Depression – Therapy & Counselling
Depression is a prolonged and deep feeling of sadness and loss which can leave you feeling hopeless about the future.
Statistics suggest that one in two people will experience feelings of depression at some point in their lifetimes.
It is completely normal to feel sad when you experience the loss of a close relative or if a relationship breaks down and because we all experience loss in our own ways, it’s impossible to say what is normal sadness and what is abnormal.
Although depression is often described as an illness or disease in the brain due to chemical imbalances, there is no scientific evidence supporting this model and it remains highly contested.
However, if you are struggling to come to terms with a recent loss, or if you are feeling hopeless then you may experience a long-term level of sadness that could reasonably be described as depression.
Symptoms of Depression
There are a range of symptoms that might indicate that you are depressed including:
- Continuously feeling sad
- A long-lasting low mood
- Feelings hopeless
- Feeling helpless
- Having low self-esteem
- Crying a lot
- Feeling guilty
- Being irritable or intolerant of other people
- Feeling unmotivated
- Not enjoying life
- Feeling anxious
Furthermore, may also experience physical symptoms such as:
- Speaking or moving very slowly
- Losing your appetite
- Losing or putting on weight
- Aches and pains
- A lack of energy
- Having poor quality sleep
Additionally, your level of social interaction may also be affected and include:
- Avoiding contact with friends
- Giving up your interests or hobbies
- Struggling with people at work
- Avoiding family or other people in general
Moreover, may have some or even all of these symptoms and, to some extent, each of them might be considered to be normal feelings.
However, when you are depressed they tend to be much more persistent and long lasting in nature.
What Causes Depression?
Depression is linked to various life experiences, most frequently involving some sort of loss or breakdown in relationships.
Be that as it may, everybody responds to these experiences in different ways so they are best described as possible causes rather than definitive causes.
- Losing a close relative or friend
- Getting divorced
- Being ill
- Losing your job
- Being unable to pay your bills
- Early life trauma or abuse
Overall, an important factor to take into consideration is that your interpretation of any of these experiences (what you think they meant) has more today with how you feel than the actual experience itself.
This is because we all make sense of our experiences in subjective, unique ways.
Therapy & Counselling for Depression
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for depression and related problems.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression
- The CORE programme for Depression
- Counselling for Depression
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.
Arrange a FREE initial consultation
If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from depression then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any therapy or counselling going forward.
This consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet our therapists and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
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