What is depression?
We often hear people say they are "depressed", "sad" or "feeling low". Though unpleasant, these emotions are usually transient, and experienced by most of us at certain points in our lives. The symptoms of Clinical Depression, however, go far beyond feelings of sadness. Depression is a mood disorder. It is characterised by persistent feelings of despair, weariness and acute sorrow. Sufferers generally feel overwhelmed by their feelings and unable to help themselves.
Other common signs of depression include:
- Tiredness and fatigue, being unable to get out of bed
- Loss of interest in daily activities, hobbies, etc.
- Never experiencing feelings of joy
- Sleep disturbance (too much or too little)
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Irritability or restlessness
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Reckless behaviour (alcohol or substance abuse, dangerous sports, gambling, etc.)
- Suicidal thoughts
Treatment of depression
Many people experience the symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. Therapy helps you work through difficult feelings and provides support as you recover. If your relationships have been affected, you may also benefit from couples therapy or family therapy. Medication may also be considered.
You are not alone in your fight against depression. For more information, or to make an appointment with one of our therapists, please call or email.
0212 325 7535