Each person is unique, and each person's experience of depression is different. Many people will experience depression at times in their life, after all, it is a natural reaction to some of life's sadder circumstances such as loss, disappointment, or the end of a relationship. Others find that depressive episodes follow them throughout their life.
When these feelings stay with us for a long time, they can be overwhelming, affect normal life patterns and even manifest as physical symptoms which do not respond to normal treatment.
There are many common emotions that could lead to a diagnosis of depression if they become persistent; lack of enthusiasm, feeling hopeless, pessimistic, worthless, sad, anxious, irritable...
Anti-depressant medications are a life saver for some, and can be an aid to recovery. Counselling can get to the root of the problem.
There is a reason why you became depressed, that reason may be obvious to you though you seem unable to move on, or perhaps there has been an accumulation of circumstances over a period of time so that you can no longer pinpoint the cause....
Where feelings have become stuck, it is because they have not been addressed and processed so the mind is unable to move on.
Actually the mind is responding perfectly naturally to what is happening, it is saying 'this part needs to be heard, this feeling needs to be felt, not suppressed, and I'm not moving on until you do something about it!'
Counselling allows time and space to discover and experience the depth and detail of these feelings. A counsellor is an experienced and trusted companion who will stay with you and guide you to safely encounter feelings that you have locked away, and help you to understand them. The mind responds naturally and positively to this process and release follows. The mind also learns, so that when future circumstances arise that may lead to depression, you are better equipped to deal with feelings as they arise and move on.
This is a question I hear often, from those in despair, from those who have tried and failed, from those who have tried and succeeded and realised that the goals they once wanted do not satisfy.
The question may sound like the end of hope, but to me it's a great question, it signifies the beginning. The beginning of some of the most important questions we will ever ask; 'Who am I?' and 'What do I want/need?' You may be surprised by the answers you find.