Depression Counselling St Albans

What is depression?

Our moods fluctuate. We can all feel down from time to time.  When things happen we might feel sad or empty in response to them. This is called reactive depression. This can be due to a relationship breakup, bereavement or stressful events. Depression counselling can help with this.

We may have a low mood for no reason. This tends to lift within a few days. If you are still feeling down after two weeks it may be a sign that you are depressed. People experience depression in different ways. If you are feeling depressed, here are some of things you may notice:

Symptoms and Diagnosis

  • No interest in doing things you used to enjoy?

  • Feeling low and hopeless?

  • Have a feeling of emptiness or numbness?

  • Trouble sleeping or waking up early?

  • Aches, pains, headaches or stomach aches?

  • Feeling no good and worthless?

  • Thoughts that life isn’t worth living or of suicide?

How can depression counselling help me?

Today I’m going to talk to you about depression.

How might you know if you are starting to feel depressed?

You might lose interest in things you normally enjoy doing. You might want to isolate and not socialise with people or talk to your family and friends.

You may:

  • have physical aches and pains.
  • feel that you have no energy
  • you might also really struggle to get up in the morning
  • you might feel like there’s just no point doing anything
  • you might feel really sad
  • you also might have just have a feeling or emptiness.

That’s what depression is like.

How can counselling help depression?

How I would work with you around that is.

Counselling gives you time and space to talk about however it is that you’re feeling. Often if you are feeling like that you might have thoughts of hurting yourself, or self-harming yourself or you might even feel suicidal. This is really a space for you to be able to talk about how that feels.

Depression Help

We can also talk through practical things to do that might help you in terms of stuff around ‘food and mood’, stuff around sleep, relaxation.

Just trying to do small steps each day, trying to make sure that you get out once a day, go for a walk this kind of thing.

Over time things do get better.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in any of that please do get in touch with me at www.counsellorlaura.com you can phone me or email me I’m always happy to answer any questions.

Ok, until next time take care.

One of the hardest things when you feel depressed is feeling worthless.  As a result, you may find yourself eating, drinking or sleeping too much or too little, to try and cope. It’s difficult to motivate yourself to want to do anything yet even just going outside for 5 minutes a day can make a difference to your mood and give you lift.

Book a free counselling consultation here.

The most common mental health issue is the UK is mixed anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are closely linked with a lot of the symptoms overlapping. You may find it helpful to also look at the anxiety page.

Depression Test

The NHS uses a self-assessment tool to diagnose depression. You can take the test here.

Need help now?

If you are having suicidal thoughts or need help immediately please try and talk to someone. You need to know that you are not alone and you are not beyond help.

If you need help immediately call 999 or go to any hospital A&E department.

If you don’t want to go to an A&E you can call 111 for NHS England. You can also contact your GP for an emergency out of hours appointment.

Here are some helplines you can call anytime, day or night. They can help you to see options beyond your feelings of despair.

Samaritans –  116 123.

Papyrus – 0800 068 41 41. For teenagers and young people.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – 0800 58 58 58. For men.

Childline – 0800 1111. For children and young people.

If you need urgent help and want to try something else, try this from Mind.