According to the Office for National Statistics a staggering 1 in 10 adults suffer with depression. This only includes the cases that are talked about, so with the stigma that is still around with regards to Mental Health, this figure may well be higher.

There is extensive research and evidence that shows the positive effects of counselling for depression. It is also apparent that anti-depressants are effective although more so in conjunction with some type of counselling/therapy.

Feelings Associated with Depression:

Upset, guilt, hesitant, shy, vulnerable, empty, despair, frustrated, disillusioned, distressed, distrustful, dissatisfied, lost, unsure, pathetic, uneasy, tense, bad, pessimistic, a sense of loss, lost, helplessness, hopelessness, withdrawn, stuck, suicidal, negative thinking and more.

Symptoms of Depression:

Loss of interest, poor appetite, concentration, cannot sleep/sleep too much, low energy, feeling like a failure, angry with self and more.

Reasons for Depression:

Depression can affect anyone no matter their age, race, culture, religion, background, life experiences, self beliefs, financial situation, genetics, family history, brain chemistry, social environment or medical situation and so on.  Sometimes there may not even be a specific reason or clear understanding of why.  This is important to stress because this may help people overcome any stigma they may be feeling, which may prevent them from asking for help.  It is extremely important to seek help if you are feeling depressed, as it may escalate if untreated and lead to a more severe depression episode.

Loss & Bereavement:

Feeling in low mood or depressed may also be due to a bereavement, where grieving is too painful or difficult to cope with.  As well as grieving the loss of someone, depression can also be associated with the sense of a loss of something else.  This sense of loss may be from within such as, a lack of or loosing motivation or direction in life, or feeling a loss of youth, childhood, appearance, health, or a feeling of being unlovable, of guilt and regret and more.   This sense of loss may also be due to external factors such as, an ending of a job, relationship, social aspects, status, hopes and more.

With any type of bereavement or loss a low mood or depression plays a big part in how we emotionally feel and try to cope.  Therefore Counselling can be a huge help towards starting the healing process.  As well as Counselling helping clients to overcome their issues and all that is involved there, as I have mentioned on my ‘What is Counselling page’, where bereavement and loss is a main factor, Counselling will also include focusing on and working through ‘The 5 Stages of Grief’.  These stages include, Denial & Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.  It is important to note here that these stages do not happen necessarily happen in this order or even at separate times, so it takes time and attention with the help of a Counsellor, to recognise when and how these emotions are taking affect.  The ultimate aim here is to work towards acceptance and normalising.