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What is depression?

Feelings of low mood can affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; those feelings will usually pass. If the feelings persist and are interfering with your life it may be time to seek help.

Depression is quite common and affects men and women of all ages. Sometimes depression results from a particular life event or it can be the result of a build up of distress over a period.

Persistent feelings of sadness, loneliness, despair and low self-esteem, are usually a sign that something in your life is wrong. This can leave you feeling unhappy and isolated.

Are you feeling depressed?

People experience depression in different ways but here are some common symptoms:

  • Little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
  • Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or having little energy
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Feeling bad about yourself – or that you are a failure in some way
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Finding it hard to function at work
  • Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends

Depression

Causes of depression

Causes of depression can be complex. Some of us are more prone to depression than others. It can be a combination of factors such as an accumulation of stressful life events, relationship problems, family background or early life experiences. Prolonged experience of anxiety can also lead to depression.

How can counselling help depression?

Research has shown that counselling is effective in helping people with mild to moderate depression.  Counselling can help clients to access and express emotions and make sense of experiences that are confusing and distressing. Working with a counsellor who accepts and understands you can help you fell less isolated and this can be a very healing experience.

I am qualified in 'Counselling for Depression', a NICE guidelines approved method of working with depression.