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Understanding Depression

It is estimated that in the region of 1:10 adults will report having experienced depression. Most people will suffer from their first bout of depression either in their late teens or early twenties, but it can come on at any time.


Depression is no respecter of age, race or class.


Most mental health professionals say that brain chemistry can often play a major role in the creating and sustaining of depression. However, life experiences affect brain chemistry, and some people become depressed after experiencing a significant life event such as trauma, bereavement or a stressful period in their lives.


Signs and Symptoms

How depression presents itself 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 experiencing depression will often struggle with coping with day to day activities that they may normally find straightforward, such as getting out of bed, bathing or dressing.


Does therapy work with Depression?

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


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

Feel free to contact me to discuss your depression and how Therapy can help.

Contact us to discuss treatment options for Depression.


You may find the following videos useful in understanding Depression and its treatment options:

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 avaialble.

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

Immediate appointments are usually available.

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. 

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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