First of all, depression is an illness and needs to be acknowledged as such. There should be no reason for you, or anyone, to feel ashamed. The reason so many people fail to seek help for their depression, is that they feel embarrassed by it. Unfortunately, embarrassment is one of the strong feelings associated with depression and makes it difficult to admit to these feelings.
If you are constantly feeling low, well-meaning friends might tell you to “snap out of it” or even start to get irritated by your mood. Your depression will feed off this negativity. You start to feel that there is something wrong with you because you can’t just snap out of it. You have a medical condition and, as such, you require medical treatment. If you had a cold for several months would you just ignore it and hope it would pass? No, you would take cold medicine or maybe see your family doctor to find out if there’s an underlying cause for your illness.
Depression is also a sadness that lasts way too long. Everyone is sad at some point in their lives but depression is more than just that. It is a feeling that you can’t bring yourself up from the bottom. You tend to give up trying and then people tend to start to avoid you. You need to find external help to treat your problem in the same way you would with any other illness. There could an underlying physical cause creating your depression.
If your family doctor cannot help you the doctor may refer you for counseling. Don’t be embarrassed by this referral. This could finally be the correct treatment for your illness. In some cases, individuals don’t bond with the first counselor and need to seek a second opinion.
In very many cases, acknowledging depression may be extremely difficult because you have lived with it for so long. You may feel angry all the time or feel anxious and have trouble sleeping. You may think your family may be better off without you and may have thought of running away or even committing suicide. At this point you must consider speaking to a friend or family member and seek help.
Once you have acknowledged that you have depression please remember it is a medical condition and it can be treated and cured. Seek and accept help and you will find there is a different, and better, way of seeing life.