Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.
Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. You may feel like hiding away and not talking to people. People with depression often isolate themselves. Quite often even those close to you can’t reach you.
Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.
When you are depressed everything can feel like an effort and it can be difficult to imagine that you will ever feel normal again. Counselling is likely to explore the root causes of depression and to support you in finding ways to manage your experience of it.
Talking therapy works very well for depression. When in counselling for depression, a therapist will explore the reasons why you feel like you do, they may support you in building a programme of self-care to help fight the particular kind of depression you are experiencing and to build resilience against spiralling downwards again when you have recovered.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
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