According to the media and several bodies of research, depression is almost always at epidemic levels, but some people just cope better than others. However, there are those who simply can’t identify this condition for what it is and consequently don’t seek treatment as they can and should. Oftentimes, social workers are called in to assess the situation and recommend treatment plans which may or may not include ongoing consultations with the client. If you are among those who have feelings that can be easily identifiable as depression, it is in your best interest to seek the help and advice of a social worker within one of your community social services networks, so that you can learn to overcome it.
Initial Meeting with the Client
When being assigned a caseload, a supervisor who probably holds a masters in social work will try to match specific cases with the expertise and specific experience of the social worker. Although this is not always possible due to the sheer numbers of people who are presenting in various stages of clinical depression, social agencies try to match geriatric patients with a social worker who specializes in the elderly and those with PTSD and suffering depression as a consequence with a worker who has done extensive work with those who are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder. Again, it isn’t always possible to do so, but whenever possible, social workers will be assigned cases within their field of experience.
Now That You Know What Happens
Now that you understand that there is no social stigma to suffering from depression and that it is a serious condition that afflicts a large portion of the population, you should feel more relaxed about talking to someone about your feelings. Rather than give you all sorts of platitudes reassuring you that things will be better in the morning or that you can lift yourself out of depression, it is recommended that you really do seek help. It is out there. Social workers study in nationally renowned programs such as this one to get their MSW online and are there because they care. They are not there to judge nor are they there to assume they know what you are feeling. They are there to listen to you tell your story and explain why you have the feelings you have.
Plenty of Reasons to Be Depressed
There are many uncertainties in life and with all the geopolitical strife and economic problems besetting us on a daily basis, there are plenty of reasons in life to be depressed. The only real problem is that most of us haven’t learned the coping strategies we need to overcome depression before it becomes clinical in nature. A social worker can best assess your current situation and recommend a program appropriate to your needs. If you are depressed over an extended period of time, seek the help you need. You are not alone as there are millions of depressed people in this country alone facing similar feelings to yours. Help is out there so don’t be afraid to ask.
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