Depression counselling can help:

  • Low mood
  • Postnatal depression (PND)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of desire
  • Changes in appetite
  • Social withdrawal
  • Grief/loss
  • Redundancy




Depression


What is depression?


As many as one in five of us experiences depression at some point during our lifetime. At any one  time, 10 per cent of us are depressed, according to the Mental Health Foundation. Not everyone  seeks treatment for depression, and some people don’t ever share it with friends and family, let  alone a healthcare professional.  This is why precise figures on the incidence of depression are  hard to come by, but we do know that it is more likely to happen as a result of certain life events,  or at certain ages, or times. Teenagers are about twice as likely as younger children to become  depressed, and about 12 to 15 per cent of mothers become depressed after pregnancy and  childbirth. There is a further peak at age 65 plus. Depression is much more than feeling a ‘bit  down’ or ‘low’ occasionally, perhaps as a reaction to bad news, or some temporary difficulty in  your life or at work. You may be depressed if you feel tired a lot of the time, even if you’ve been sleeping a lot; if your motivation for doing even normally enjoyable things has gone; if you have mystery aches and pains or headaches.

 

​How to cope with depression?


Many people with depression have a strong tendency to ‘ruminate’, repeatedly churning over  problems, difficult conversations and situations, to try to resolve them. But rumination is usually  not helpful, and can actually get in the way of problem solving, and make depression worse.

There’s no single way of experiencing any of this, however. Some people become intensely  depressed for a relatively short time, maybe lasting a few weeks; others may be mildly  depressed for a long time, even years. Other people have variations on this, or a mix of  experiences. There is some evidence that depression runs in families (especially bipolar  depression) and there  may be a genetic factor for some people. Major life pressures, especially  bereavement or serious  stress at work, or relationship difficulties, can also put people at higher  risk. Fortunately, there are a variety of psychological therapies available to alleviate depression  and it's cognitive, behavioural and emotional symptoms. If you feel that you need help to combat depression please do not hesitate to contact me.

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