​Depression is not a mood that can someone can simply change or decide to get over.  A study  suggested that 19 percent of people interviewed was suffering from depression and other research points to 25 percent of the population will struggled with depression at any one stage in their life.. There are different types and forms of depression and different levels of severity, however whatever form of depression and whatever level it can be extremely debilitating and can control someone's life.

Unfortunately no one appears to be immune to depression and it can occur to people at any age and stage in their life.  Statistics show that 25% of women and 10% of men will develop depression at some stage in their life.

For some there may appear to be no identifiable trigger or cause for the depression which can make understanding the fact that you are feeling depressed even more difficult to come to terms with.

 

Symptoms of depression:

  • Increased episodes of sadness

  • Loss or change in appetite

  • irregular or disturbed sleep patterns or insomnia

  • Guilt feelings

  •  Crying episodes

  • Loss of energy

  • Loss of sex drive and libido

  • Not able to take as much pleasure in previous activities that you found enjoyable

  • Physical pains and aches that often are inexpiable by a medical doctor

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Increased thoughts about death

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Worthless feelings

  • Lowered self esteem

 

There can be many differing symptoms of depression, some people may feel a couple of the symptoms of depression listed above whilst others may feel the majority.

There are many forms of depression including Clinical Depression, Post Natal Depression and Bi Polar Disorder which has episodes of mania and episodes of depression. Many people assume that the manic phase of bi polar disorder could be enjoyable. For some this can provide creativity, however for many the mania aspect of depression can be as distressing or worse than the depression element.

Depression counselling can often make a significant difference to the life of someone who is struggling from depression. It can enable them to look at the unique situation that they are experiencing in a safe, contained and therapeutic environment and possibly start to look how to make changes to enable them to start to feel better.

 

When I am conducting an assessment for someone who appears to be depressed I may also make a recommendation to see one of my colleagues which could include a consultant psychiatrist in order to be able to help look at the risk level as well as whether medication could be beneficial. Many people do not wish to take medication for their depression and it is not always recommended. An assessment with either your GP or a psychiatrist can help to look at the pros and cons of taking anti depressant medication and which one would be appropriate for the situation.

 

If you feel you are depressed I would recommend either speaking to your GP or to a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist. If you would like to talk through your situation, please feel free to contact myself and I will be happy to talk through your situation.

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Dr Christian Buckland, Wokingham Psychology, Woosehill Medical Centre, Fernlea Drive, Wokingham, Berks, RG41 3DR