Do you experience one or more of the following and feel it’s a concern for you?
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Tired and lethargic
- Lack of appetite
- Feeling ‘flat’
- Wanting to withdraw from the world
- Feeling little pleasure from anything you do
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
How counselling can help
Whether or not you have received a diagnosis of depression, you may be experiencing some or all of the above. Counselling can help you explore the thought patterns that are associated with these experiences with a view to developing different thought patterns that can help you cope better.
As with many other issues, counselling is not about finding a ‘cure’ but about understanding the nature of your depression, and using this understanding to help you find ways of living with it that allow you to function better without losing sight of who you are.
Counselling can serve as a useful alternative or as a complement to any anti-depressant medication already prescribed by your GP, as well as a way of exploring what it’s like for you to be taking prescribed medication.