Feelings of sadness, moodiness or low motivation are things most people experience from time to time. This is different from depression though, where those feelings last for days, weeks, months or even years.
Depression can have an impact on relationships, work or school performance and really all aspects of daily life. It is much more than simply feeling low or sad. People living with depression may experience almost constant feelings of sadness, low motivation and a sense of emptiness.
Symptoms of Depression
Some of the symptoms experienced by people with depression are:
- Unrelenting sadness
- Feelings of emptiness, worthlessness and/or excessive guilt
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities normally enjoyed
- Lack of motivation to attend school or work
- Sleep problems
- Appetite changes
- Concentration problems
- Agitation or feeling slowed down
- Suicidal thoughts
Counselling and Therapeutic Approach
Most often a mindfulness based approach, in conjunction with treatment methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), will help you learn the strategies to manage and overcome the grip depression can have on you. Schema, dialectical, acceptance and commitment therapy, existential and emotion focussed therapies can also be helpful. At Eucalyptus psychology, your psychologist will help to find the best treatment and management plan for your particular needs.