Depression is very common in the UK. Some individuals may have one episode which passes by itself, others have a longer lasting depression or one that comes back several times.
Some symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling low, sad, miserable;
- Low motivation and loss of energy, sometimes people stop doing as much as they did before the depression;
- Loss of interest and enjoyment in activities previously enjoyed. Sometimes individuals avoid social activities and contact;
- Feeling you are useless, bad, worthless;
- Pessimistic thoughts;
- Feeling hopeless about now and the future;
- Difficulty concentrating and memory difficulties;
- Changes in sleep and eating patterns;
- Loss if interest in sex;
- Thoughts of death.
If you are having frequent or serious thoughts of suicide please see your GP as soon as you can, speak to a mental health professional or call the Samaritans on 116 123.
How counselling helps
Even if you take anti-depressant medication counselling may be helpful to discover what is contributing to your depression so you can make changes to your life. Depression affects our feelings, thoughts, and behaviours which are all explored in counselling. Increasing activity, challenging negative thoughts and problem-solving are other ways counselling may help you. I may set goals or tasks for you to achieve in between sessions.