Are you feeling sad or miserable, tired and with a general loss of enjoyment in your life? These types of feelings may be part of life’s ups and downs. However sometimes it is hard to ‘snap out of it’ and it is important to know if it is depression that has become the problem.
Some of the symptoms of depression include:
Depression can be caused by lots of things. It may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Sometimes it can develop over a long period of time resulting in a low-grade depression. Or it may be triggered by something specific including an illness or other life events such as relationship issues, work changes, grief, loss, trauma or a combination of these things. Depression has the ability to stop your usual ability to function in life and cause severe distress and isolation.
HOW DOES THERAPY HELP?
- Persistent low mood or emotional numbness
- Feeling of sadness that won’t go away
- Losing interest or pleasure in your normal activities
- Crying for no apparent reason
- Excessive anxiety, agitation or worry
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Loss of energy, lethargy, tiredness or fatigue.
- Lack of motivation
- Reduced interest in sex
- Feeling worthless or hopeless
- Poor concentration or forgetfulness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of irritability
Talking to a skilled professional who understands depression and its impact on your esteem, on your daily life and relationships, often comes as a relief after struggling with this 'dark cloud' on your own.
Your counsellor or psychotherapist will offer practical help to effect constructive and positive change in your daily life as well as addressing the underlying patterns and other contributing factors that are causing the depression.
In identifying repetitive patterns of negative self-talk, positive thinking/cognitive strategies can then be practiced and implemented. That is, how we feel emotionally often depends on the thoughts we have in response to an event. We can change negative self-talk by identifying these thoughts when they happen and then develop strategies to replace these thoughts with constructive and positive ones. This helps us have control or mastery over the cycle of 'anxiety thoughts', a significant achievement in the overcoming of anxiety.
Counselling and Pyschotherapy has been proven to be effective in overcoming depression.
We can help you.
Our experienced Counsellors and Psychotherapists are here to guide you through this process.
Depression is Treatable
You can live your life with greater ease.
Relationships can improve.
You can have a greater experience of wellbeing.