“That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key." - Elizabeth Wurtzel
What are the signs of depression?
There are specific symptoms and signs to help you to determine if it's clinical depression:
Key Signs of Depression
Possible Signs of Depression
Psychotherapy and counselling for depression
If you recognise in yourself signs of clinical depression then its time to seek professional help - the sooner you start treating your depression, the easier it is to recover (and the sooner you'll start feeling better again). The step of actually seeking treatment is a positive step as it goes against the urge that many sufferers of depression have - to isolate from others and deny any sense of hope. While seeing your GP for antidepressants may be worthwhile particularly if your depression is severe, research shows that talk therapy (psychotherapy or counselling) offers the most long lasting benefits and effectiveness for depression. Psychotherapy or counselling will help you to gain insight, skills, and can help to develop your emotional capacities so you can feel pleasure, connection, and resilience once again.
Therapy for depression will help you to reconnect with feelings that have become inaccessible in the depressed numbness, re-establish important relationships or grieving loss of relationships, and find new ways to move forward so you can live an engaged and meaningful life. The style of counselling that we offer helps to get to the cause of the depression so that you can feel better - and keep feeling better.
For more in depth information about our approach to treating depression, and treatment choices, click here.
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety
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