Depression is a much used word that is commonly used by individuals to describe a variety of states and habitual ways of thinking and feeling. As a therapist and NLP practitioner, I am always wary of “labels” given to people by themselves or others as a form of shorthand to describe conditions. These labels are in themselves big generalisations, and within each individual there can be hugely significant variations in what everyone experiences. There is also a tendency once a condition is labelled, for the client themselves to become labelled, and then for a client to resign themselves to the idea that little can be done to help them. Many clients who research the assigned label for the condition, then begin to imagine additional problems ascribed to the standard definition of this condition, which is in itself unhelpful.
Typically people who are termed as having ‘depression’, have many of the following symptoms – sadness, despair, tiredness, lethargy, grief, frustration, guilt, anger, an inability to sleep and a sense of powerlessness, and lack of enjoyment which preoccupies their thoughts and feelings.
Often a person can recognise and even believe that they know the cause of the condition, but this does not affect the emotional response which maintains this unhelpful state.