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Understanding Depression

Depression is common problem but unfortunately it is sometimes not recognised by both the person suffering and their doctor.  Once depression has been recognised and a diagnosis made, there are a number of effective treatments available.  Depression is a condition that is capable of being treated in a number of ways. The word depression is used to cover a large range of states from mundane feelings of unhappiness to profoundly disabling and sometimes life-threatening disorders.  Statistics show that about I in 5 of us will experience a period of depression at some stage in our lives.  In fact it is likely that 1 in 20 of us is suffering from depression right now.  Most people make a full recovery without treatment, but therapy often facilitates recovery more quickly. Therapy has to be tailored to the individual patient and the therapeutic model is usually assessed at the first consultation.

Our emotions are crucially important in helping us to decide what to do.  There are many times in our lives when goals or intentions we had turn into disappointment, confusion and despair.  For survival, we all need mechanisms that help us disengage from such situations.  Feelings of frustration, unhappiness and even despair may well be telling us that our progress towards desired goals seems too slow or is blocked entirely.  This can usefully trigger a biologically programmed retreat or redirection, review or a turning away reaction.  Sadly there may be times when our hopes have been dashed, but we feel unable to let go or  move on.  This constrained reaction can sometimes form the basis of depression.

Counselling is a proven therapy to deal with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. It can offer a supportive and caring relationship in which you can explore any issue at your own pace. It can help you express your feelings and come to terms with new or past experiences enabling you to you take control of your life and become more confident and assertive.

Counselling gives you the opportunity to discuss problems in confidence, in a safe environment, with an understanding person. It can help to put problems into perspective, and allow a person to move forwards with their life. The sessions can be used to develop coping strategies and greater understanding of any underlying problems.

Therapeutic Meditation may be really helpful sometimes, but is not always a good idea to turn to this without being assessed by your counsellor first. Try not to diagnose yourself without professional help and do not take herbal medicines (e.g. Saint John's Wort) if you are on antidepressants; it can be extremely dangerous. If you are looking for a Counsellor or Therapist, consider someone with a good reputation and check that they are registered with a professional body like the BACP (British Association for  Counselling & Psychotherapy).

You may feel that asking for help is the most difficult thing but the sooner you contact your doctor or a professional counsellor, the sooner these awfully disabling feelings can be treated. If you don’t feel able to pick up the phone and make an appointment, please consider getting a friend or loved one to do this on your behalf. Remember: “it doesn’t always have to feel like this!”