Occasional moods of feeling low are a perfectly normal part of everyday life and we all experience them. A Bereavement, stress and work problems, difficult relationships, illness and pain, changes to our identity (such as redundancy or parenthood)…these can all have a detrimental effect on our lives. Hormonal changes, after childbirth or menopause or during the Winter months (SAD) can alter our emotional and physical balance and effect our mental well-being.
Although some of these feelings can improve given time, there are some feelings of depression which do not pass and which may benefit from therapeutic treatment such as depression counselling. The symptoms of these may include some of the following:
- Continuous feelings of sadness/tearfulness
- Anxiety/worry/panic attacks
- Lack of motivation/frantic activity
- Sleeplessness/tired all the time when awake
- Low self-esteem/feeling worthless/feeling suicidal
- Self harming/taking risks through alcohol/drug abuse
- Poor self image, eating too much or too little
- Low libido/sex drive
- Aches and pains without physical cause/feeling ill all the time
- Avoiding social situations/cutting yourself off from others
These are be just some of the indicators that you may be suffering from depression, and it is important that these feelings are not ignored.
Depression affects at least 10% of the population at some time in their lives, including children and adolescents. 4% of children aged 4-16 suffer from depression. It may sometimes be a common theme in families.
Depression is a real illness. It is not a sign of weakness and something which you can ‘snap out of’. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can be supported with professional help. Most people are able to overcome depression with assistance.
Depression may present itself in many different ways and it may also be liked to other mental health problems such as anxiety.
In my practice I use a variety of strategies to help identify and treat depression. These might include talking therapies such as psychotherapy and CBT and also the use of Mindful Meditation (mindfulness) practices if appropriate. The main choice in every case is the individual client and what may most benefit him or her. Contact me if you’d like to discuss how I can help you with these feelings.