What is Depression?

Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives
Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious illness. We all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time and often without any conscious reason. People with depression can find it hard to function every day and have little desire to participate in activities they once enjoyed.
There is a train of thought that suggests- often depression is unacknowledged and unexpressed Anger! Or Anger turned inwards.

Common behavior associated with depression includes:
• Moods that are out of character
• Increased irritability and frustration
• Finding it hard to take minor personal criticisms
• Isolation
• Lack of interest in food, sex, exercise or other pleasurable activities
• Trouble sleeping
• Increased alcohol and drug use
• Staying home from work or school
• Increased physical health complaints like fatigue or pain
• Reckless or risk taking behavior
• Slowing down of thoughts and actions, lack of motivation

Depression can be treated either with counselling or anti-depressant medication, or a combination of both.
Counselling provides a supportive environment to share and work through your difficulties, a number of influences may contribute to depression, Stuart can help you to address any lifestyle factors that may be a contributing factor, plus give you the tools and strategies to help change negative thinking and behavior.
(Beyond Blue)