Depression is a mental illness, which one should not confuse with the short-term emotional distress, anxiety attacks or feeling low, which also are constituents of depression. Anyone can feel low for a brief period of time, or have anxiety attacks once in a while, but that does not mean they are suffering from depression. Depression is much more serious than that, and is a persistent feeling of sadness, loneliness, grief, uselessness, and emotional pain. If not treated at the right time, it can lead to a person turning suicidal, and may try to harm himself/herself or commit suicide.
I work with clients in a variety of different ways recognising that each person is different and the way they experience the depression is different. The first thing is to listen and understand - this I not important for me to do but for the client also - then we make a plan together to help you move forward and upwards. The main point here is that we gain momentum; it is in movement that we begin to escape the paralysis of depression.