Depression is more common than you may think. The Royal College of Psychiatry states that 1 in 5 of us will become depressed at some point in our lives. Yet there is a stigma attached to depression which leads many of us not discussing it with friends and family.
Something may have caused you to become depressed such as, for example, stress, anxiety, a traumatic event or it may come on with no perceived reason at all – coming all at once or over months or years. In fact, some people do not realise they have depression due to the slow nature of the feelings pervading their lives. Depression can affect us many ways both psychologically and physiologically.
Symptoms can include:
- Persistent sadness or low mood
- Not being able to enjoy things
- Finding it harder to make decisions
- Not coping with things that used to be easy
- Feeling lethargic
- Feeling restless and agitated;
- Loss of appetite and weight
- Difficulties sleeping or the need for more sleep
- Loss of sex drive
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
Many of my clients come to me having tried many tactics to return to their normal selves but to no avail. In my experience, the problem they may have is the inability to look outside of their depressive thoughts and feelings. This in turn, stops them making changes to their lives. The aim of Therapy in London is to open a dialogue concerning your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential non judgemental setting. Allowing us to identify and understand what is making you feel depressed and in turn, allowing space for change in your life.