Feeling low all the time?
Every now and then we can all feel sad and empty. We may be going through a tough time or experienced something upsetting that has rocked us and this would be a natural and understandable reaction to what is going on for us. But if you find that your low mood persists and doesn’t feel like it can lift, you may be experiencing depression.
Why do people get depressed?
Sometimes there may be an identifiable trigger but at other times there may be nothing specific to attribute depression to. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression is the predominant mental health issue worldwide. In the UK, almost 1 in 5 people show symptoms of depression and it is probable that we will all know someone else who is also experiencing some form of depression at any one time.
Symptoms of depression
Symptoms of depression can range from person to person and also range in severity.
- Persistent low mood or sadness
- Feeling of helplessness
- Low or no motivation
- Little interest in doing things
- Withdrawing from others, not wanting to talk to anyone
- Suicidal ideation or thoughts of self-harm
- Difficulties at work or home
- Lack of energy
- Feeling tired
- Unexplained aches or pains
- Lower sex drive
- Restless and irregular sleep patterns
- Change in appetite or weight
How psychotherapy can help with depression
Talking about your depression can help support you to explore the potential root causes of your low mood. Together we will explore the underlying thoughts, feelings and behaviours causing your low mood. Progressively we will work together on a tailor-made therapeutic plan to not only manage your depression, but also understand the process you’re going through with a view to developing new coping strategies for a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.