Depression affects one in five people at some point in their lives. Anybody can get “the blues” – but if you are depressed, the negative feelings don’t leave after a few days and can get so bad that they interfere with daily life. Depression Counselling can help you to work through this.
Symptoms of Depression:
- Persistent sad or empty feelings
- Losing interest in life, lack of sex drive
- Finding it harder to make decisions
- Not coping with things that used to be manageable
- Fatigue, exhaustion
- Irritability, feeling restless and agitated
- Loss of appetite and weight or excessive eating
- Difficulty sleeping or sleep disturbances, excessive sleeping
Sometimes bad feelings are a natural result of ordinary life events and they are explainable. To the depressive it is much more than this. It is something which makes it difficult to deal with everyday life itself. It’s a serious illness, painful for the person experiencing it but also for those that care about the person.
“Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?”
Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Persian poet and mystic
There are a number of treatments, pharmacology (drugs), depression counselling or exercise. Research shows that talking therapies such as counselling are very effective, particularly if cognitive behavioural (CBT) techniques are used. Rythmic Exercise is very helpful either alone or in conjunction with other treatments – particularly if that is “your thing”. Think jogging or swimming or anything which is aerobic and rhythmical.Although its effectiveness is debated by some experts, pharmacology seems to work for some people and in this case you would make an appointment with your GP.
How can Depression Counselling Help?
The main benefit of working with a counsellor or a psychotherapist is that you can develop ways of thinking, and doing which you can use both now and in the future. We believe that a combination of techniques working together pull you through and out of depression. This is now being supported by some of the new research coming out.
In short, depression counselling helps you to:
- Explore the cause of your depressed emotions.
- Use strategies to combat your low moods
- Explore your thoughts and behaviours which contribute to low mood.
- Learn the techniques that work for you in the long term
“Creativity is the antithesis of depression. It is a way of saying that what I think and feel matters…Depression is not just an illness, but a failure of creativity. We all face the problem of creating meaning in our lives. When we’re depressed, we’ve lost hope for meaning. We all need to make a deliberate effort to make the self fertile; for the depressive, that effort is essential to life.”Richard O’Connor
Contact Us for Depression Counselling
At Reflexions Counselling and Psychotherapy we can help you to deal with these issues by working with you in a supportive and non-judgemental manner. Does this sound like it would be helpful to you?
Please call us now and make the changes that you want.
Or phone: 0191 5805080
Overcoming Depression – A self-help guide. Gilbert, P (2000). This provides practical ways of controlling depression and low mood with step-by-step guides to cope with depression, supported by case studies. A lot of detail in here in a fat book.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Good, clear information about depression, and treatment options. Worth a read. There’s a handout on here too.
Mind: Understanding depression