Dr Chris James - artist, writer, researcher, critical theorist and transpersonal psychotherapist.
There is nothing wrong with feeling occasionally depressed. It is quite normal we cannot be happy all the time. There are different types of depression, severe depression, mild depression and bipolar disorder. Ongoing depression and/or severe [acute] depression is much more than feeling sadness or being a bit down. Ongoing depression is a combination of factors that render life unworkable and in crisis. Ongoing depression can become acute depression, which affects the ability to work, to care for oneself and to enjoy life. If you think you might be suffering depression the first thing to do is to consult your doctor to make sure there are no physical reasons why you are feeling depressed. Some forms of depression can be inherited. Self-help and good management can assist with the affects of depression. If you would like more information or help with this problem send me an email.
A therapist cannot give you a clinical diagnosis of bipolar disorder. If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions then you should see your doctor. A therapist can help you manage this condition by providing skills that will enable you to self-diagnose a possible oncoming incident so you can take immediate action to prevent or lessen the affects. While people might be predisposed to bipolar disorder the every day life world sets in place the triggers for an incident. Managing life means managing the incidents of bipolar events. If you would like to know more about bipolar disorder or would like to contact me send an email
Happiness is a habit and like any other habit it is learned behaviour. If we have bad experiences and we carry them around for a long time then we are likely to feel unhappy. It is very necessary to work through these bad experiences in order to find happiness. Sometimes, not having the things we want can make us unhappy. Again, we may have to learn that the things we want are not as important as we might think they are. We cannot be deliriously happy all the time, sometimes there is a need for sadness, or contemplation. Happiness is something we are always striving towards.