Managing Depression

Up to one in six of the adult population are affected by depression, it is therefore more prevalent and not as unusual as most people would think. The symptoms of depression include:

  • Continuous lack of motivation
  • Increased irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • A lack of enthusiasm and pleasure
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Social withdrawal
  • Self harming
  • Difficulties in concentration
  • Changes in appetite
  • Continuous pessimistic thoughts
  • Increase in crying and wanting to cry

Often, when you are suffering from depression, it is difficult to manage the impact it has on those around you. Depression and its symptoms will affect both your personal and professional relationships. Through counselling, I will help you to explore and understand the causes of your depression and/or drop in your mood. I will also help you deal with the underlying issues and to develop strategies to counter such feelings.

The reasons that you can get depression:

  • Children leaving home
  • Accidents
  • Friendship breakdown
  • Physical illness
  • Illness in family/friends wintertime
  • Money problems
  • Problems at work
  • Family history of depression

Depression can be caused by many different factors and situations:

  • Sudden and redundancy
  • Mental ill health (OCD, PTSD…)
  • Peri-natal depression / post-natal depression
  • Bereavement
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • And many more.

Sometimes it is hard to identify the underlying cause of the depression, so counselling will help you to understand its cause, examine the thoughts, behaviours and feelings that contribute towards your depression. I will work with you to teach you strategies to overcoming the depression by identifying the triggers of your drop in mood. In the process, I will work with you to help you learn to become your own therapist and develop your own personal coping strategies with tools and techniques for you to utilise for the long term.