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Coping with depression?

Can you fix depression?

People with depression need compassion help and support. If someone has a broken leg, there is often understanding and support given freely, and people can see it and understand it, depression is not always noticeable and can it go unseen. Depression is an illness and needs to be understood as such, it is not by choice that people suffer from this condition, just like someone who falls over and brakes their leg and has no choice but to feel the pain, a person with depression has no choice but to feel the pain.

What is depression?

It's not just feeling sad or down, it's a condition that affects the person both mentally and physically. Someone experiencing bereavement after a death of a loved one is not considered to be depressed, but in time they can become depressed if the grieving process is in one way or another interrupted, depression can be a very complex illness with some hidden influences, these can take time to uncover and address. We do not treat the depression, we help the person, depression is a symptom that may have been growing day by day, sometimes slowly over months or years, or it can start after a traumatic experience or strikes seemingly without warning. Find a way forward with therapy to cope with depression in your life. Give yourself a chance to change, supported with therapy.

Help for depression

Why am I depressed or just feeling sad? Why many people end up with depression and another person does not and why someone suffers from depression most of their life, while another person recovers in a few months is still unknown, although there are some indications that some people can be more susceptible to becoming depressed if there is a family history of depression. I believe that in many cases depression can be understood when it is looked at in context with that person’s life and that person’s ability to manage the inner emotional world, in a way that leads to an intimate understanding and genuine self-compassion. It may sound strange, but some people who have had a major episode of depression in their life, can feel that it has been turned into a positive experience, it has eventually helped them to make changes to the way they live life, in some cases it has improved their overall mood. Even though acute depression is never a pleasant experience, after recovering, they did feel that it has been a significant step to becoming a better person, going through depression can for some be like a restart that helps them to enjoy life more, could you feel like that? It may be possible over time if you can identify what you do that makes you more prone to depression and change it. Do you think that you have to be seen to be strong all the time? Do you need to hide your feelings even though you would expect others to let you know if they need support? Do you need to be independent to the point of emotionally isolating yourself from everyone else? Do you find it hard to say no and end up doing too much for others? Do you find it hard to accept compliments? Not sure? If you said yes to any of the last few questions or you are uncertain and have been feeling low or sad about life or are going through depression and are not actively suicidal, it can be worthwhile booking a free session to see for yourself if therapy could help.

Entering therapy

Entering therapy for depression could help you find new ways of thinking and feeling, with a carefully guided exploration of your emotional life, it can be possible to find new ways of thinking that in time could bring an end to the world of depression. More than one in six people experience depression over their lifetime. It’s hard to be precise because many people never seek any help and suffer in silence. You can do something about it. Your Recovery from depression can be helped by eating a healthy diet and finding some time to get fit or do some exercise. Just by being more active such as walking more and driving less can help you feel better in time.

The mind and the body

The mind and the body are intertwined in life, one effect the other, psychological problems lead to physical problems, the mind can help heal the physical self, the mind is where we live and find joy and love. It's also the place we find dark places and despair; depression also affects the physical body. It's not just a mental state. When the mind suffers so does the body, people with depression lose co-ordination and speed; it affects the body’s ability to heal and fight off infection. The ability to digest food is lowered, and digestive or bowel problems can be more common. The sense of touch and taste can also change, so it can have a profound effect on the ability to live life. The good news is that it can be treated, and many people recover from its grip and go on to lead a good life free of depression.

Dampened feelings

If you're feeling depressed, you can sometimes still enjoy a sunrise or a funny moment, but the overall emotions are subdued. It can reduce your ability to think normally or react quickly; it can feel as if your soul is carrying a substantial lead weight and it takes so much emotion to move it that there is none left for joy. Depression is liable to reduce your ability to sleep and affect your self-worth, confidence can wither away, and inside you start to stagnate into emptiness. However, that is just one interpretation, depression is a personal affliction, and many depths or levels are felt at a time, no one is the same and depression is a very personal experience, you need to experience it to understand it’s life eroding pattern. Although anti-depressants are not always found to be helpful by some people and even seen as a problem by others, you may feel some benefit from taking them; they do have their place in providing some respite with some severe symptoms. They don’t help everyone, but it is still a physical way of giving help that can in some cases save lives and should be considered.

Physical problems leading to depression

There are physical problems that can make you depressed, such as thyroid disease or diabetes, to find out if there could be a physical reason for your depression your Doctor will be the best place to start, do not just sit in silence, suffering, see someone, even if it’s the local nurse or counsellor. Therapy can and does help depression.
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Coping with depression?

Can you fix depression?

People with depression need compassion help and support. If someone has a broken leg, there is often understanding and support given freely, and people can see it and understand it, depression is not always noticeable and can it go unseen. Depression is an illness and needs to be understood as such, it is not by choice that people suffer from this condition, just like someone who falls over and brakes their leg and has no choice but to feel the pain, a person with depression has no choice but to feel the pain.

What is depression?

It's not just feeling sad or down, it's a condition that affects the person both mentally and physically. Someone experiencing bereavement after a death of a loved one is not considered to be depressed, but in time they can become depressed if the grieving process is in one way or another interrupted, depression can be a very complex illness with some hidden influences, these can take time to uncover and address. We do not treat the depression, we help the person, depression is a symptom that may have been growing day by day, sometimes slowly over months or years, or it can start after a traumatic experience or strikes seemingly without warning. Find a way forward with therapy to cope with depression in your life. Give yourself a chance to change, supported with therapy.

Help for depression

Why am I depressed or just feeling sad? Why many people end up with depression and another person does not and why someone suffers from depression most of their life, while another person recovers in a few months is still unknown, although there are some indications that some people can be more susceptible to becoming depressed if there is a family history of depression. I believe that in many cases depression can be understood when it is looked at in context with that person’s life and that person’s ability to manage the inner emotional world, in a way that leads to an intimate understanding and genuine self-compassion. It may sound strange, but some people who have had a major episode of depression in their life, can feel that it has been turned into a positive experience, it has eventually helped them to make changes to the way they live life, in some cases it has improved their overall mood. Even though acute depression is never a pleasant experience, after recovering, they did feel that it has been a significant step to becoming a better person, going through depression can for some be like a restart that helps them to enjoy life more, could you feel like that? It may be possible over time if you can identify what you do that makes you more prone to depression and change it. Do you think that you have to be seen to be strong all the time? Do you need to hide your feelings even though you would expect others to let you know if they need support? Do you need to be independent to the point of emotionally isolating yourself from everyone else? Do you find it hard to say no and end up doing too much for others? Do you find it hard to accept compliments? Not sure? If you said yes to any of the last few questions or you are uncertain and have been feeling low or sad about life or are going through depression and are not actively suicidal, it can be worthwhile booking a free session to see for yourself if therapy could help.

Entering therapy

Entering therapy for depression could help you find new ways of thinking and feeling, with a carefully guided exploration of your emotional life, it can be possible to find new ways of thinking that in time could bring an end to the world of depression. More than one in six people experience depression over their lifetime. It’s hard to be precise because many people never seek any help and suffer in silence. You can do something about it. Your Recovery from depression can be helped by eating a healthy diet and finding some time to get fit or do some exercise. Just by being more active such as walking more and driving less can help you feel better in time.

The mind and the body

The mind and the body are intertwined in life, one effect the other, psychological problems lead to physical problems, the mind can help heal the physical self, the mind is where we live and find joy and love. It's also the place we find dark places and despair; depression also affects the physical body. It's not just a mental state. When the mind suffers so does the body, people with depression lose co-ordination and speed; it affects the body’s ability to heal and fight off infection. The ability to digest food is lowered, and digestive or bowel problems can be more common. The sense of touch and taste can also change, so it can have a profound effect on the ability to live life. The good news is that it can be treated, and many people recover from its grip and go on to lead a good life free of depression.

Dampened feelings

If you're feeling depressed, you can sometimes still enjoy a sunrise or a funny moment, but the overall emotions are subdued. It can reduce your ability to think normally or react quickly; it can feel as if your soul is carrying a substantial lead weight and it takes so much emotion to move it that there is none left for joy. Depression is liable to reduce your ability to sleep and affect your self-worth, confidence can wither away, and inside you start to stagnate into emptiness. However, that is just one interpretation, depression is a personal affliction, and many depths or levels are felt at a time, no one is the same and depression is a very personal experience, you need to experience it to understand it’s life eroding pattern. Although anti-depressants are not always found to be helpful by some people and even seen as a problem by others, you may feel some benefit from taking them; they do have their place in providing some respite with some severe symptoms. They don’t help everyone, but it is still a physical way of giving help that can in some cases save lives and should be considered.

Physical problems leading to

depression

There are physical problems that can make you depressed, such as thyroid disease or diabetes, to find out if there could be a physical reason for your depression your Doctor will be the best place to start, do not just sit in silence, suffering, see someone, even if it’s the local nurse or counsellor. Therapy can and does help depression.
DEPRESSION