Brief periods of depression affect just about everyone at some point in time. It may consist of a variety of negative emotions including sadness, feeling “blue” or “down in the dumps”, pessimism, or a loss of interest in or pleasure from things that were once enjoyable. While most people are able to shake off these feelings and pull themselves out of a temporary depressive state, others are not. When those feelings persist or become serious enough to interfere with normal functioning, they are considered symptoms of a mental illness that is often referred to as “clinical depression”.
Below, Counselor Amanda Hill, NCC, gives her best tips to avoid falling into Depression.[jwplayer |config=player480|file=http://www.opposingviews.com/jwplayer/videos/video-455.flv | image=http://www.opposingviews.com/jwplayer/videos/image-455.jpg|plugins=ova-jw|ova.tag=http://ox-d.annihilatedmedia.com/v/1.0/av?auid=335478&c.url=__page-url__&c.title=&cb=__random-number__]