I am aware that depression is very common, especially among the younger population. Here I will share how depression looks from a psychic perspective.
First I never had a client come in specifically wanting to deal with depression. Instead the client comes in because he/she can't make something happen in his life. He may have had a dream that he simply has not been able to fulfill and he's frustrated. Or a relationship is not working. Or there is a pressing decision about work or career. In other words clients have come in with every type of complaint and challenge -- none depression.
During the session, I find depression at the core of the problem.
From a psychic point of view depression is an inability to know one's true, authentic self. Not knowing one's true self, one is unable to reach out in the world and create what one needs and wants, express one's desires, talents and abilities, and thereby experience fulfillment, satisfaction, peace and joy.
Depression in an adult is the inability to know one's true desires, needs and talents. There is only a vague restlessness and vague images of dreams. Not knowing these authentic needs and desires, one cannot take action to fulfill them. One remains shut down, depressed, sad, alone.
Usually the adult who comes in to see me is frustrated because she cannot make something happen. The way to start to change this shut-down, depressed state of being is to start moving -- very slowly -- start taking action in directions one feels drawn, but doubts.
Most of the time the cause is in childhood. When a child does not receive attention, meaningful interaction, and guidance from a parent, he is unable to know her authentic self.
When a child receives attention and guidance, she is automatically supported in exploring the world. She develops confidence and competency to go into new life experiences. Going into new life experiences is growth.
Also, to date, what I have seen is that one can't do it alone. Or it is very difficult. What is ideal is for the person to have a mentor. Basically someone to hold his hand while he goes into new life experiences.
Going into new things, in the direction of fulfillment of one's desires brings on an overwhelming experience of authentic self. This is generally hugely disorienting, and the person is likely to withdraw from the endeavor. The experience of disorientation -- which everyone experiences when going into new territories, especially creative territories -- is something a person learns how to live with and keeps moving forward with the new endeavor.
If one is supported in taking steps to fulfill dreams, one slowly moves into the center of her authentic being. This is a new identity, and very different from the identity that operated from the childhood energy.
It takes time to get used to living a life where the person has an idea and can fulfill it, has a need and can fulfill it, a life where there is a consistent experience of fulfillment and satisfaction. But if the person understands the problem and perseveres in the effort to actualize his truth, one succeeds.
This is what I see when I give psychic readings to my clients who have this issue and these are the solutions that I see.
If you're dealing with depression and what I am saying here resonates with you, perhaps you can begin to think in terms of small steps you can take to begin to unfold the dreams inside you.