Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus
Dawn had been feeling extremely depressed for months. But, because she felt that she had no reason to be depressed, she was embarrassed to tell anyone how she was feeling. She put on a happy face in front of her friends and family, and continued to suffer alone.
Almost everyone gets the blues from time to time ~ that feeling of sadness or grief that usually results from unpleasant life experiences. While many people refer to the blues as depression, however, true clinical depression is as different from the blues as pneumonia is from a case of the sniffles!
The blues is a temporary and usually normal reaction to stressful life situations. Most cases don’t involve physical symptoms, loss of self-esteem, or suicidal thoughts, and the negative state usually passes within a few hours or days.
Depression on the other hand, is an intense, pervasive and long-lasting disorder of mood that attacks the body as well as the mind, often resulting in serious problems in work, social, and physical functioning.
Symptoms of depression often include disturbances with sleep, appetite and body weight, energy, concentration, and sexual functioning. There is frequently excessive guilt, feelings of worthlessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, and, in severe cases, thoughts of ~ or attempts at~ suicide.
Unfortunately, some people don’t recognize depression for the serious illness it is. They think of it as a personality flaw, a sign of weakness, a character defect, or, perhaps, a temporary blue mood.
The fact is, clinical depression is an illness, not a weakness or a passing blue mood. Depressed people cannot simply “snap out of it” or just “pull themselves together,” any more than a diabetic can merely snap out of a blood sugar imbalance. And, without appropriate treatment, symptoms can last for months or even years.
Some depressions are the result of a chemical imbalance and may only be treated by anti-depressant medication. Some require psychotherapy, and still others a combination of methods.
The good news is that
• more than eighty percent of depression sufferers can be treated successfully.
If you, or someone you care about is depressed,
• seek help now by contacting your family doctor or a qualified mental health specialist.
Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus is a licensed psychologist, Co-founder and Clinical Director of The Lazarus Institute. In addition to his general psychotherapy practice, Dr. Clifford Lazarus specializes in health and neuropsychology.
Dr. Clifford Lazarus received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology from Rutgers University where he was a Henry Rutgers Research Scholar. Seen here are excerpts from one of his books, The 60-Second Shrink – 101 Strategies For Staying Sane In a Crazy World, a book, he co-authored with his father “One of the ten most influential psychotherapists in America” Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D. For more details on Dr. Clifford Lazarus visit this link to The Lazarus Institute. Or visit his page here on friendlysuggestions.com.
Direct links to two highly recommended books by Dr. Clifford Lazarus and Dr. Arnold A. Lazarus: