What is Depression?

Depression is a feeling of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that is persistent and affects your everyday life.  It comes in many shapes, colours and forms.  When you’re in the grip of depression it can feel overwhelming and overpowering.

If you experience depression as a low mood although feels like you’re walking through treacle, you can still find ways to get on with your day to day life.  When it’s an unrelenting debilitating condition, then it can feel as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel.  And at it’s worse leaving you feeling suicidal.

And, it’s is common.  One in six people in the UK suffers from depression or anxiety.  So, you’re not alone.  Just think about that the next time you’re walking down the high street or are in the local supermarket.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

When you’re suffering from depression you may have a range of symptoms.  These include:

  • A persistent and underlying range of feelings including numbness, emptiness, hopelessness or despair.
  • A change in sleep pattern. You might be sleeping a lot or finding it difficult to sleep at all.
  • Experiencing panic attacks, where you feel a sense of imminent doom.
  • Lacking self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Feeling guilty, worthless and down on yourself
  • Being disconnected from friends and family.
  • Dominant negative feelings, with no sense of motivation or excitement.
  • You might find yourself spontaneously crying or feeling that you could cry at any moment.
  • Anger and irritability which seem to come out of the blue and then escalate quickly
  • Comfort eating or be drinking a lot more alcohol.

Causes of Depression

If you do start to feel depressed there is usually a triggering event. These triggering events may be the breakup of a relationship or death of a loved one that causes severe grief and loss.

How I Work With Depression

Depression can pass.  You can overcome it and experience a sense of relief.  Counselling can help you manage life’s difficulties and periods of hopelessness without falling back into the dark hole that often feels more like a grave.  You can experience more than fleeting moments of light.

There are however no instant solutions.  The sessions will help you make sense of your feelings and offer you practical tools to feel less overwhelmed.  To experience meaningful change will require you to be actively part of the process.  In the throws of depression that might feel hard.  The sessions support you gradually to do this.  As you develop the capacity to tolerate intense negative emotions you will notice that you begin to be less overwhelmed by them.

Understanding what the deeper feelings are beneath symptoms can then be part of the work.

Contact Me Today to Talk

Find out more about how counselling for depression can support you.  Call 07535 864836 or click the Get in Touch button for a FREE 15-minute consultation.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.