Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. It is an illness caused by changes in our brain chemistry. The World Health Organisation says that it's one of the most disabling disorders affecting one in five women and one in ten men in their lifetime.
Often, your symptoms might seem physical, not mental, and sometimes other people might notice something is wrong before you do. Depression can drastically lower your mood and make you feel hopeless, worthless and exhausted. It can affect your sleep, appetite and your physical health. It is an overwhelming feeling that can stop you from getting on with daily activities and interfere with your relationship both at home and at work.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. While being depressed isn't something you can just ‘snap out’ of, it can be helped through medication and regular and ongoing counselling. Recognising that you feel low is your first step in accepting your need for help. Depression can range from feeling low most of the time (mild depression), to feeling that life is no longer worth living (clinical depression).
I have worked with many clients who suffer from depression and each client is different. I use a more holistic approach to my work where I work with the individual person in their specific environment. Deciding to engage in the counselling process is an important step in managing depression. Affording yourself an hour a week to help support how you feel will develop more understanding about yourself and your situation, organise thoughts and perhaps forge new ways forward. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to find out more about how counselling can help or if you would like general information please visit: