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Therapy Advice: What is Depression?

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Depression can affect a person's thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and overall sense of well-being.

It is important to recognise the feeling that you are having and know that you don't have to always feel this way; there is help out there. Talk to someone to share how you feel, get help through therapy, and it can make a difference.

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Some common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent sadness, anxiety, or empty feelings

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

  • Fatigue or lack of energy

  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping

  • Changes in appetite or weight

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or helplessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It can also be triggered by significant life changes or traumatic events, such as a traumatic childbirth or after a loss of a loved one.

Treatment for depression often involves a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. It's important for individuals with depression to seek professional help to manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. Speak to your GP if you're feeling this way, as well as reaching out to people you trust. Therapy can help too - chat to one of our team today to see how we can help.

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