Depression

Depression is a mental health condition that can completely knock an individual of their feet and is often looked at as just being ‘sad’ when in fact its so much more. It’s something that consumes a person, makes them feel like they’re not worthy and gives them no hope and its a constant battle and its hard to pull through.

Most people go through life feeling a little down or fed up for a couple of days, but with depression you feel like this persistently and it can go on for weeks, even months. It is a genuine  condition, even though sometimes its looked at as not being one. It is a real illness and has real symptoms. 

It’s not a sign of weakness or something you can just stop by pulling yourself together!

What is it?

Its a constant battle, feeling hopeless, feeling tired, sad, feeling like you’ve failed at everything. Sometimes the people that suffer are the ones you least expect, because they hide it so well. Depression is not always the person screaming out for help, its the silent person dealing with their battles and still trying to understand themselves. Its doing everything you can to hide it, because you don’t want to glorify it.

It’s sleepless nights and laying awake at 3 a.m. staring at the ceiling, its not knowing why your crying, you just feel like you need too. You want people around but you still push them away. You’ll cancel plans last minute, because you don’t want to get out of bed and push yourself to go out.

Its loving people far to much, because you can’t love yourself and when you loose that person, it hurts much more and its often the love you have for everyone in your life, that gives you the strength to pull through.

How do you know you even have it?

Symptoms: Feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, various aches and pains.

Like many symptoms they can range from mild to severe. The ones that affect you slightly are feeling low in spirit, whilst severe depression can make you feel suicidal.

What causes depression?

It can be triggered by life-changing events, such as bereavement, loosing your job or perhaps a baby, can start the cycle of depression. Perhaps, family history could link to depression and that means the person is more likely to develop it. The ‘downward spiral’ as its often called leads to depression, this can be from a relationship ending badly, falling out with a close friend which makes you feel  depressed.

But it you can have depression and there be no apparent reason as to why.

Treating depression

Starting from lifestyle changes, talking to a therapist and taking the medication that is prescribed known as ‘antidepressants’. The treatment given will be based on whether you have mild, moderate or severe depression.

For more moderate to severe depression, it’ll be a case of different therapies and antidepressants. Which may lead to being referred to a mental health team for specialist treatment and prescribed medication.

What to expect

My counselling for depression aims to help you access and make sense of the underlying feelings or issues that are impacting your mental health, and start to make positive changes that enable you to cope.

My sessions are an opportunity for you to reflect on the thoughts and feelings that may be causing or compounding your depression. They are a safe space in which you can discuss your experiences and express your emotions without being criticised or judged. Together, we’ll explore fresh perspectives on both yourself and the world around you, enabling you to rediscover a sense of balance.

How effective is counselling for depression?

According to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, studies have shown that counselling is an effective form of treatment for depression and anxiety. A minimum of six sessions is normally recommended, but everyone is different, so I give you the freedom to determine how long you wish to continue with the therapy after the initial meetings.

Confidentiality

Everything we talk about during your sessions is kept completely confidential and won’t be discussed with a third party without your consent. I do, however, have a duty to report information if I believe you are at risk of harm, or if required to do so by a court of law.

For further details on my counselling services for depression, or to book some time in to talk about how you feel, contact me today on 07510 495791 or email beckywhocares1@outlook.com. I’m always willing to listen.

Make some lifestyle changes that could benefit you in the long run, perhaps more exercise, cutting down on alcohol, giving up smoking and eating healthy. You may benefit from joining a support group, as sometimes it helps to talk to people who’ve been through what you have or are.

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