Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.
There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and complaining of various aches and pains.
The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.
How common is low mood (depression)?
- depression occurs in 1 in 10 adults in the UK at any one time
- depression with anxiety is experienced by 9.7% of people in England, and depression without anxiety by 2.6%
- 1 in 20 people at any one time experience major or ‘clinical’ depression
How can we help?
Firstly you will benefit from an assessment with one of our therapists were you will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide on a therapy that is best suited to your needs. This can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.
To speak to someone in confidence for advice or to arrange an appointment please contact our team on Freephone 0800 230 0688
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