What is Depression?
Depression is a common condition that affects many people. This complicated illness affects each individual differently and comes with a variety of causes and symptoms.
There is a fine line between unhappiness and chronic depression. Suffering from a low mood or sadness that defines depression is different compared to simply feeling down. Victims of depression experience waves of troubling emotions and physical problems that greatly affects their wellbeing.
Some emotionally detach themselves from friends and family to cope with their mix of emotions. They isolate themselves from reality by creating a world of their own.
Phoenix Counselling offers counselling for individuals seeking freedom from this condition. We help others find the light in the darkness by offering the support they need.
We believe that the first step in recovering from depression is by acknowledging the fact that you need help. Refusing to shed light on your condition only worsens the situation. Our depression therapist focuses on encouraging you to share your sentiments—to let it all out.
Counselling can identify key issues that individuals with depression face in their lives. I will provide the support you need to develop a self-care program to help you combat depression. With my guidance, we will help you build the stability you need to get back on track, ready for a life worth living.
Get in touch with us now and let us help you begin your recovery.
Do I have depression?
For some, an obstacle to them seeking help is understanding whether or not they actually have depression. Before we go into the symptoms of depression, it’s important to point out that if you are struggling with your emotions and feel unable to cope – it could be worth seeking support. You are worthy of help, no matter how trivial you may perceive your problems to be.
Speaking to a professional, whether that’s your GP or a counsellor, can help you understand what you need. This can range from self-help tips and breathing exercises, to psychotherapy and/or medication. Everyone is different and will need differing levels of support.
What does it feel like?
If you have depression, you are likely to have at least five of the following symptoms.
You may feel:
like life isn’t worth living
constantly anxious, tearful and worried
like you can’t concentrate
irritable and intolerant of others
you are not getting enough enjoyment out of life
you have a lack of self-esteem
you have excessive and inappropriate guilt
you have no motivation or interest in things you used to enjoy
You may experience:
changes in sleeping patterns – broken nights or oversleeping
changes in eating patterns – loss of appetite or overeating
tiredness and a loss of energy
persistent headaches and/or stomach upsets
a slower speaking pattern than usual
loss of libido
changes to the menstrual cycle
You may also:
neglect hobbies and interests
isolate yourself from friends and family
take part in fewer social activities
notice your productivity falling at work
In some circumstances, you might not even notice that you have developed depression, especially if it has been a gradual process over several weeks or months. Sometimes it takes a friend, a family member or a partner to point out that you may have a problem.
Why do we become depressed?
Sometimes it’s instantly apparent what the cause is, but other times there isn’t an obvious reason why you feel so down. It could be that you’ve lost something or someone, or it could stem from disappointment or frustration. Usually, there will be more than one reason why you suffer from depression, and these reasons differ from person to person.
When should I get help?
If you experience depression symptoms for most of the day, every day, for more than two weeks, you should seek help from your GP. If your feelings start affecting many parts of your life, this is a sign you may need professional support.
The parts of your life that depression can have a negative impact on include, but are not limited to:
an overall sense of happiness and enjoyment
Are there any resources online?
Supportline have a web page with lots of links to UK based charities.