Low Mood & Depression
What is Depression?
No longer doing the things you used to enjoy
Not eating appropriate (skipping meals and/or
Sleeping during the day
"I can't be bothered"
"What's the point?"
"It's my fault."
"There's no hope."
What Causes Depression?
- Grief and loss (for more information on loss click here)
- Negative sleep patterns (link to research here)
- Low self-esteem
- Medical illnesses (for information on long-term health conditions and mental health, click here)
- Loss of a sense of purpose or meaning in life.
- Any major life-change, such as retirement or marriage.
- Situational stressors
- Abuse or bullying
- Relationship breakdowns
What can Help?
Scientific research has shown that counselling and psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), greatly increase the chances of recovering from low mood or depression. In my experience with clients, there are two main ways in which recovery comes about with counselling and psychotherapy. For some, a more practical, pragmatic approach looking at specific things that can be done, can help break the depression cycle and thus aid recovery. This approach involves using CBT, mainly. For others, there is a basic need to talk things through, and this in itself is enough to aid the person's recovery. This involves what is called a person-centred approach. Again, different things work for different people, and often the person struggling with low mood or depression knows, when asked, what they really need.
Either way, the approach taken is up to the person with low mood or depression, and an effective counsellor or psychotherapist would be able to offer the person this choice.
Depression, then, is not something that can't be changed, or must simply be endured. Yes, we all have down days and this is normal. However, if you feel as if you are stuck in a depressive episode and are struggling to free yourself from this cycle, seeking help from an effective counsellor / psychotherapist will greatly increase your chances of recovery. By helping you talk things through, if this is what you need, or by supporting you
to explore specific techniques that you can use, counselling can help lower your feelings of depression, and restore your mental health.
If you are in the Bristol area and need help with depression, please see my contact page for different ways to contact me.
You might also find the video below useful: