Anyone can feel sad or low in mood from time to time, but if you are suffering from depression and experiencing intense emotions such as sadness, hopelessness, numbness, low self esteem and anxiety for long period of time, speak to a qualified counsellor. Your therapist can help you to discuss and understand your relating issue so that you can live more fully in the present. If your depression is connected with anxiety or self-esteem/harm, they can also work with you on these issues.
How common is depression?
Depression is a common condition that can affect people of any age and gender, with more than 264 million people affected worldwide according to the World Health Organisation.
Some may experience depression due to a particular situation or event, but for others, depression may develop gradually over time or an episode may seem to occur out of the blue and for no reason.
While depression is difficult to live with, help is available and with the right treatment, you can take steps towards recovering.
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Can Counselling help with depression?
Research studies have shown that therapy is effective in treating depression. Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your depression, learn how to improve your symptoms, look at situations in new ways and develop better coping skills.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one form of therapy which has been shown in research studies to help with depression symptoms by helping individuals to identify how their thinking patterns and behaviours are affecting their depression and developing tools and skills to change them.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to understand how your past experiences are affecting how you feel and act in your daily life now by exploring your feelings with a trained therapist. In this way, you can find new ways of understanding your emotions and overcoming your symptoms.