What Is Depression Like?
People often describe depression as a condition that comes in and settles over your mind like a cloud. These dark days can be lonely and debilitating, turning your world upside down. You might find yourself withdrawing from friendships and social life, even finding it hard sometimes to leave your home, or your bed.
On the outside, you might be putting all your effort into holding things together, because you feel scared that others will judge or not believe you, or perhaps because you’re striving to meet the high expectations that you hold yourself to.
Depression can make you feel low, numb, isolated and ashamed. Depression can also trigger emotional eating and binge drinking as a way of drowning out your experience.
Our expert team of psychotherapists will support you in gaining a deeper understanding of your depression, and how this affects your behaviours, relationships and the way you manage emotions. Therapy may include:
- Understanding core issues that contributed to the development of your depression
- Identifying what triggers your depression
- Challenging unhelpful behaviours and replacing them with more effective behaviours
- Teaching you new skills to improve how you communicate in relationships
- Supporting you in increasing your tolerance to deal with distress
- Building more emotional agility so you can express your feelings, and manage the feelings of others better
- Developing confidence to deal with challenging situations assertively
An assessment with our Consultant Psychiatrist can provide you with a medical diagnosis of depression, and a treatment plan moving forwards, that may combine medication with ongoing psychotherapy.
Lifestyle and nutritional support can provide you with a balanced diet, help you manage stress and sleep patterns, and balance your physiology, all of which can reduce symptoms of depression.
Self Help For Depression
You may not be ready to talk to us yet, so here are some self-help strategies that can help you improve your mood, and reduce your symptoms of depression:
- Talk to family and friends and open up about your challenges and feelings, as this can make them easier to cope with.
- Find some group support. Sharing your thoughts with others that are going through similar experiences can help you feel more connected.
- Find a physical activity that you enjoy and make it part of your daily life. Exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression and improve mood. A simple walk in nature is a good start.
- Keep a daily journal and write down how you feel. This can help you make sense of what is going on, and open up ideas of how you can change your circumstances.
- Get enough sleep and exercise regularly. Exercise can divert your thinking from negative experiences, and ease feelings of anger and anxiety by releasing mood-lifting endorphins.
- Eat a healthy diet to alleviate symptoms of depression, mood swings and tension.