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.
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.