If you are very depressed, then you are not alone because there are approximately 19 million other people like you who suffer with some form of depression. There are basically 6 general types of depression with all sorts of subcategories within the disorder. Depressive disorders range in degree of severity from mild to dangerously severe. While depression can become very serious for those who suffer with the condition, the good news is that it is one of most treatable of all mental and emotional disturbances.
Probably everyone has experienced some sort of feelings of depression at some point in life and it is normal to feel sad, down, angry, fatigued and lonely especially when a traumatic event has happened or some major disappointment has occurred. But when these symptoms as well as other symptoms continue for two weeks or more, it is wise to seek help in determining what type of condition has arisen and how to best deal with it. Those who continue to be very depressed and can’t seem to pull out of the sinking sand of emotional pain have usually become clinically depressed and should get some support to help them resolve the condition.
There are various ways to find help and support in dealing with this very painful disorder. Both free, low cost and of course, traditional methods of professional mental health care are available depending on your financial circumstances and your personal preferences of treatment. There are non-profit and community sponsored support groups and self help formats that are of tremendous help. These are usually free for anyone.
Many area wide churches also offer Pastoral Counseling to anyone who desires help even if they aren’t church members. Religious organizations usually offer free counseling or charge a small fee based on a sliding scale which is dependent on the counselee’s ability to pay. If you are interested in this type of counseling, more information can be found for your area at the websites of the American Association of Christian Counselors or American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Other ways to find help for depression is through Community Health Centers that are sponsored by counties or states. Those who qualify for state aid can receive professional mental health counseling for free. If you prefer a private counselor or other type of mental health professional, you can sometimes negotiate lower fees so that you can avoid large bills which only add more stress. If at some point your doctor or counselor recommends medication for physical or psychological problems, there are some non-profit organizations that help provide patients with free or low cost meds. Needy Meds and The Medicine Program are two organizations that can help you get the meds you need.
The type of depression you are struggling with will determine the kind of treatments that will help you most. If you are very depressed, please seek help from some source and also talk to a loved one as they can support you during this time. Don’t wait.