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What is Depression?

Depression can involve powerful negative self criticism and anxiety that makes us feel terrified, guilty, ashamed or despairing. Sometimes counselling is about interrupting this automatic habit of self criticism and self attack.
Most of us feel crappy and miserable every now and again, sometimes we might even say that we’re depressed to describe a tough week at work, or how bad we’re feeling after a relationship break-up. Feeling down or hopeless when life is difficult is fairly normal, often once we’ve made it through the difficult situation we start feeling more like ourselves again. It’s when we don’t return to feeling okay and the feelings of unhappiness persist – even after the difficult situation is long over – that its likely that we have depression.
The step of actually seeking treatment is a positive step as it goes against the urge that many sufferers of depression have – to isolate from others and deny any sense of hope.
What are the signs of depression?

There are specific symptoms and signs to help you to determine if it’s clinical depression

Key Signs of Depression

  • constantly feeling down, hopeless or helpless
  • having little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy

Possible Signs of Depression

  • irritability or restlessness
  • feeling tired all the time, or general loss of energy
  • feelings of emptiness or loneliness
  • persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • sleep problems – too much, or too little, or insomnia
  • weight loss or gain,
  • overeating or appetite loss
  • low self-esteem
  • problems with concentration, remembering things, making decisions
  • reduced sex drive
  • thinking about death a lot, or suicide attempts.

Counselling will help you to gain insight, skills, and can help to develop your emotional capacities so you can feel pleasure, connection, and resilience once again.

I want to help you find new ways to move forward so you can live an engaged and meaningful life.

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