When sypmtoms of depression are not adressed they can lead to a number of life depleating consequences such as break up of relationships, loss of employment, loss of love for life and the most severe of circumstances suicide.
In severe cases medication is nessecary for people to engage in more long term treatments such as addressing lifestyle, and excersise. The common feelings of not being able to cope with life, ask for help, or see way out, shame and numbness can be addressed effectively by person centred counselling. All these symptoms are undoubtabley exasberated by current public attitudes towards mental health but the person centered theory would recognise the part of ones external locus of evaluation.
One concern amoung person centred counsellors is the desire for people to seek treatment for drepression as an illness and as such risking pathologising an individual for what could be described as just being part of being human.
“This medicalisation of misery does nothing to change the actual situation that the person finds themselves in (drugs cannot bring back a loved one who has died, for example). It also diverts someone from exploring social factors or life events that may have led to the unhappiness in the first place and their satisfaction (or otherwise) with the way that they are living their lives.” In person centered terms they are denied the chance to experience events fully or to investigate the extent to which their self-concept matches the flow of their experiencing. (Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Joan Tollen and Paul Wilkins)
The conditions provided by person centred therapy can facilitate positive change for people suffering from the symptoms of depression.