Depressed? What are the signs?

We all feel sad from time to time, or out of step with the world. But when those feelings last for a long time, it is vital to recognise the signs.

Sure, it can be healthy to have time-out, but long-term withdrawal from family, friends, and interests can be signs of depression. It is important to seek medical help if it begins to interfere with your life. In the long run, however, counselling can help change this by addressing the causes that trigger depression.

Typically, depression can occur after a death, where symptoms can act in tandem the grief experience. These include forgetfulness, continuing tiredness, sleeping too much or not enough, headaches, irritability, and restlessness. We can miss the person who has died so much that we do not want to be with anyone else. This is understandable, but not a healthy strategy if allowed to continue. Grief counselling can alleviate the feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious.

Depression can also occur in relation to other losses, e.g. losing your job or being bullied at work, disappointments with family members, and other major life changes. Even positive events, such as retirement, can trigger depression as you transition to a different lifestyle.

It is best to talk with a professional about these things, so book your free introductory session now and we can have an informal, risk-free discussion about your specific situation.

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