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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 

  • 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 with which they would get a diagnosis for 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.


Many 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 and feeling sad 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 or feeling sad 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 & Feeling Sad?

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.

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

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


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

Contact us to discuss treatment options for Depression.

Additional Resources:

  • To read about Mindfulness and how it can support Depression.

  • To read about CBT and how it can support anxiety.

  • To read about low-cost CBT On-Demand product to support anxiety.

  • To read about general Counselling and how it can support counselling.


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.


Relationship, Family and Couples Counselling

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

Immediate appointments are usually available.


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. 



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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