What is Depression?

Depression is a complex mood disorder that has a wide spectrum of symptoms.

You may have a number of emotional symptoms: you could have been continuously feeling down, experiencing low moods or have been sad for weeks or even months.

You may feel hopeless and helpless, or you may have lost interest in things you used to enjoy. You may lack motivation, find it difficult to make decisions.

Other emotional symptoms include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Tearful
  • Guilt-ridden
  • Irritable or intolerant

In very serious cases, you may feel that your life is not worth living or that you want to harm yourself.

You may also experience a number of physical symptoms, such as:

  • moving or speaking more slowly than usual
  • loss of appetite or weight loss
  • unexplained aches and pains
  • disturbed sleep

A number of social symptoms could also indicate that your low mood is actually depression or a depressive disorder. These include:

  • Withdrawing from friends and social situations
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Experiencing problems at work

People who have depression often have anxiety, too. It’s not something you can “snap out of” or just “get over”. Depression is a real illness that can have a debilitating effect on you and your quality of life. However, it is treatable.

How can I help?

I can help you to take control of your life again if you are suffering from depression.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a very effective talking therapy and can be as effective as medication. It challenges the way we think about situations so that we feel and behave differently and puts in place strategies so that you can manage your symptoms.

Working together, we will examine your negative thought patterns that affect your mood, behaviour and physical wellbeing and put in place mechanisms that will help you to replace your dysfunctional thoughts with more positive ways of thinking.

You can practise these between sessions and when we meet, we will assess the changes that this practice has bought about.

By seeking help, you will soon be able to start living your life again and resume those activities that you used to love.

CBT will help you to:

  • Take back control of your life
  • Give you the freedom to get rid of the negativity that has weighed you down.

Because you will have developed an armoury of tools in our sessions together, you will be able to analyse each situation rationally and confront your fears so that you can cope with daily life once more.

Ready to get help?

If you think you have depressive symptoms or have depression – or if you are on medication for the condition and would like to try an alternative therapy – please contact me by telephoning 07850 447585.

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