There are many causes of depression, most significant of which are: genetic inheritance; biological imbalances; and environmental stress, such as job loss. It can also be caused as a result of physical illness or substance abuse.
While everyone experiences sadness due to a variety of reasons from disappointments to the loss of a loved one, a severe prolonged sorrow that interferes with the ability to function, maintain interests or feel pleasure is in fact an illness of depression.
Depressive illness comes in many forms and is common amongst millions of North Americans. For every person that suffers from this illness, there are three to four relatives, friends and/or employees who are adversely affected.
There are a myriad of depressive illness symptoms ranging from lethargy, inability to experience enjoyment, exaggerated sadness, feelings of worthlessness to extreme irritability, unpredictable emotional change and impulsive high risk activities.
Overcoming Depression is a program that is designed to help clients maintain a positive outlook in life: being optimistic; gracefully accepting failure as a learning experience; being courageous; pursuing social, cultural and intellectual interests; motivating and rewarding themselves on goal accomplishments; in addition to other strategies.
The duration of the program is usually 10 to 12 individual sessions and the program can also be completed in a shorter period of time.