How do you know when to go for professional help? These are the 4 factors to consider. If you have any of them you should get help immediately.
If you are thinking about death, killing yourself or wanting to escape your distressful feelings through death, you are experiencing suicidal thoughts. This needs to be given immediate attention in therapy. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It is a global, irreversible and terrible solution to specific problems which depression distorts in your mind.
Depression Changing From Acute to Chronic
If you become depressed because of a traumatic event such as a break up, loss of job, illness or accident, then your depression could be considered normal in in the short term because of the circumstances. If this continues for a few months, the depression has become chronic and you may need to get help from a professional to change your outlook. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can start to experience some relief.
Are you staying in bed late when you used to rise early? Are you losing your marriage, or abusing your body with drugs or alcohol? If you have changed your lifestyle drastically and you're not functioning up to your previous level you need to get help to stop the downward spiraling.
You may be seeing things unrealistically (feeling hopeless, helpless, a lack of joy in activities you previously enjoyed, feeling apathy and deadness., loss of appetite, irritability). A good therapist can help you realize and change distortions that are common in people experiencing depression.