Whilst we may at times experience temporary feelings of sadness or low mood this is quite different from Depression. Depression is an illness where sadness is persistent and accompanied by feelings of a sense of helplessness and hopelessness that affects our psychological and physical well-being.

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Physical symptoms of depression include:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Persistent low mood or sadness
  • Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling an overwhelming sense of guilt
  • Loss of enjoyment in everyday activities that you would normally find pleasurable
  • Sleeping difficulties - difficulty getting to sleep and waking early
  • Avoiding other people
  • Difficulty functioning at work/college/school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of libido
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression Can Affect All Aspects of Life

Depression can be gradual and sometimes difficult to notice at first and affects all aspects of life and someone who is experiencing Depression withdraws and disengages from everyday life, family and friends. Depression can be the result of a number of factors both physical and psychological and may be Reactionary Depression due to major life events and difficulties including:

  • Bereavement
  • Loss and separation
  • Divorce
  • Ill-health
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of employment/redundancy
  • Retirement

Contact Counselling Therapy Cheltenham

If you would like to talk about Depression please Contact Helen Herron in Confidence at Counselling Therapy Cheltenham.

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