A lot of people will say they feel depressed, but how do you really know if you’ve got depression?
There are 10 signs that are a strong indicator for depression:
- A lack of interest and enjoyment in activities
- Poor motivation
- Feeling down or depressed
- Problems with your sleep – sleeping too much, sleeping too little, or the quality of your sleep being poor
- Feeling tired and lacking in energy
- Reduced appetite for food, also sometimes comfort eating
- Trouble concentrating
- An increase in negative thoughts about yourself
- Feeling sluggish and like its hard work to do things
- Feeling hopeless and thoughts of “What’s the point?”, and also thoughts of suicide.
Have you had these symptoms on more days than not over the last 2 weeks or longer?
If the answer is yes, you could be experiencing an episode of depression.
What are your options for treatment?
All the research shows that the best approach to tackle depression is to access talking therapies alongside anti-depressant medication, so both at the same time.
There are 2 types of therapy highly recommended for depression – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling.
Counselling is more appropriate when there has been a life event that has triggered the depressed mood, e.g. a bereavement, a relationship split etc. Counselling allows you to talk through and process your emotions about these events.
CBT looks at helping you understand the vicious cycle of your low mood, and teaches practical strategies to get you back on track. It can help you to improve sleep and appetite, it can help you understand how to overcome poor motivation and interest, and help you with managing negative thoughts. (See https://www.awarenessinmind.co.uk/about-cbt/)
CBT can be accessed in various ways – through self help resources available online/books, by attending structured courses that a lot of NHS trusts provide free of charge and with short waiting times, or accessing one-to-one therapy.
To find out about how I can help you with managing depression, please get in touch. Private therapy available in Cheshire, by telephone and video call.
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