What Is Depression?
There are times when we all feel sad, hopeless or fed up; it is a part of life. Depression is different. With depression these feelings don’t just go away. They can last for months, becoming so intense that carrying on with everyday life can become impossible. Depression is characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. This illness can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and or changes in body chemistry. It can affect anyone, and is treatable in very many cases.
Depression can be hard to spot. There are many different symptoms, some emotional and some physical. These are some of the most common, so if you’ve experienced four or more for most of the day, nearly every day for over two weeks, it might be time to seek professional help.
What Are The Signs Of Depression?
The signs of depression are many, as it affects each person differently, and in its level of severity. You may be suffering from depression if, for a long time, you experience several of the following symptoms:
- Sadness and feeling weepy.
- Numbness, lethargy and a loss of interest in things and activities you used to enjoy.
- Feeling Lonely
- Being a victim of abuse
- Painful childhood experiences
- Wanting to hide away from people, perhaps even by staying in bed.
- Constant tiredness and problems sleeping.
- Loss of appetite, or eating to excess for the comfort it may bring.
- Stress and frustration.
- Irritability and aggression.
- Feeling that you cannot cope.
- Inability to see any glimmer of a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
- Asking yourself what the point of living is.
Psychological therapy can help you to work through the root of your depression, helping you to understand why you feel the way you do and what you can do to feel better and stay healthy.
The process of therapy will also help you to see how you can spot early warning signs and work to stop depression from returning.
Treatment options include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Relational psychotherapy, Existential Therapy, Integrative, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy.