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What is depression?

Everyone’s moods go up and down — it’s part of being human. Sometimes you might feel low because of a particular incident, grief or loss, for example but those feelings generally lift over time and you start to feel yourself again. But if your low mood or sadness is affecting your ability to do day-to-day activities and enjoy life as you normally would, then it’s likely you’re depressed.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Depression affects people in many different ways.

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Low mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Inability to enjoy yourself
  • Irritability

Physical symptoms include:

  • Reduced energy levels and concentration
  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
  • Loss of libido

Cognitive symptoms (how anxiety can affect your thinking):

  • Thinking you are a failure or have let others down
  • Thinking you would be better off dead
  • Thinking that there is ‘no point’ in doing various things
  • Self-critical thinking e.g. I am a terrible wife/mother
  • Ruminative thinking e.g. about what you or others should have done or what shold have happened
  • Thinking others dislike them Mind ‘blanking’

Behavioural symptoms (how anxiety can affect what you do and avoid doing):

  • Withdrawing from other people
  • Over eating
  • Avoidance of activities that might give a sense of achievement or enjoyment
  • Difficulties maintaining relationships Increased alcohol/ substance use
  • Self-harming

How we can help treat your depression

At Thinkaction, we can help treat your depression with self-help and talking therapies.

Guided self help can be a very useful first step in tackling depression. You can join one of our friendly and supportive guided self-help groups or speak to a psychological wellbeing practitioners one to one to help you to better manage your depression in the here and now, and give you strategies for dealing with any future episodes.

Counselling for Depression can also be helpful. It provides a supportive, safe environment where you can share your thoughts and issues with your Thinkaction mental health practitioner. They will help you to reflect on what may be contributing to this feeling and consider new ways to manage your depression.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to identify how thoughts and behaviour impact on your mood. Your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will help you to develop more balanced thinking patterns and change unhelpful behaviour patterns that may cause or prolong symptoms of depression. This process is always carried out in a gradual, step-by-step way so you feel comfortable and in control

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) focuses on how your relationships with other people influence your mood and is particularly useful if you have difficulties making or maintaining relationships, have suffered a loss, are struggling to adapt to a new ‘role’ (e.g. recently diagnosed illness, motherhood, or a new job), or have an ongoing dispute with someone. You will learn how to use your social network you help you mange your low mood.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) primarily focuses on relationships and the capacity to think about, and understand changes in mood, triggered by the self or other. DIT’s primary aim is to help you understand the connection between your current problems and what is happening in your relationships through identifying a core, unconscious and repetitive patterns. It also aims to encourage reflection on your states of  mind and to enhance your ability to manage interpersonal difficulties.

When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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