DEPRESSION

Everyone can experience feelings of sadness sometimes, especially if times are tough or have been challenging. Feeling sad or upset is a normal reaction to difficult situations. But, if you have these feelings intensely for a long period and are having trouble coping with everyday activities, you may be experiencing depression. Here are a few common symptoms listed below.


SYMPTOMS:

Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy

Irritability, moodiness or emotions that are out of character 

Increased alcohol or drug use

Changes in your appetite or weight

Difficulties sleeping or sleeping too much

Difficulty concentrating or staying focused


FEELINGS & THOUGHTS:

Feeling sad, lethargic or ‘down’ most of the time 

Feeling tired, lacking energy and motivation

Increased anger or frustration

Feeling worthless or guilty 

Feeling restless or edgy

Suicidal thoughts or ideation 


HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?


When depressed, you can often feel that you are isolated and alone, that nobody understands your situation, and you can feel helpless about your future. Your thoughts and perceptions can become exceptionally negative and bleak. This thinking, in turn, increases the level of depression, and you can often get caught up in a downward spiral. Counselling will provide you with a safe, warm and supportive environment where you can explore your depression. It can help you identify and change any negative perspectives or thoughts, thereby improving your mood and lifting your depression. 


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