Depression is very common, it affects people of all ages and backgrounds, and is one of the most common reasons for people seeking help from counsellors.
Often depression is a response to events or circumstances that are felt to be troublesome or distressing, or which seem to threaten our personal identity. Usually these circumstances seem too hard or even impossible to change. There can be a sense of powerlessness, hopelessness and an all-pervasive gloom.
However, sometimes people seem to get depressed for no obvious reason. In these cases, it may be that something that hurt deeply some time ago (even years ago) begins to surface now. Sometimes the onset of depression seems to be caused by nothing in particular, and can be the result of chemical or hormonal changes affecting our body.
It is understandable to feel down for a while after something upsetting has happened. Usually this disappointment passes with time, and people find that they can come to terms with what has happened and start to look forward to the future in a more positive way. However, if the low mood is frequent or persists, or seems so severe that it affects your ability to function normally, it is time to seek out some help.
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