In a previous post I described the various ways depression can manifest itself and in today’s post I wish
to focus on ways to cope with or treat clinical depression.
If you think you might be depressed, I have described in this post the steps to take to alleviate this very treatable condition. To summarize they are:
- consult a mental health professional to obtain a qualified assessment of the degree of seriousness of your mood disturbance
- obtain from this professional a recommendation of what steps you can take to alleviate whatever degree of depression you have
- get actively involved in your recovery program
- develop a “Maintenance program” to maintain your recovery.
Are you experiencing normal sadness or clinical depression?
In the previous post I discussed the ways that ordinary sadness and clinical depression are distinguished. However this is not always easy. For example if you have experienced depression over a long period of time, perhaps from childhood, it may seem “normal” to you but it most definitely is not. Therefore I recommend that you have a “depression check up” from a competent mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker.