What is Depression and how it affects people?

It’s more than just feeling sad.

Depression is a mental health disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, including reduced energy levels, poor concentration, changes in appetite or weight, sleep disturbances, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, restlessness or irritability, and thoughts of death or suicide. Other common symptoms can include a lack of motivation, difficulty making decisions, chronic fatigue, physical pain, and social isolation.

Depression can affect people of any age or background; however, it is more common among individuals who have experienced stressors like poverty, unemployment, trauma, relationship conflicts, loss of a loved one, or social isolation. Depression can be crippling and can lead to feelings of hopelessness and being stuck in a cycle of sadness, which can significantly reduce your quality of life.

Fortunately, depression is highly treatable with the right help and support. There are several effective treatments for depression, including psychotherapy (such as cognitive-behavioural therapy), medication, lifestyle changes (such as increasing physical activity and improving diet), and alternative treatments (such as acupuncture). With the right treatment plan and the support of loved ones, it is possible to manage depression and live a full, meaningful life.


What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Changes in appetite or weight (either increased or decreased)
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to reach out for help. Consulting a mental health professional can be an essential step towards recovery. With the right diagnosis and treatment plan, it is possible to manage depression and regain control over your life.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can evaluate your symptoms and make a diagnosis, then develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.


What are the treatments for depression?

Depression is a highly treatable disorder. There are several effective treatments for depression that can help to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Common treatments include psychotherapy, medications, lifestyle changes, and alternative therapies.

Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy often used to treat depression. In CBT, a therapist will help the patient identify and address patterns of negative thoughts and behaviours that are causing or exacerbating their symptoms. Other types of psychotherapy, such as interpersonal therapy (IPT) or problem-solving therapy can also be helpful in treating depression.

Medications: There is a range of medications available to treat depression, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants. It is important to work with a doctor or psychiatrist to find the right medication for you, as every person’s needs are different.

Lifestyle changes: Making healthy lifestyle choices can also help manage symptoms of depression. This can include engaging in regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, avoiding the overuse of alcohol or drugs, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that bring joy or peace.

Alternative therapies: While not suitable for everyone, alternative treatments such as acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, yoga, aromatherapy massage therapy, and herbal remedies may help some people manage their symptoms of depression.

Depression is a serious and debilitating condition, but with the right help, it can be managed and treated. If you are struggling with depression, it is important to seek professional help and support from your loved ones. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help – recovery is possible!


What happens in a counselling session?

During counselling, your therapist will help you comprehend the causes of your depression and develop tactics to regulate it. They might inquire about your symptoms, ancestral background, daily practices or other facets of life that could be related to this condition. Working together can assist in achieving a plan for improved overall mental health.

To help you battle depression, the therapist will provide psychoeducation and advice on how to handle negative emotions and thoughts. Depending upon what’s important for your recovery, they may also offer cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) or problem-solving treatment that’ll give you a chance to learn new skills while establishing alternate thought processes.

With the direction of an experienced mental health specialist, you can collaborate to develop a tailored treatment plan that fits your unique needs.

Counselling provides a secure and encouraging atmosphere for you to candidly express your emotions, thoughts, and experiences. It can assist in teaching the skills that are necessary to better cope with depression while also boosting your overall well-being.

If you are struggling with depression, don’t hesitate to seek help and support. With the right treatment plan, recovery is possible.


How Brian at Guildford Therapy can help you?

At Guildford Therapy I offer psychotherapy and counselling in Surrey and have many years of experience providing psychotherapy in private practice and the NHS. Based in Guildford, Surrey, I offer therapy services to a wider area too, including Godalming, Woking, Cranleigh, Farnham, Aldershot, Farnborough and Haslemere.

Psychotherapy and counselling are about helping you to enrich your life, grow and reach your potential. This may well include dealing with specific things that are currently troubling you. The process happens as you talk, either with a therapist or with a therapist and members of a therapy group, in a safe, confidential, sensitive, respectful and non-judgemental environment.

It may also be that Covid and its restrictions have put you in closer touch with aspects of your life that you would like to improve. Therapy may be able to help here.

Analytic psychotherapy and counselling go beneath blockages to growth to find their origins and work through them. Therapy in particular works with the unconscious mind. It aims to uncover why someone is feeling or behaving as they are and operates at a deep level to bring about change.

Don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with me today, where I guarantee you the utmost confidentiality, respect, and understanding. It may be the most rewarding decision you ever make!