MGF Counselling Services
M. Glenys Forrester (B.Sc.Psych) (M.Sc.Psych)


Depression

Depression is probably one of the most commonly reported illnesses, with more than 70% of the population being diagnosed at one time or another. There appears to be two major causes for depressive illness.

Clinical Depression
The balance of brain chemistry can cause the patient to experience major depressive symptoms. Such depression is defined by having a seriously depressed mood lasting two weeks or more and not seemingly related to any situation or difficulty in the patient's life. More seriously, a clinical history of depression lasting two years or more where the individual was not without symptoms for more than two successive weeks during that time.

Situational Depression
Can be the result of many of life's challenges. This type of depression can be triggered by the death of a spouse (most common) but loss of a job, financial security, etc, can also account for the depressed mood reported by some patients. It is a condition that responds well to short-term use of anti-depressants and can be helped further by counselling and the support of family and friends.

People with depression often give up activities they used to find enjoyable and life becomes slow and can be filled with feelings of hopelessness, dejection and guilt. Partners, family and friends often lose patience with the depressed person, leaving them feeling even more isolated.



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