Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue
It is a prevalent, overwhelming feeling of lack of ability, lack of motivation and an inability to enjoy the world around you.
It is normal for an individual to experience times of sadness, feelings of hopelessness or even periods when they do not find enjoyment in life or want to spend time with family or friends. Often this type of change in behaviour and emotional balance is caused by an unexpected event, such as the loss of a loved one, an injury or health condition, or even the loss of a job or the end of a relationship. Depression can also be related to incidents from childhood; these may include abuse, neglect or trauma experienced even as a very young child.
When these feelings do not go away or become more significant, depression may be the cause of this change.
Symptoms and Signs of Depression
Both physical as well as emotional changes take place during depression. The longer the depression exists, the more likely the individual is to see these changes as part of the new "normal", which may prevent them from reaching out for help. Some of the common symptoms or signs of depression look and feel like:
- Inability to find joy or entertainment in the world, even when engaged in things you used to love to do and with people you like to be around
- Difficulty in interpersonal interactions, either with friends or family
- Lack of self-esteem and constant negative thoughts about yourself and your abilities
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Inability to problem solve
- Feeling sad, without the ability to pinpoint why you are experiencing this emotion
- Sudden mood swings, irritation or anger at others
- Lack of appetite or chronic overeating
- Inability to sleep, or sleeping all the time but still feeling mentally exhausted
- Physical exhaustion, aches and pains
- Lack of intimacy or sex drive.
In some cases people turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate when they are experiencing depression. This adds another layer of challenge to recovery, as well as an increased risk of health-related issues. Suicidal thoughts are also not uncommon in individuals with depression.
Help is Here
It is hard to reach out for help if you are depressed. The staff at The London Practice are aware of the personal courage it takes, and we strive to make our sessions comfortable and safe for clients, helping them to gain insight into the causes of their depression and learn effective coping mechanisms for moving forward. We include a range of treatment methods in our individualised client plans, creating the ideal balance between the approach taken in sessions and the client's comfort level.
Through psychotherapy and counselling it is possible to create new thoughts and behaviours. It is a common misconception that depression can only be treated by medication. In fact, talking therapy approaches prove to be highly effective for most clients, resulting in a shift from dwelling on the past negative experiences towards looking to the future and enjoying life again.
Contact us to find out more about how we might be able to help. Call us on 07809 668193, or use our secure email contact form.