While we all feel sad, moody, or low from time to time, some people feel depressed intensely, for long periods, and sometimes without any apparent reason.
Depression is more than just a low mood; it is an illness that impacts both physical and mental health and may affect how people feel about themselves.
You might lose interest in work, hobbies, and doing things you usually enjoy.
At Lucas Counseling Group, we take the time to determine the context around which you started noticing your symptoms so we can apply an evidence-based, therapeutic approach that suits your situation.
Depression can manifest itself in several ways, including:
- Lacking energy
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Sleeping more than usual
- Feeling irritable
- Finding it hard to concentrate
The World Health Organisation, WHO, says depression is a common mental disorder characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for at least two weeks.
In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
According to WHO, it is treatable with talking therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these.
These symptoms suggest it is worth visiting one of our psychologists for an assessment so you can get clarity on your situation and then make an informed decision about what further support you might or might not need.
How we tackle depression at Lucas Counseling Group
- Helping you manage feelings of depression
- Teaching you practical strategies to let go of unhelpful thoughts
- Teaching you to manage feelings
- Empowering you to activate behavioral change
In short, we can help you break the cycle of low motivation to find ways of increasing pleasurable activities, feelings of accomplishment, and finding meaning in life again.