Rather than viewing a diagnosis of depression as a 'mental Illness', psychotherapist's often view depression as a normal human response. Psychotherapy & Counselling aims to improve a person's mood, functionning and ability to take part in life again.
Whether you have been feeling low for too long or have been diagnosed with mild, medium or severe depression, counselling and psychotherapy is very likely to help. Some people find that anti-depressants are needed temporarily.
Sometimes it might be events that have triggered depression and so although some would say it is understandable to be depressed but sometimes a person can appear to get stuck in depression. For others, depression seems to come from nowhere.
Sometimes in counselling, depression can lift very fast and for others it can be a much slower process. It is important to find the right therapist for you. If you have tried counselling with one person but didn't feel it did what you hoped, keep meeting therapists until you find a suitable one.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
- Withdrawl from social interaction
- A loss of interest in activities that use to be pleasurable
- Irritability & Anger
- Feeling worthless
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Sleep Problems
- Suicidal thoughts
OTHER SYMPTOMS THAT CAN ACCOMPANY DEPRESSION
- Constant negative thoughts
- Anxiety, panic attacks
- Ruminating thought patterns
- Internal perspective & withdrawl
- Negative perceptions
SOME TYPES OF DEPRESSION AS LISTED IN THE N.I.C.E Guildelines
- Mild, Moderate or Severe Depression
- Post Natal Depression (male or female)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Nb. (N.I.C.E - National Institute of Clinical Excellence, make evidence-based recommendations on a wide range of topics, including preventing and managing specific conditions & improving health)