Depression gets a “bad press” as it’s not always understood for what it is: a genuine illness with clinically recognised symptoms. Many people dismiss depression as a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of by pulling yourself together”. This attitude may be a lingering left over from the British “stiff upper lip” syndrome—a trait, until recently, universally admired.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a variety of symptoms; utter despair, a profound sense of hopelessness, a total loss of interest in everyday life, deep anxieties, and spontaneous and frequent tears. Physical manifestations of depression can include constant fatigue, poor sleeping habits, loss of appetite and sex drive, and feeling a variety of aches and pains.
Of course, these symptoms are not all at the same level of severity. A mild form of depression may lower your spirits, but depression at its most severe can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.
We all experience “low moments” especially if we’re undergoing times of stress, sadness or anxiety, but these eventually pass and are not necessarily caused by depression.
However for those of you in the grip of a genuine depression, the positive news is that help is at hand, and with the right treatment and support, you can make a full recovery.
Here at the London Therapy Centre we approach depression with empathy and compassion, using a range of therapeutic tools to help you understand why you’re feeling this way. In a one to one setting you’ll be guided through your feelings and given the support and space needed at this difficult time in your life.