What is Depression?
Depression is often described as a mood disorder. It can affect the way you feel about yourself, the internal dialogue you have with yourself and the quality of your sleep. Some of the symptoms include finding little pleasure in the things you used to enjoy, irritability and anxiety, becoming withdrawn socially, a loss of confidence and feeling there is a black cloud of despondency or despair hanging over you.
What Can Cause Depression?
Some of the common reasons for depression may include an imbalance of neurotransmitters, an ongoing lack of sleep, certain genes acting together with environmental and others factors, a devastating life experience such as the loss of a loved one or a deep rooted feeling that you have failed because you should have achieved more with your life. In many cases, these expectations may not have been realistic to begin with.
Can Depression be Successfully Treated?
At Counselling Central, we understand that taking that first step towards a happier you can seem daunting, particularly when you feel depressed and are finding it difficult to see a way forward. Depression can be treated successfully with therapy and, where appropriate, anti-depressant medication prescribed by a GP. You don’t have to be alone in dealing with depression.