Depression

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Depression is a common mental health condition that has a variety of physical and mental symptoms. Although we all feel down and fed up every now and again, depression is more than just that. If you have the condition, you can be sad for weeks, or even months at a time.

 

Types of depression include: mild depression, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, postnatal depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

 

Living with this condition can be difficult, not only for sufferers, but also for those around them. Despite this, many sufferers will wait a long time before seeking help. This is especially true if they fear it will see them rejected, ridiculed or deprived of a sense of control. Others may simply be afraid to confront their problems.

 

How does it feel?

If you have the condition, you are likely to have at least five of the following depression symptoms:

 

You may feel:

  • worthless
  • like life isn’t worth living
  • constantly anxious, tearful and worried
  • like you can’t concentrate
  • indecisive
  • 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 exhibit:

  • 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.

Our approach

We can offer a number of options in terms of treating Depression. These include Counselling/Psychotherapy and CBT. Here, your Therapist will help facilitate your progression towards recovery working in partnership with you as you explore the structure and nature of your current thoughts, feelings and behaviours and where these might be originate.

 

It might be that you learn better coping strategies or new ways of thinking and living which may encourage more positive behaviours and actions to improve your mood and emotions.

 

In some instances there may be a requirement to undergo a period of medication (anti-depressants). There is a negative connotation surrounding medication for many people, however, there are good clinical reasons why in some circumstances, a period on medication (often in combination with therapy) can allow sufficient psychological ‘space’ to enable a person to make sense of their feelings and recover.

 

Working Minds take great care in helping our clients to understand what their options are and to dispel any myths or fears connected with seeking additional help.

It is important to know you are not alone.



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What our clients have to say…

Russell W – New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

Russell W - New Volunteer

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Russell W - New Volunteer

Over the course of the sessions I have had with Simon I have gone from someone who probably would not have been able to carry on for much longer the way that I was, to someone that is now looking forward to working and moving on with my life...

Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.

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Ann B – Business Co-ordinator

I want to thank you for the valuable time you spent with me to achieve my career and life goals. I really appreciate the support and advice you gave me.
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