Depression

There may be many reasons that may lead someone to experience depression such as genetic pre-disposition, “chemical imbalance”, life events (divorce, bereavement), problems in childhood and growing up such as bullying or abuse, it is not necessarily the events or the psycho/biological reactions that lead to depression.  A study carried out in October 2013 [click on the link] illustrates that whilst some people experience incredibly difficult life circumstances and yet others may experience minor life events, personal reactions differ tremendously.

It is argued that it is one’s own psychological processes that are responsible for the way we deal with events longer term.  In other words the more one ruminates about the things that happen to us, [click on the link] the more prone we are to depression.

With an experience, professional and skilled therapist (one who can build rapport, and with whom you can feel safe and trust), an integrative approach can help you understand your depression and as a result beat it completely.  Together we can work on your inner resources to help you feel better.

People often use the term “I feel depressed” when they are feeling sad.  This can be something that passes quickly or it can be something that lingers for much longer and interferes with your life and your relationships.  Being “clinically depressed” is a term used when the feelings of sadness just don’t go away.

Sometimes there is a reason for your depression and sometimes you can’t work out why you’re feeling this way.  It is a good idea to visit the doctor to make sure there are no underlying conditions that might be making the depression worse.

It’s a good idea to visit a therapist who can help you discover your own inner resilience to help you feel better.  Writing things down has also been shown to be very effective in helping you to offload what is bothering you.

At its most severe, depression can feel life threatening, making you feel suicidal. [click on the link for the Samaritans]

Other forms of depression are :

Seasonal affective disorder – a type of mild depression that comes on when the days get shorter in the Autumn and usually lifts around Spring when the days are getting lighter.  I can help with this but this condition can be helped with a combination of light therapy and counselling.

Post-natal depression – after a mum has had a new baby, it is possible to experience the ‘baby blues’ which can last a day or two.  Post natal depression is more serious and can occur between two weeks to two years after the birth.  It can be hormonal or circumstantial.  Understanding your particular type of post natal depression can be helped with therapy to work towards helping you feel better.  I would be honoured to work with you if you feel you would like some coping strategies and additionally you would be welcome to bring your baby with you.  Many therapists suggest leaving the baby with a carer or minder as the baby can be distracting.  But firstly this isn’t always possible, and secondly you may feel better knowing your baby is safe.  I can also help with baby bonding and breastfeeding if necessary.  I successfully breastfed both my daughters and discovered much about this less-than-instinctive skill in modern society.  Having attended La Leche League meetings in the UK and read widely on the subject I have many great tips to share.

Bi-polar disorder.  Some people can have major mood swings between high periods of euphoria and extremely low periods of depression.  Counselling can help but you would need to visit your doctor to make sure you get the correct diagnosis and appropriate medication.

Please click the contact form tab if you are experiencing symptoms of depression above and I can arrange a free telephone consultation with you to see how I can help you.