When it’s time to see a psychologist When it’s time to see a psychologist

Sometimes seeing a professional to manage your emotions can be helpful, as they can help prevent cases of depression, a condition that is becoming increasingly common.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), throughout the world, 332 million people suffer from depression, 788,000 of which die, almost all from suicide. It is estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the most common disease, exceeding figures for heart disease and cancer.

It is important to not confuse sadness with depression, however. As the WHO explains, if you experience not enjoying things such as work, studies, family or romantic relationships for longer than six months, in addition to sleeping problems or spending entire nights awake, you may be experiencing the onset of depression.

According to the  Spanish Society of Biological Psychiatry, if you are experiencing these feelings, the first step is to see a psychologist, which will help you determine whether it is necessary to see a psychiatrist.

According to the Spanish Society of Biological Psychiatry, there are two types of depression: endogenous (internal) and exogenous (external) depression. Endogenous depression is caused by a biochemical reaction (triggered by a change in the molecular structure of the DNA) it is usually hereditary and must be treated by a psychiatrist. (Related article: Anxiety: best if prevented).

Exogenous depression is analyzed within the person’s context and there is always a “culprit” behind the condition such as financial problems, divorce or grief after the loss of a loved one. Psychological help is important in these cases in order to overcome the situation in a healthy and conscious way.

Keep in mind that it is not a negative thing to ask for help. Some people can manage their emotions on their own and others need certain tools to manage their feelings in a better way.