We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you’re depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months rather than just a few days. Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms, which can include:
- lack of motivation
- difficulties in concentration
- sleep disturbances
- suicidal thoughts
- social withdrawal
- changes in appetite
- loss of sex drive
- lack of enthusiasm/pleasure
The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe, Depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living. Depression often has knock-on effects in personal and professional relationships.
Counselling and Psychotherapy will help you explore the underlying causes of Depression, examine thoughts, feeling and behaviours that are contributing to low mood and learning techniques and tools to help you manage it.