Wokingham Psychology  Woosehill Medical Centre Fernlea Drive Wokingham Berkshire RG41 3DR

 

Depression

Depression is more than just a passing mood, it is a normal human emotion, however it cannot simply be wished away and it is not a situation that you can simply 'snap out of'. At any one time 1 in 4 people will be suffering with depression. 10 percent of men and 25 percent of women will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives. Depression can be caused by a number of different factors and is individual to each person.Some causes include bereavement, money worries, relationship diffiuclties, lack of confidence, anxiety, alcohol abuse and many more. Depression can impact upon our relationships, work and school life, our ability to socialise and take enjoyment in usually pleaurable activities.

 

 

 

Symptoms of depression
 
  • Loss of energy

  • Frequent crying spells

  • Loss of appetite

  • Sleep disturbancess

  • Insomnia

  • Going to sleep late and sleeping during the day

  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness

  • Inability to take pleasure in previous interests

  • Unexplained aches and pains

  • Prolonged sadness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

  • Feelings of hoplessness

  • Negative thoughts

  • Withdrawing from social interactions

 

Symptoms of depression are different for everybody, some may feel all of just a few of the symptoms listed above, depression can be extremley debilitating and often feel impossible to overcome, however there are different ways in which to treat depression and we are happy to talk this through with you

 

Some useful tips for overcoming depression

 

  • Understanding that there is a problem and be committed to working towards a better emootional state

  • Talk to friends of family members who you trust, often people find by talking to someone they respect means they are able to see their issue from a different perspective and may find different answers to what is troubling them

  • Try to not drink alcohol or to use drugs

  • Write down the areas that are causing you problems and tackle them one at a time in orderthat you do not feel so overwhelmed

  • Trying to add structure to your day, wake up at a set time, eat meals at the times you have allocated and try to take regular exercise

Help for Depression

 

Asking for help when you are depressed can be difficult, some people feel they cannot talk to anyone or become full of worry at the prospect of speaking about their feelings. Many people report feeling that they do not believe they will ever feel any better, all these reasons contribute to why it is difficult to talk about feelings of depression. Making the decision to talk to someone is the first step to recovery, call us or speak to your GP for advice