Depression

What is Depression?

With depression, you may have been feeling lonely or withdrawn for a while, and not been able to ‘snap out of it’. Daily life becomes a chore, and simple things become a challenge. It may be difficult to socialise, and things that you enjoy doing lose their appeal. You may suffer from a loss of confidence and self-esteem, and lose interest on yourself- how you dress, and care for yourself. Feeling tearful and irritable, a lack of patience, a sense of frustration are all common signs of depression.Life is no fun, and it is difficult to lift your mood.

NHS Definition of Depression

  • feeling hopeless and helpless
  • having low self-esteem
  • feeling tearful
  • feeling guilt-ridden
  • feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • having no motivation or interest in things
  • finding it difficult to make decisions
  • not getting any enjoyment out of life

Talking therapy- counselling- can really help with understanding what contributes to depression. It can unlock the door to your own path of exploration and self compassion.  Depression may start from a life event such as bereavement, or build up through lifestyle or relational difficulties. Understanding yourself is the first step to self-healing and counselling is about being able to talk about your experiences, without being judged, or feeling embarrassed or awkward. Depression affects people on different ways- you are unique, and important, and deserve a chance to feel better.