Depression can be described as a feelings of emptiness or despair that won’t go away. Being depressed is very different to having an ‘off-day’ or feeling a sadness in response to normal situations in life. If feelings of depression are interfering with your life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back it could be a sign that you are experiencing depression.

What are the signs of depression?

  • Changes in sleeping patterns; broken nights or over-sleeping
  • Changes in eating patterns: loss of appetite or overeating
  • Overwhelming feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Headaches, stomach upsets or chronic pain
  • Persistent thoughts of death or suicide

When is the right time to seek help?

If a low mood has lasted for more than two weeks or is starting to interfere with your life it may be time to seek help. The shame that has been attached to mental illness often increases the distress and isolation of depression.

The earlier help is sought for depression the better – many of the symptoms are similar to other illnesses.

How can Counselling & Psychotherapy help?

Therapy at the White Lodge Therapy Practice can help you to understand your depression and its triggers. Therapy can help you to address low self-esteem, relationship issues and/or persistent negative thinking, as well as providing you with some tools and techniques that can practically help you cope more with your situation. Therapy can also help you come to understand the root cause of why you feel the way you do, and help you identify small steps you can take that can lead to a more rewarding life