Depressed

Are you depressed?

Do you feel low, sad or miserable all the time? You could be depressed. Other signs of depression include:

  • Feeling empty – you don’t get any pleasure from life, even from things you used to enjoy;
  • Disturbed sleep patterns – waking very early and being kept awake by your thoughts, or not having the motivation to get out of bed;
  • Appetite – either you’ve lost your appetite, or eating excessively with no enjoyment;
  • Self Image – feeling useless and helpless; thinking that you’re a burden to people close to you;
  • Self Attack – suicidal thoughts, self-harming, or saying negative things to yourself;

If you think you have depression, you have a better chance of recovery if you seek treatment. Make an appointment to see me in my central London consulting room.

What is depression?

You are not alone. About 2 in 3 adults have depression at some time in their life. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will have an episode of depression serious enough to require treatment at some point in their lives.

Depression can be brought on by a specific event – the end of a relationship; a death; or a period of stress. However, depression can also set-in when everything else in your life seems fine.

Some people are more susceptible to depression than others. The explanation for this probably lies in previous life experiences or family background.

The best treatment depends on your particular case. Recent research suggests that while medication (anti-depressant) is helpful in alleviating the symptoms of depression in the short term, psychotherapy is necessary to address the underlying causes and prevent a relapse.

If you live in London and feel counselling could help you contact me to make an appointment to discuss your needs in my central London consulting room.

Psychotherapy for depression

The aim of treatment in counselling is twofold: to help you manage your depression, by providing you with a secure, professional space in which you can get your feelings out and gain some control again; and second to explore the roots of your depression to find out where it gets it hold on you and its energy from.

If you feel counselling could help you contact me to make an appointment to discuss your needs in my central London consulting room.

Do you have other questions about counselling.

 Need Help Right Now?

  • Samaritans have a 24 hour anonymous helpline for people in London – if you need to talk to someone right now please call them on 08457909090 or email: jo@samaritans.org
  • Depression Alliance is an online information and support service for sufferers of depression in London and the UK.

Further reading about depression

News about depression

Teens and Depression

The Huffinton Post carries an article written by Liv Raimonde on the experience of teens suffering with depression. While the article is written about teens in the USA the issue of teenage depression is just as relevant to readers in London and the UK. Young adults do not want to reach out for help about their problems. […]

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The Power of the Earliest Memories – WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal’s Media Section documents a phenomenon that seems kind of obvious to a psychodynamic practitioner: What you can remember from age 3 may help improve aspects of your life far into adulthood. Children who have the ability to recall and make sense of memories from daily life—the first day of preschool, the […]

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Mind matters: the mental health taboo at universities – The Guardian

In The Guardian Mind matters section there is an article about the experiences of students at UK universities which reveals that the topic of mental health is still socially taboo at universities: “I was depressed and paranoid”, “I was anxious and out of control”, “I had severe depression, I couldn’t get out of bed and […]

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The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression | Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings has a brilliant review of a new book on depression. The book looks good, but the post by Maria Popova is a brilliant Sunday morning read in itself.   The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression | Brain Pickings. “Depression is a disorder of the […]

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Beating Suicide and Depression: A Survivor’s Guide to Coming Back from the Brink

In the International Business Times UK – Some practical advice for people suffering from depression from someone who found help by admitting they had a problem: The greatest obstacle during my own recovery from depression has been embarrassment, or uncertainty, about asking for medical support. Even at my lowest points, when I’ve been self-harming or […]

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