Therapy for Depression
Common symptoms of depression include:
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Feeling restless, irritable and agitated
Avoiding other people
Disturbance in sleep and/or appetite
Feeling hopeless, useless, or inadequate
Physical symptoms: pain, headaches, lack of energy or libido
Low mood, tearfulness
Thoughts of suicide
Depression is primarily a difficulty in managing one’s mood and emotions. Being too self-critical, feeling worthless or lonely, and holding on to unresolved feelings, can make us feel low and lose hope. Depression counselling is a form of treatment that can help people get in touch with their underlying emotions, make sense of them, and develop new ways of looking at themselves and the world.
When someone is in the midst of their depression, there often seems no way out of their suffering. A depressed person may feel isolated and lonely, and feel as though no one understands what they are going through.
A depression counsellor can help to resolve these feelings by helping you understand why and how the depression has come about in the first place, as well as learning ways to manage their mood.
Depression counselling can help to:
Increase self-awareness and mood managment by identifying specific symptoms, and the events that trigger them
Identifying destructive thought patterns, and exploring new, more positive ways of thinking
Developing relationship with others as a support system to enhance positive feelings of connectedness and self-confidence
Take some time out to reflect on what is important in your life, and reconnect with sources of contentment and joy.