Clinical depression is an extremely unpleasant and debilitating
condition, where at best can lead to feeling ‘blue’ and
at worst ‘total meltdown’ in physical, psychological, emotional
and social functioning. I have singled out the term clinical depression
to demonstrate that there are sub-categories relating to this disorder.
It is normal to experience bouts of low mood during our life but these
episodes of low mood do not necessarily constitute a diagnosis of clinical
depression. There exists diagnostic criterion which may be helpful in
establishing initial treatment modalities. For instance counselling
may be helpful during low bouts in our lives or if we are struggling
to understand or make sense of a situation, but if you are severely
depressed you may require more intensive treatment or professional support.
If you fall somewhere in the middle of this i.e. you experience reoccurring
episodes of depression (either following significant life events or
not), or you are generally managing but finding things a struggle then
CBT will most likely be the treatment of choice for you.*