The term depression is used to describe a variety of moods, ranging from low spirits to more severe mood problems that can make everyday life difficult. People often report a low mood with a loss of interest and pleasure, extreme feelings of guilt and worthlessness, as well as hopelessness and suicidal thoughts. In addition, people have shown to either gain or lose weight during a depressive episode. It is not uncommon to experience a lack of energy or fatigue. Depression can recur and for about 1 in 5 people, the illness is chronic.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from depression, we would like to encourage you to speak with your GP about the symptoms you are experiencing. Your GP might suggest treatment in the form of counselling and psychotherapy and anti-depressants.
Counselling can be very effective in treating the symptoms of depression by looking at your behaviours and thoughts and how to change them to be more positive for you. It can also help you learn to relate better to others and feel more connected to them. You can explore how you would like things to be better in the future and work towards reaching those goals. In addition, therapy and counselling can help you to learn how to get your needs met in a way that serves you better. You might learn better ways to find solutions and increase your resilience so that you will be able to bounce back better in future.
If you would like to talk to us about how counselling or therapy might help you, you can book in a 30 min free chat.