What is depression?

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Depression is common and can affect as many as 1 in 3 of us in our lifetime. There is no shame in having depression, it is not something you can simply snap out of. Lots of people struggle with the impact that living with depression has on their daily lives and many partners, friends and parents  feel unsure about how to help the person they love.

Recognising the symptoms and getting support is often the first step to recovery. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Feeling helpless, sad or tearful
  • Feeling exhausted and low
  • An inability to sleep
  • Feeling withdrawn and irritable
  • Loss of appetite or over eating
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Suicidal thoughts

Although depression is common you are an individual and your experience of depression will be individual as well.

Depression can occur after life-events like the death of someone, moving house, changing jobs or a relationship break down. Sometimes it can seem as if there is no reason for it and in this case it is often something in your past which will have helped to trigger it in the present.

Learning to cope with depression begins when you start to understand your individual triggers, responses and history. Counselling can help you to find  different ways to  approach , manage and understand both your symptoms and your feelings.

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