Our expert says:
I understand that you may think you might have depression, and, especially if there is a family history of depression, this may well be the case. What I don't understand is when you say you don't intend to see someone about it. I don't know of any situation which "does not allow, nor.. for many years (allow )" one to go for diagnosis and treatment.
The degree of unhappiness, amplification of pain and other symptoms, and sheer misery is not to be underestimated, not the risk of suicide. And problems with concentration and motivation decreasing your work performance. ANd that i9 is all unnecessary as most depressions respond well to the proper treatment - with medication and/or CBT style counselling.
And there i acumulating evidence that with depression and some other similar illnesses, the longer one delays before starting appropriate treatment, the more difficult it can become for treatment to be effective, or the benefits could be delayed.
There is no coherent or respectable religious faith or philosophy that argues against getting proper treatment for ANY medical or psychiatritc condition.
The reason most lay sites don't discuss how to deal with cognitive impairment, indecisiveness, poor concentration, etc, apart from steering one towards proper professional help, is that such help is what anyone in that situation needs.
And as depression gets worse, it tends to undermine your ability to assess your situation and make wise decisions about your health, and, as research has shown, distorts your perceptions and memory, so that you focus inceasingly on negative aspects of life and ignore or fail to notice , positive aspects.
Thus, though a desire to "deal with it myself" is in many ways admirable, with an illness that undermines your essential ability to do that, this may be a policy doomed to failure.
You might, though, appreciate the approach of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) for depression, which concentrates on helping you to identify, assess, and revise and change, unhelpful habits of thought and behaviour which are contributing to a depression. So your contribution is vital, but informed and guided, rather than solitary and ineffective.
And rather than being one-size-fits-all, it tailors the approach YOU will be using, to your own specific beliefs and circumstances
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