B.A.C.P. Registered Counsellor in Tonbridge, Kent

Depression Counselling

Sadness is part of being human, a natural reaction to painful circumstances and yes these emotions can be incredibly painful, but Sadness is a transient feeling that passes as a person comes to terms with their troubles and they can continue to cope with living. We will all go through times of sadness in our lives and times where we feel low or fed up. Depression is different and can last for weeks, months or even years. A person with clinical depression may feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Depression is more than feeling sad or down. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms.

Symptoms of depression can include the following:

  • Continual low mood or sadness
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling tearful and crying
  • Excessive and inappropriate guilt
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Not enjoying the things you used to
  • Poor concentration and finding it hard to make decisions
  • Not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Moving or speaking more slowly than usual
  • Low energy
  • Change in appetite or weight - loss of appetite or overeating
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Changes to menstrual cycle
  • Disturbed sleep – difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep through the night, sleeping a lot during the day
  • Hallucinations – in rare cases some people may experience psychotic symptoms

Depression is a common condition that will affect around one in 10 people at some point in their life. It is a complicated illness that affects each person differently and has a wide variety of symptoms and causes.

People suffering with depression say it is like an endless black hole, unbelievable emotional pain, no escape and terrifying. They also report feelings of shame for not being able to beat it, feelings of worthlessness, crippling anxiety and feeling pathetic as they had “nothing to be unhappy about.” Alongside counselling, medication is prescribed by GPs to help sufferers who are experiencing moderate to severe depression. Antidepressants can help to ease common symptoms such as poor sleep, low mood, and poor concentration which can help sufferers to function more normally and can even increase the ability to deal with difficult situations and problems if they arise. It is important to see your G.P. in conjunction with counselling to ensure you get the best treatment for you.