Depression is a mental illness, which one should not confuse with the short-term emotional distress, anxiety attacks or feeling low, which also are constituents of depression. Anyone can feel low for a brief period of time, or have anxiety attacks once in a while, but that does not mean they are suffering from depression. Depression is much more serious than that, and is a persistent feeling of sadness, loneliness, grief, uselessness, and emotional pain. If not treated at the right time, it can lead to a person turning suicidal, and may try to harm himself/herself or commit suicide.
I approach patients with depression through various routes at the same time so that treatment has as much effect as possible and helps clients recover from their disruptive mental state sooner. First of all, I listen, understand, analyse and evaluate the problems of my client through verbal counselling sessions, and then categorise their depression level medically to define the treatment path to follow. Depression is treatable, and there are many effective treatments available.