Therapy for Depression in Guildford and Woking, Surrey
What is depression?
Feeling low is a normal reaction to loss and suffering, and everyone feels sad sometimes. Depression is often used in everyday talk to describe feeling low, however, depression is often more chronic (long term) and severe (in intensity) than what is implied in our general day to day language. In some cases, people believe they have no reason to feel low, and try to push the feelings away but also feel guilty for having them. Low feelings are a common and natural part of living. However, if this feeling lasts for weeks or months, and begins to interfere with your ability to enjoy life and function in day to day activities, it might be worth thinking about professional support for depression.
Depression is often characterised by:
- Melancholia - low mood for an extended period of time and prolonged feelings of sadness.
- Feelings of hopelessness - feeling that things will never better.
- Loss of interest - not feeling motivated to engage in hobbies or social activities which you previously enjoyed.
- Appetite or weight changes - gaining or losing weight.
- Change in sleeping patterns - not being able to sleep or sleeping too much.
- Easily angered or irritable - feeling restless, agitated and short tempered.
- Loss of energy - feeling physically drained, fatigued or exhausted.
- Reckless behaviour - abusing various substances, engaging in compulsive gambling, reckless driving or other dangerous activities.
- Concentration problems - inability to focus, make decisions or remember things.
- Aches and pains - experience an increase in headaches, aching muscles, back and stomach pains.
Common manifestations of depression include:
Feeling sad, fatigued or unmotivated after the birth of a child
Women sometimes experience depression following childbirth, often referred to as post-natal depression. This is often caused by a combination of hormonal changes and psychological adjustments to the reality of motherhood. It occurs from two weeks, up to two years after giving birth.
Feeling low during winter- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
A common form of depression is when people experience a low mood when summer turns to winter. People usually start feeling sad at the beginning of autumn and feel better sometime during spring. This form of depression is closely related to the lack of sunlight during the winter season.
Experiencing sudden fluctuations in mood
One form of depression is when people experience extremely high and low moods in quick succession. Along with the sudden shifts in mood, people’s energy and activity levels also change dramatically and this affects how they make both minor decisions and important life choices.
Unfortunately, everyone feels down every now and then. However, depression is more severe, longer lasting and can effect several areas of life. If you are experiencing these feelings for more than two weeks or you are unable to function at home or work then it might be helpful to seek professional psychological support.