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depressed young womanAt Mind and Wellness Counselling, we teach you how to use Mindfulness Practice as a way to effectively deal with symptoms of depression and live a healthy and active life.

Depression takes many different forms, and it affects people at different levels of intensity. Just about anyone can experience this illness, regardless of age, sex or income level. Depression affects people on both physical and emotional levels. It can be hard to identify for certain since it shares some of its symptoms with other illnesses and states of mind. For example, someone who suffers a serious loss will experience grief, but if they grieve too long or too much, it can turn into depression. The rising number of young people becoming depressed is cause for concern, and it's important to know the signs of clinical depression. (See Blog: 10 Main Symptoms of Depression)

Depression is much more than feeling sad. It is a mood disorder that can interfere with everyday life. According to medical experts, there are six types of depression: major depression, atypical depression, dysthymia, portpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Depression with mania is known as bipolar disorder or manic depression.

For some depression is largely genetic, while for others it's onset comes later in life following a period of sadness or trauma. Simple life events can also contribute significantly to the onset of depression: a death in the family, relationship problems, financial issues, growing older and more, each acting as a potential trigger for a general feeling of malaise or even a crippling bout with depression. For those living with depression or living with a family member with this illness, many things can be done to make life manageable, and even enjoyable.

Therapy and treating depression with antidepressants is a common way for patients and doctors alike to manage it. But, many millions of those with depression are un-medicated and live happy lives the majority of the time. Best practice is to now use antidepressants, together with a mindful approach to life.