World-wide research shows that the number of people suffering from depression is increasing alarmingly. It is now so common that one in five people suffer from it at some point in their lives. Yet depression is still stigmatised, with suffers often afraid to tell families and friends, let alone their employer.
Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes, but when you descend into depression, the level of misery can feel unprecedented. It can feel like being locked away in a prison. Feeling frightened, alone, miserable, and powerless, you find yourself withdrawing from everything. Any path to recovery can feel meaningless and impossible, like trying to move through quicksand.
Depression is a very personal experience and although there are common symptoms (detailed below), it is different for everyone. It can be difficult to express how you are feeling and often many people will isolate themselves as they don’t want to be a burden to anyone. It can take real effort to admit to the problem and accept help but help is at hand as there are different therapies and treatments that can help to bring some relief to symptoms of depression.
It’s important to remember, you are not alone and help is there when you feel ready to take that step. Depression is treatable with a good diagnosis, some understanding of how depression affects you personally, along with helping you to create your own toolkit to help manage your symptoms and begin the path to recovery and wellness again.
Here is a list of common symptoms of depression:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities normally enjoyed
- Anger and irritability
- Feelings of guilt
- Hopelessness and Low self esteem
- Difficulty falling/staying asleep, sleeping too much
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Changes in appetite
- Depressed mood and feelings of sadness
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Difficulty concentrating
- Constant negative thoughts
- Feelings of sadness
- Irritability and anxiety or panic attacks
- Indecision and disorganisation
- Social withdrawal
- Thoughts of death/suicide
How can therapy help?
1-1 therapy can help you talk about your depression in a safe, supportive environment. You will be given time to talk, cry shout or just think and encouraged to look at your difficulties in a different way with someone who will respect your opinions without judgement. Being able explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions and talk through how depression affects you personally can be the first tentative step in helping you understand your depression and learn how to bring some relief from your symptoms and increase your mental health and wellbeing.
My approach is work alongside you, in a compassionate and empathetic way to truly understand how your depression affects you day to day and work with you to build your own personal toolkit to help you manage your symptoms. I have a range of tried and tested solutions to help give some relief to depressive symptoms to help you begin the process of lifting your depression for good.
Often just being able to talk to someone can be so incredibly helpful as you can start the process of beginning to understand your thoughts which have quite possibly been so overwhelming for you. Some of my clients describe depression like a fog, they just can’t see past the negative thoughts which exhausts them daily.
Therapy is tailored to your needs and often through our sessions you find your own solutions, and that’s great! Regular reviews during our sessions together will help ensure we are meeting your goals. The number of sessions required to help depression does vary – I recommend 6-8 initial sessions, ideally spaced weekly apart to start to put into place some simple changes to bring some relief to your symptoms, thereafter bi-weekly or monthly sessions for as long as you feel you need them.
It is important to get a diagnosis from a GP before seeking therapy as they will be able to advise the type of depression that you have. You may be prescribed medication to help with the symptoms and it is really important to follow the guidance of your GP in taking the medication and have regular check-ins.
More information on my approach can be found here.