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
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.
- 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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- 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.
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