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Depression

If you think you may be suffering from depression, you′re not alone. It is a common problem in adulthood, and is often poorly understood. Depression can take many forms. Moderate depression can disrupt your life and affect both you and those around you. At its most severe, people can feel completely overwhelmed by how they are feeling.

However you are suffering, psychotherapy can help. It′s important to get help early on, but it′s never too late. You should never feel that it is your fault, or that you don′t deserve help - with the right support, you can overcome your depression and move on with your life.

How depression may affect you

You may be experiencing a number of symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:

  • feeling unhappy most of the time
  • a lack of interest or enjoyment in life
  • difficulty in coping with everyday life or making decisions
  • overwhelming tiredness or difficulty sleeping
  • appetite loss, weight loss, or weight gain
  • lack of interest in sex
  • lack of confidence, feeling useless or hopeless
  • suicidal thoughts
  • headaches or pains

What causes depression?

Depression can result from trauma and loss, can be due to an ongoing problem such as anxiety, or it can simply develop over time with no obvious cause. Contributing factors include life events such as divorce or job changes, isolation, physical illness, alcohol or drugs. Sometimes there is a family history of depression.

Your first steps

There are many things you can do that could help alleviate your depression:

  • talk to people you trust about your feelings. This may be your friends, family, or your GP
  • take more exercise
  • eat well to help your body function healthily
  • avoid alcohol and drugs - they only contribute to the problem
  • write down your feelings and what you think is causing them, and plan to resolve the issues

If you feel you need further help, speak to your GP, who will be able to give a professional assessment of your situation. Medication as well as psychotherapy can help.

Psychological therapy for depression

Psychotherapy has been shown to provide relief for depression, both in the short and long term. In some cases a single session is enough to give you the tools and perspective to start to move on. In others, longer-term therapy is required. Your psychotherapist will be able to direct you to self-help sources, and may also use specific therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). These have been shown to be very useful for some sufferers.

Contact Connect

Connect will help you find the most appropriate psychotherapist or psychologist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you or someone you know is suffering, and you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion of your concerns. Call 01225 344 171 or email concerned@connectpp.co.uk

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