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Depression is the UK’s most common mental/psychological health problem with an average of 10% of the population being affected in any one year.* It is thought that as many as one in five people will be affected by depression in their lifetime.
We all feel sad, low, or ‘down’ occasionally, often as a reaction to upsetting or difficult events and experiences, and these feelings generally pass, given time. However, when depressed feelings develop without a challenging event, or the feelings do not pass, or they are so intense that they interfere with our everyday life, then we may be considered as having depression, and we may need to seek help.
Depression can often occur following a serious illness, or a distressing life event such as the loss of a loved one, redundancy, divorce and so on; however research** has also shown that, if we already have other problems, especially problems such as low self-esteem or anxiety for example, the impact of such events is likely to be worse. Emotional problems can also result from adverse childhood experiences, although these may be long-forgotten by the time someone develops depression.
But what does being depressed mean? Depression usually involves a mixture of feelings and the following are the most common;
- low self esteem;
- a feeling of isolation/lack of connection;
- feelings of powerlessness, worthlessness, hopelessness & despair;
- a sense of only being worth something when achieving / successful;
- a sense that one’s needs will never be met.
These feelings can lead to a loss of interest in work or hobbies; feeling stressed; tiredness; lack of interest in sex; and even physical aches and pains. When we are depressed, it means that these feelings last long enough or are strong enough to have an effect on our day to day life. In some cases, depression seems more prevalent in the winter months and then it is often labelled Seasonal Affective Disorder or (somewhat unhelpfully, I feel) SAD for short.
Medical opinion on depression often attributes it to a chemical imbalance in the brain, most often being low serotonin levels. However, many psychiatrists have opposing views to this widely held idea as you can see in this video by Dr Colin Ross;
Based on the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory, a significant number of people with depression are prescribed anti-depressants (in an attempt to “correct” the chemical imbalance and so control symptoms) which can, according to the research quoted by Dr Ross, be little better than taking a placebo (a sugar pill without any potentially harmful side-effects), although research also shows that taking pills is better than doing nothing at all.
Research also strongly suggests that we need to resolve the underlying issues which are causing, or greatly contributing to, our depressed feelings. Recent research has shown that ‘talking therapy’ can be as effective, if not more so, than taking anti-depressants. This certainly seems to be a far better long-term solution than taking pills; after all anti-depressants are intended to relieve the symptoms of depression while the underlying reasons for it are worked through with appropriate help – they were never intended to be a ‘cure’. I don’t offer ‘talking therapy’ as such, preferring to use therapy models which aim for deep and lasting change.
If you have these sorts of emotional problems yourself, you may need to look at resolving any underlying or associated emotional/psychological problems (e.g. anxiety, low self-esteem etc) to help alleviate your depressed feelings.
I offer different approaches for this (and every problem) and the choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances – the decision is usually made during the initial consultation.
Please browse my site for information on the various therapies / approaches that I practise.
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