What is Depression
This article explains depression and how it could make you feel. Including possible causes, how you can access treatment and support. Useful for yourself, friends and family. Depression affects almost one in 6 of us. You are not alone!
Many of us feel down from time to time. We feel fed up, miserable when things happen to us. It is very normal to experience depression when stressful events happen. If we have lost our job, ended a relationship etc. These are understandable reactions to upsetting or stressful events and experiences, it is also quite normal to experience them for no reason at all. But when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, this can be a sign of depression.
Depression affects almost one in 6 of us. The common symptoms are:
Feeling hopeless and helpless
You may feel that nothing will ever get better and you feel powerless to do anything to improve your situation.
Losing interest in your normal daily activities
Loss of interest in daily activities. You don’t care anymore about hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You don’t feel able to feel happy and pleasure.
Your appetite or weight changes
You may have lost a lot of weight or gained a lot of wait because you are comfort eating or have lost your appetite
You lack energy
You feel tired, sluggish, and constantly drained. “Feel like you are walking in treacle” where your body may feel heavy. Even easy, small tasks are difficult and take longer to finish
You say really negative things about yourself
You have strong feelings of guilt and worthlessness. You criticise yourself harshly for what you think are your faults and mistakes made
Your sleep changes
You could be sleeping too much or not at all. Or you could just find it hard to get off to sleep, wake during the night several times or wake up too early.
Having a short fuse
You may feel more anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is a lot lower, your temper short. Everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
You take part in behaviours to help you escape from your feelings such as drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs, gambling dangerous sports etc.
Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
There is no quick fix for dealing with depression. Medication can help to a certain extent but if you don’t deal with the underlying causes, you will always be dependent on them when there is really no need.
It is important to remember that you are not alone and help is available
If You Are Feeling Suicidal…
There are many people who want to support you during this difficult time, so please reach out! Remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a problem that is temporary as things never stay the same!
Call the Samaritans free telephone number on 116 123
Risk factors that make you more vulnerable to depression include:
- Lack of social support
- Marriage or relationship problems
- Isolation and loneliness
- Financial difficulties
- Early childhood trauma or abuse
- Recent stressful life experiences
- Family history of depression
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Unemployment or underemployment
- Health problems or chronic pain
Depression counselling and psychotherapy
Talking with me, a psychotherapist and counsellor, I can support you explore the root causes of your depression and low mood.
I would support you in looking at how what is happening with your mind, body, spirit and what is in your environment is impacting on how you are feeling. Will work together for a plan and a way forward for you.
The work I do with you is based on 35 years of research and client work with thousands of people. We provide Holistic Integrative sustainable, workable solutions that work!
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Depression treatment with me will help you tackle your depression and move forward with a positive outlook on your life.
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