Depression is when you are in a low mood for a long period of time, and this begins to impact your life. It’s something that approximately 1 in 5 people in the UK struggle with at some point in their life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most common treatment for depression – and something that we can help you with.
Characteristics of people with low self-esteem include:
Crying a lot more then usual.
Feeling upset for no reason
Either not able to sleep,
or sleeping for significantly
longer than usual
Withdrawing from contact
and not responding
to people reaching out
Struggling to articulate thoughts and feelings. Communication feels difficult.
Either losing interest,
or eating too much
as a comfort mechanism
without a clear cause
Self harming and
Both. Depression can be a symptom of grief, anxiety, eating disorders or PTSD, to name just a few. But it is also a very real condition in its own right. It can be triggered by life events, such as the end of relationship or losing your job, or a traumatic event. It can also be a side effect of long term physical health problems, or even a side effect of the medication you are using to treat these problems.
Depression often makes you want to isolate yourself from people around you, and although this can be a really strong urge, it can also make your depression worse.
Talking to someone supportive and trained in managing depression can make a large impact on your condition. Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most common form of therapy suggested for depression. Therapists and counsellors can give you techniques to manage your low mood, to understand your triggers and to
There are some self-care actions you can take in between sessions to help your depression. Things such as fitting in physical activity – even just a short walk – can improve your mood, as can spending time in nature. Keeping a mood diary will also help you understand yourself better.
Antidepressants and medication can also be prescribed, but are usually only used if therapy hasn’t helped, or you don’t feel like you are in position to cope with therapy. If you are already on medication, it is important not to stop this without talking to your healthcare provider as there are specific guidelines to prevent withdrawal symptoms.