Depression counselling & help in Surrey

The word 'depression' is used to describe everyday feelings of low mood which can affect us all from time to time.  Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; those feelings will usually pass.

If you are affected by depression, you are not just 'sad' or 'upset'.  You have intense feelings of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness, accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains.

Sometimes people may not realise how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling the same for a long time while they have been trying to cope with their depression by keeping themselves busy, or if their depressive symptons are more physical than emotional.

The following is a list some of the most common symptoms of depression :  tiredness and loss of energy, persistent sadness, loss of self-confidence or self-esteem, difficulty in concentrating, not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting, undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, sleeping problems, finding it hard to function at work/school/college, physical aches and pains, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and so on.

Depression is seen by some experts as a form of unfinished mourning.  Often events or experiences that trigger depression can also be seen as a loss of some kind.  It could be following the death of someone close, a major life change (moving house, birth of a child, changing jobs) or simply moving from one phase of life into another as we reach retirement or our children leave home.

It is not just the negative experience that causes the depression, but how we deal with it.   If the feelings provoked are not expressed or explored at the time, they contribute towards depression.   It is important to acknowledge and grieve for what we have lost in order to be able to move on successfully.

Contact me at counselling@alisonhopkins.co.uk or on 07946 517967 if you would like help with depression. Alternatively, you can visit my contact page