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“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” 

Rainer Maria Rilke

COUNSELLING FOR DEPRESSION

BUT HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M DEPRESSED?

People sometimes ask me, “But how do I know if I’m depressed? What if I’m just a bit down?” I always reply that if something is concerning you and it is impacting your life in a negative way, then labels are not always important. What is important is that you take care of yourself. At times that may mean reaching out and asking for help. Counselling for depression provides a space for you to talk through what is concerning you and we can explore ways to make changes. 

Depression can be a debilitating illness. Symptoms range from mild, to more severe when you can feel overwhelmed and life feels unmanageable. Clients have reported days when they didn’t want to get out of bed, eat or even wash. Everyday actions such as getting dressed, eating breakfast and travelling to work can feel impossible. Elizabeth Wurtzel in Prozac Nation says, “That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”

If you’re struggling with some of the following symptoms, counselling for depression may help. Using Transactional Analysis as my main modality, I provide a kind and professional space in which to talk through the things that are concerning you. I offer a free 20-min consultation* where we can get to know each other and determine whether we can work together. 

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

The following are all recognised as symptoms of depression. Not everyone with depression experiences all of these. People experience depression in different ways. 

  • Low mood 

  • Feeling hopeless 

  • Feelings of low worth, or that you have let yourself or your friends or family down 

  • Loneliness and/or feeling isolated and not being able to connect with people 

  • Lack of interest or joy in things you used to like doing 

  • Trouble concentrating 

  • Difficulty sleeping or disturbed sleeping patterns 

  • Sleeping too much 

  • Feeling tired a lot of the time 

  • Low confidence and/or self-esteem 

  • Low sex drive 

  • Eating too much or too little 

  • Lack of motivation 

  • Moving more slowly than usual or the opposite, not being able to sit still 

  • Self-harm or thoughts of harming yourself in some way 

  • Suicidal thoughts

 

To book your initial free 20-min session contact Jenny on 07398 651 333 or email jenny@jennyhudsoncounselling.com.

*The free 20-min session is available for individuals only, and not for couples therapy.