If you have depression, you will experience a low mood for a long period of time. Unlike the occasional bout of feeling sad, it will affect your daily life and make it hard for you to find enjoyment in day-to-day activities. Some days you may find it impossible to get out of bed, while other days you may feel more able to hide it and carry out normal daily tasks.
Living with depression can be difficult, not only for sufferers, but also for those around them. Despite this, many will wait a long time before seeking help. This is especially true if they fear it will make them feel rejected, ridiculed or deprived of a sense of control.
Do I have depression?
For many people, an obstacle stopping them from seeking help is understanding whether or not they actually have depression. Before we go into the symptoms of depression, it's important to point out that if you are struggling with your emotions and feel unable to cope - you may benefit from seeking support. You are worthy of help, no matter how trivial you may perceive your problems to be.
Speaking to a counsellor can help you understand what you need. This can range from self-help tips and breathing exercises, to a course of psychotherapy and maybe medication through your GP. Everyone is different and will need differing levels of support.
How does it feel?
If you have depression, you are likely to have at least five of the following depression symptoms:
You may feel:
• like life isn’t worth living
• constantly anxious, tearful and worried
• like you can’t concentrate
• irritable and intolerant of others
• you are not getting enough enjoyment out of life
• you have a lack of self-esteem
• you have excessive and inappropriate guilt
•you have no motivation or interest in things you used to enjoy
You may experience:
• changes in sleeping patterns - broken nights or oversleeping
• changes in eating patterns - loss of appetite or overeating
• tiredness and a loss of energy
• persistent headaches and/or stomach upsets
• chronic pain
• a slower speaking pattern than usual
• loss of libido
• changes to your menstrual cycle
You may also:
• neglect hobbies and interests
• isolate yourself from friends and family
• take part in fewer social activities
• notice your productivity falling at work
You may not notice if you have developed depression, especially if it has been a gradual process over a number of weeks or months. Sometimes it takes a friend, a family member or a partner to point out that you may have a problem.
Benefits of Therapy
• Confidential, non-judgemental environment in which you can discuss your concerns, emotions and feelings.
• Space to discuss and work through difficult issues such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.
• A safe environment to explore private matters such as sex life/desires and relationship issues.
• Support for family members who may be finding it difficult coming to terms with your addiction.
Why with Ryan Vigor-Justin at Clarity Therapy?
• Self referral to counselling, just book an appointment online or over the telephone
• Free initial telephone consultation
• Flexible appointments at a time that's convenient for you
• Safe, welcoming environment
• Tailored therapeutic plan