Whilst many of us feel down or sad from time to time, depression describes an experience that persists and is unresponsive to the usual things that make us feel better like a good night’s sleep, the comfort of friends, physical exercise and time spent outdoors.
Depression can be experienced as a persistent low mood, lack of energy and motivation, sadness, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. It can be accompanied by anxiety, poor sleep, feelings of isolation or with thoughts of suicide.
Psychotherapy and counselling can help you to address depression, to develop tools to feel better and to understand why you feel depressed. It can help you to address the underlying issues causing a depression, for example difficult childhood experiences, or perhaps losses or experiences as an adult. Therapy can support the effectiveness of a course of medication prescribed by a doctor, or it can address depression without using an anti-depressant.