Your Guide to Depression

If you are feeling like you may have signs of anxiety or depression, it’s firstly important to know the difference. The two can be related but it’s important for them to be differentiated, so if you would like to take a look at our Guide to Anxiety, you can find it here.

Depression is more common than you think, it can occur in 1 of 5 of us at some point in your life.

The stigma attached to depression should be verified, however, and that is that when you are depressed, you must suck it up and try to figure things out for yourself.

Clearly, this is something for debunking as when it comes to bottling up depression, this can only exacerbate things, create trauma and elongate those depressive thoughts and feelings for so much longer than they need to be there.

Depression doesn’t start as depression

Depression is almost the crescendo to anything and everything that you may have bottled up. 

What we reference time and time again on Therapy in London is that any negative thought pattern is simply a message telling you that something has to change and should be acted on.

When you feel those bouts of anxiety (pre-depression), and you don’t do anything about it, that message will become louder and louder, until it is an all-consuming depressive state. 

Sometimes it can be out of your control, such as a traumatic event. In this case, your mind is, again, reacting to the trauma by signaling to you to avoid it again at all costs. To quell depression this means facing what has caused it and understanding that it is not a part of your life for the foreseeable future.

It’s not so easy to talk about depression

Depression doesn’t allow for much else in your life. You can’t think about anything else, and when you do, the depressive state floods into that too. You become pessimistic, negative and it begins to reflect on your work, your private life and you distance yourself from friends and family. 

Sometimes you might not even notice that it has happened and it can develop over weeks, months, or years.

When others notice, or you don’t feel like yourself anymore, it is important to listen to those clues and do something about it.

This doesn’t mean you must face your fears, all guns blazing. What it does mean is accepting that you need to take action to face the depression. 

Just like this state can form over a long period of time, it can take just as much time to rework everything you have felt and thought about yourself into a new, positive and motivated version of yourself.

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