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What is Depression?

Are you depressed? We all experience feelings of low mood from time to time, and these feelings usually pass. However, “depression” is when these feelings of low mood don’t go away and interfere with your life.

Depression affects our thoughts, what we do, how we feel and our sense of well-being. This can make life very hard, as it can be a struggle to complete daily activities when things appear to be less worthwhile. .

Depression - feeling blue or low can develop quickly or gradually and be affected by life events or stress. It can strike anyone, at any stage of life.

There are many types of depression, it affects millions and millions of people every day, sometimes without a break. You might experience massive high and hyperactive mood followed by plummeting lows, or you may just feel blue all the time. Depression may set in after the birth of a baby (post partum depression), which is hard to deal with as this is supposed to be a happy time in your life.

What Are The First Signs Of Depression?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may benefit from seeking support:

  • You notice that you don't experience pleasure from activities that you once enjoyed.
  • It's difficult to concentrate and find that previously easy tasks are now difficult to complete.
  • Changes in your sleeping pattern, you either can’t sleep or you sleep too much.
  • You can’t control your negative thoughts.
  • Changes in your eating habits either - eating too much, or not eating enough.
  • You are more irritable or short-tempered than usual leading to relationship problems.
  • You drink more alcohol than normal or engage in other unhelpful behaviour.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the recommended treatment for depression by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which guides the National Health Service.

CBT for depression is a talking therapy which focuses on understanding your current difficulties and what is keeping them stuck; this can help encourage a more accepting and hopeful response to the difficulties you are facing. By identifying times when you feel low, you can identify triggers for changes in your mood, identifying the thought, feeling and subsequent behaviour. This helps you gain perspective and awareness which is the starting block to change. Although it may feel challenging, beginning to add activities into your week which provide some pleasure and/or a sense of achievement has been identified as a key element for overcoming depression. Contact us to book a session of CBT for depression.