Counselling for depression
Depression is far more than just feeling sad and can get in the way of your ability to enjoy daily activities. It can become hard to even get out of bed some days. Because of the nature of depression, it may even take some time before people seek help from a professional.
Sometimes we are aware of why we experience depression, other times there is no obvious cause. It can present in different ways, including socially, psychologically and physically.
Some psychological symptoms may include:
- feeling sad with a low mood
- being irritable
- constant worry
- low motivation
- feeling hopeless and helpless
- low confidence
- suicidal feelings
- sleep problems
- weight loss or weight gain
- weakened immune system
- relationship problems
- lack of achievement at work
- no interest in hobbies
- isolating yourself
Depression may be caused by bereavement, major life changes, losing a job, childhood experiences, anger, illness, alcohol and other factors.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, where a person may be suicidal. Depression can be short term or long term.
Most of the time it is a result of events in our lives, which counselling can be extremely helpful with. We aim to explore the root cause of the depression and then find ways to help address the symptoms. This may include identifying self destructive thought and behaviour patterns that prolong depression.