Most people are suffering from one or the other type of depression, one acute, the other chronic. The condition is so controlling and so painful, and the depressed person so needful, that skilled help is essential. Most counsellors who use "talking out things" as their therapy are used to dealing with depression and anxiety. However, for many people, talk therapy can seem to take forever; and, often, even when the reasons for the depression are known, the depression symptoms remain." What is depression? How does it affect people? Depression is not "the blues." Feeling blue is a temporary condition. Depression seems like it will never end and if not treated can get worse. It can last for weeks or months--even many years. Long-term depression is insidious because it can give rise to other conditions and symptoms, some of which can be very serious even life thrusting.