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Depression

Depression, ranging from mild to severe, can be an extremely debilitating condition. People with depression experience a range of symptoms which may include protracted feelings of sorrow or distress, guilt and intolerance for themselves, low self-esteem and difficulties with daily activities, sleep and socialising. 

 

As many as one in five people experiences depression at some point in their life. Depression presents in many different ways and with different causes. 

People experience depression very differently and I believe it is important that this is recognised in therapy. I understand that it may be difficult to talk about feeling depressed.

If you suffer from depression, you already know that getting through life can be painfully difficult. Therapy can help you to recognise what you are experiencing and develop control over your thoughts and behaviours.

Symptoms of depression can present as physical and/or psychological, including some of the following*:

  • feelings of sadness

  • loss of interest in activities

  • low self-esteem

  • tendency to cry or feeling on the edge of tears

  • irritability and intolerance

  • little or no motivation

  • self-harm or thoughts of self-harm

  • moving or speaking more slowly than usual

  • changes in weight or appetite

  • aches and pains that have no obvious explanation

  • low energy levels

  • loss of libido

  • disturbed sleep (trouble staying asleep, waking up too early or sleeping too much)

* These are some of the symptoms experienced in anxiety and stress - this list is non-exhaustive

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