor should also discuss any family history of depression as well as specific incidents that may have occurred in your life.


Along with medication, Psychotherapy is one of the most widely accepted methods of treating clinical depression, it’s role is to help the person develop coping strategies.
The benefits of psychotherapy can be life-changing, it can help reduce stress, give you a new perspective, help you maintain medication and simply open up about your condition.
Far too many people fail to recognise the symptoms of clinical or major depression, resulting in a lack of diagnosis or treatment. Intermediate Training In Acceptance And Commitment TherapyThe intermediate Training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) follows on from the Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy two day course.
But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. Now there’s a sober fact to kick things off, but major depression really can be a killer. At such a time; feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, and low self-worth are normal, but if they last for more than a couple of weeks and are stopping you from functioning normally, then your depression may be caused by more than just sadness. The length of time a person is affected, it’s severity and frequency can also vary, it all depends on the individual and what they’re going through.
Physical symptoms of depression can be easier to ignore than emotional ones and are often attributed to other causes.


For a doctor to accurately diagnose depression they must combine a physical examination with a patient conversation, by talking with the patient, a doctor can uncover patterns in lifestyle habits, daily moods and general behaviours. The length of therapy required will vary from person to person and while some may only need a handful of sessions, those more resistant to therapy may benefit from longer-term, maintenance therapy. Without suitable treatment; depression can cause intense suffering and may even lead to suicide. As a result many depressed people never get help and sometimes; even doctors can miss the signs.
Intense and long lasting sadness may be a sign of clinical depression or major depression, but all too often we brush it off as a ‘bad mood’.



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