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Counselling for Depression

One in five people become depressed at some point in their lives and many seek a therapist for help for depression. There are many types of depression and many reasons people feel depressed.

What is depression?

Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days, we all go through spells of feeling down. When you are depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months. If left untreated, it can go on for years.

Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.

Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. It can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry. It can strike anyone, and is curable in very many cases.

The symptoms of depression are:

  • Tearfulness
  • Numbness, lethargy and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy.
  • Wanting to hide away from people, perhaps even by staying in bed.
  • Constant tiredness and problems sleeping.
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Loss of appetite or overrating to try and find comfort
  • Stress and frustration.
  • Irritability and aggression.
  • Feeling that you cannot cope.
  • Inability to see a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

When you are depressed, things can seem hopeless and out of your control. However, with the right help, it can be turned around.  For many people with depression, the worst part is that they fell they are the only ones in the world to feel this way. Understanding the root cause of your depression is the start point. Followed by what triggers your depression and keeps you stuck in it.

Professional counselling for depression

Counselling or CBT can help you understand your own expectations which might be unrealistic or difficult to maintain. It can also provide you with strategies to help both alleviate and prevent depressive symptoms from recurring in future. Furthermore it can show you steps to help find alternative ways of dealing with life’s challenges.

If you would like some counselling for depression then contact us at CBT and Counselling Kent now. Click to request an appointment

Further reading

‘Overcome Depression and End Your Suffering Now’.  An In-Depth Guide for Overcoming Depression, Increasing Self-Esteem, and Getting Your Life Back On Track – by Beau Norton Overcoming Depression Self Help

‘Overcoming Depression’ A Self Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques’ by Paul Gilbert Tyrell (2000)

‘Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing How You Think’ by Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky (1998Mind Over Mood Self Help

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