Depression comes in many forms (i.e. daily, episodic, seasonal, hormonal & postpartum). For some it is a loss of energy or interest in typically pleasurable activities. Other people feel a heavy sadness with no explained cause. Depression is often difficult for family members to understand, and family may need to be included in the treatment process. Genetic, chemical and situational factors may play a part in triggering a depressive episode; but in many cases there is no identifiable source of the depressive episode. Postpartum Depression may occur after the birth of a child, which is typically a happy time in many people’s lives, but leaves the mother feeling alone and isolated. The most severe depressions, leave people wanting to end their own lives through suicide.
If you are feeling suicidal, please go to a local emergency room or ask for help by calling the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1(800)273-8255.