Depression is a mental state characterised by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity. Depression affects a person’s whole being, involving their physical body, emotions, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way they feel about themselves, and the way they think about other people and their environment. Depression can cause a person deep sadness and personal isolation.
There are a number of types of depression including Seasonal Affective Disorder, Post Natal Depression and Bipolar Disorder (or manic depression).
Symptoms of depression may include:
- feeling agitated
- having difficulty sleeping, or sleeping more
- feeling tired and lacking energy
- using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
- not eating properly and losing or putting on weight
- crying a lot
- getting no pleasure out of life or what you usually enjoy
- losing interest in your sex life
- finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions
- blaming yourself and feeling unnecessarily guilty about things
- being preoccupied with negative thoughts
- feeling numb, empty and despairing
- feeling helpless
- distancing yourself from others; not asking for support
- taking a bleak, pessimistic view of the future
- experiencing a sense of unreality
- self-harming (by cutting yourself, for example)
- thinking about suicide.
There is not one cause of depression; it varies very much from person to person and can occur through a combination of factors.
How can we help you at Transitional Therapy?
Depression can be a lonely place to find yourself. Transitional Therapy can offer you a way through the depression. Together we will explore how you are feeling and how you have come to a place where you are experiencing levels of depression that you are unable to manage. Then together, we will create a therapeutic plan to suit your personal needs.
A series of approaches have been proven successful in the treatment of depression, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic Approach and Person Centred Approach. At Transitional therapy we will chose techniques from a variety of approaches in order to tailor make a program that addresses you as an individual.