Everyone experiences an occasional blue mood however depression is a more pervasive experience and recognised as a serious condition. People with depression cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better as it often causes people to feel sad or empty for long periods of time.
Depression comes in different forms such as feeling of loneliness, insomnia, loss of appetite, substance abuse, sensational-seeking behaviour and has potential to develop into a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), bipolar disorder or dysthymia. It can also affect one’s thinking patterns and physical health. In some cases, depression can interfere with concentration, motivation or lead people to consider suicide. It is a complex disorder, involving many systems of the body, including brain chemistry, especially dysfunctional hormonal level of dopamine and serotonin.
People with depression often feel anger, shame, and irritation. Sometimes these emotions can show up in the body as aches or nausea. These feelings can also lead to weepiness. Other times, depression causes people to feel emotionally “numb.” It is common for people to feel as if they never have energy. In severe cases, a person may not care if they live or die.
Counselling can assists you in identifying and changing your negative thoughts, improve your mood and prevent relapses. Therapy can help to examine how your belief systems and patterns of relating may be affecting your feelings about yourself. Your counsellor can be very useful in helping you to understand the way the mind works and can assist you in disengaging from ‘depression’ thoughts.