Depression & Feeling Sad


Understanding Depression & Feeling Sad

​Depression and Feeling Sad can present in many different forms, including:

  • Clinical Depression
  • Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD)
  • Postnatal Depression (Postpartum)
  • Feeling Sad
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​It is estimated that in the region of 1:10 adults will report having experienced Depression. Many more will feel sad, but not reach the level at which they would get a formal diagnosis.

Most people will suffer their first bout either in their late teens or early twenties. However, it can come at any time in our lives.

Depression is no respecter of age, race, educational background or class.

Many mental health professionals say that brain chemistry can play a role in the creating and sustaining of this condition. However, life experiences affect brain chemistry, and some people become depressed after experiencing a significant life event. This could include such things as trauma, bereavement or a stressful period in their lives.

Signs and Symptoms

How depression and feeling sad present themselves can be different for us all. However, there are some characteristics that can be common for many:

  • Frequent crying and overwhelming feelings of sadness.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.
  • Changes in sleep such as excessive sleeping or the inability to sleep.
  • Anxiety.
  • Anger.
  • Difficulty enjoying previously enjoyed activities.
  • Unexplained physical ailments such as headaches or muscle pain.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Changes in weight or eating habits.
  • Thoughts of suicide.

​A person may often struggle with coping with day to day activities. These may be activities they would normally find very straightforward. Examples may include such things as getting out of bed, bathing or dressing.

Does therapy work with Depression & Feeling Sad?

The National Institute of Clinical Health Care Excellence (NICE), recommends CBT for the treatment of Depression. It is an evidence-based, therapeutic model, that NICE recommends based on research-based evidence.

We also offer a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) relapse management programme, to support depressive relapse.

It remains one of the most common reasons people seek therapy, and the condition is highly treatable.

Feel free to contact us to discuss how Therapy can help.


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The programme content is well designed and extremely relevant. I would recommend this course to anyone experiencing Anxiety or Depression.
- Joanne

First time I had ever reached out for help from counselling

This was the first time I had ever reached out for help from counselling. Ian makes you feel comfortable straight away. He is very calm, understanding and has great techniques to help you move forward in a positive way. If you are looking for a counsellor that understands how difficult it is to take the first step, I can highly recommend Ian. Thank you for everything you have done to help me understand myself and for being there when I needed support. I know I can always rely on Ian for help in the future if needed. Thank you so much.
- Dominic

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100% RelaxedI need this to work for me and so far it is very good.
- Simon
Additional Resources:


  • To read about Mindfulness and how it can help.
  • To read about CBT and how it can be if use
  • To read about low-cost CBT On-Demand product to support Anxiety & Depression.
  • To read about general Counselling and how it can support Depression.

To find out more we would recommend you read the following resources:


Individual Counselling

Hope Therapy offers Mental Health and Wellbeing Support throughout the UK via a team of qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists.

​Immediate appointments are usually availalble.

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Relationship, Family and Couples Counselling

Hope Therapy provides affordable, unbiased and confidential counselling for individuals, couples and families.

​Immediate appointments are usually available.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is an evidenced-based talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and psychological. 

CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. 

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Mindfulness ​is a way of paying attention: focussed, with purpose, staying in the present moment and withholding all judgment.​

Mindfulness helps us to focus and see clearly whatever is going on in our lives at any given point. This awareness can then help to have a greater degree of clarity over how we respond.

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