Feeling depressed can cover a lot of different feelings, from feeling down or "blue" to what we would clinically diagnose as Major Depressive Disorder. Whatever the intensity we know that it can seriously affect the quality of your life and that as a society it is becoming more common.
In March of 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement stating that depression is the “the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.” They estimate that more than 300 million people worldwide are now suffering a clinical depression. This reflects an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Unfortunately over the last decade Depression has been more and more described in medical terms. This has resulted in individuals simply treated as having a neurological disorder and prescribed medication. However, the latest research suggest that there are many different types of depression and at Stonetree Therapy we regularly see individuals who may have once fit the criteria for clinical depression no longer be eligible for that diagnosis.
Such results come from a comprehensive look at an individual's life, social ties and history.
We also know that sometimes it's hard to make the phone call and that first appointment. Cruelly, depression can inflict a sense of discontent while simultaneously robbing us of the energy and blinding us to the needed changes. That's why having someone who understands and can create an individualized way out is so important.