19/10/2018

Depression

Depression is a broad diagnosis. Central to it is depressed mood and/or loss of pleasure in most activities. It has been estimated that one in five people are at risk of suffering with a depressive episode at some time in their lives.

No one feels good all the time; we would be fairly unusual if we did. Low mood tends to improve by resolving issues, getting enough sleep, talking through problems and taking positive action. If your low mood your low mood continues without improvement it can be a sign of depression, especially if accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of low self-worth combined with a sense of hopelessness/helplessness
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Lack of energy and lethargy
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Social withdrawal
  • Appetite changes.

Your GP is probably the best first port of call if you are struggling with Depression, who may recommend medication, or talking therapy such as CBT or counselling.

Talking about how you’re feeling is without doubt helpful but so is taking action. Have a quick think, on a scale of 1-10 how much does your mood impact on your life? How much action are you taking in making feeling better a priority?

How can I help?  By offering you..

  • An opportunity to talk about how you are feeling without feeling judged.
  • A formulation, to clearly see what behaviours and thoughts are affecting your life.
  • Ways to recognise your negative thoughts and change them
  • An opportunity to explore your core values, what is meaningful in your life
  • Personal monitoring worksheets and diaries which will help you identify what helps.
  • Goal Setting.