Feeling sad and unhappy is a normal response to loss or a general lack of positive experiences in our lives.
If these feelings settle in and become the norm, lasting for weeks and often far longer, then you may be experiencing depression.
We are all potentially vulnerable to depression, including even the strongest people who appear to others to have so much going for them.
Depression is a potentially serious mental health problem and it is important to reach out to a safe person for help before it deepens and pervades our lives, often with long-term implications.
Common Symptoms of Depression
Depression affects each person slightly differently and there are different forms of depression, but some of the more common symptoms that a depressed person may experience include:
- Persistent feelings of sadness or low mood
- A sense of hopelessness
- Reduced pleasure in activities
- Feeling anxious
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Indecisiveness or difficulty concentrating
- Loss of appetite
- Low or no sex drive
- Feeling irritable
- Thinking about self-harm
Fighting Against Depression
One of the simplest and most powerful things we can do when we are feeling low is to step back and reflect on the amount of pleasure and achievement we have in our daily lives.
→ Have we let go of activities that used to give us joy?
→ Have we pulled back from interacting with other people?
When we feel low, it is natural to feel like pulling back. As a Counselling Psychologist in Auckland or online, I work with clients to fight depression and provide depression help, rebuilding positive experiences in their daily lives and making a significant difference to their well-being, their feelings about themselves, and their sense of belonging.
Professional Depression Counselling in Auckland
In addition to making behavioural changes, effectively treating depression generally includes elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness (including self-compassion). Depending on the severity and the type of depression involved, as well as client preferences, a range of other interventions may be included.
For some people, the most effective treatment may involve a combination of therapy and medication. Anti-depressant medication is prescribed by a General Practitioner or a Psychiatrist.
With caring support, guidance, and evidence-based therapies, the negative and uncomfortable symptoms of depression can be managed, and you can find your way to a life full of promise and vibrancy.
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