DepressionThere are varying reasons why people become depressed, and research suggests that one in six people will have a period of depression at some time in their lives. The effects of depression vary enormously from feeling "low" to a severe clinical episode that may require medication. Periods of depression can be painful and confusing. Some of the effects of depression include social withdrawal, restlessness, irritability, sleeplessness, eating difficulties, lack of motivation, suicidal or upsetting thoughts, indecisiveness, feelings of isolation or worthlessness, low self confidence, loss of interest in sex, overuse of alcohol or drugs, and tearfulness. People sometimes feel unexplained aches and pains. Depression can occur at any time of life and may be linked to specific events or more generalised.
Therapy for Depression
The therapist will support you in exploring the wider context of your present experience and help you to understand the effect that this has had on your life. Working together they will assist you in looking at the root causes and help you to develop strategies for coping with the effects. Therapy can help you to examine your perceptions and expectations and to recognise what may be contributing to how you feel.
Benefits of Therapy for Depression may include:
- An understanding of the underlying causes of your depression.
- Awareness of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours contributing to your moods.
- Opportunity to make sense of the difficulties experienced.
- Learning strategies and techniques for coping with the effects.
- Learn individualised relaxation techniques to manage your emotions.
Issues for Depression
- Lack of motivation or drive
- Low mood or feelings of despair.
- Loss of confidence or self esteem
- Social withdrawal.
- Lack of satisfaction or emotional "numbness"
- Overuse of alcohol, drugs or other stimulants.