Depression is much more than feeling blue, having a bad day, or even grieving a loss. Depression is a significant mental health problem that can destroy your like. Most people donít really understand how debilitating depression can be. The typical advice is to "Get over it", "Pick yourself up by your bootstraps", "Itís not that bad", "Just ignore it and go have fun". If that kind of advice works then youíre probably not really in depression.
Depression can cause a multitude of problems such as low self-esteem, guilt, anxiety, sad and hopeless mood, negative outlook, inability to experience pleasure, suicidal thoughts, early morning insomnia, lethargy, over eating or loss of appetite, loss of sexual interest, cognitive impairment, memory loss, anger problems, increase of addictions, and lack of motivation.
Depression often has a biological component (brain chemistry), an emotional component (unresolved grief, guilt, anger, or anxiety), and a cognitive component (negative thinking, pessimistic expectations). There is hope for the depressed person. Often a combination of medication and therapy are very effective in helping the most depressed person.