Depression comes in many forms, says Nashville-based therapist Chuck Sugar, but none have to be faced alone. Here, the Licensed Professional Counselor answers common questions about depressive disorders.
Q: What is depression?
Chuck Sugar: Depression is an overwhelming sense of despair and hopelessness that doesn’t go away. It interferes with one’s daily life as well as relationships.
Q: How common is depression?
Chuck Sugar: There is really no way to quantify the actual number of cases, since many people who suffer from one form of depression or another never seek treatment.
Q: So there is more than one form of depression?
Chuck Sugar: Yes, there are several: major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorders, bipolar, psychotic, postpartum, and seasonal affective disorder.
Q: What characterizes major depression?
Chuck Sugar: This is when the depression is so pronounced that it interferes with life in general. It may be hard for those suffering to eat, sleep, check the mail, or even get dressed in the morning...