One in five people become depressed at some point in their lives. There are many types of depression and many reasons people feel depressed.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together".
Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. It can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry. It can strike anyone, and is curable in very many cases.
The symptoms of depression are: Tearfulness
Numbness, lethargy and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy.
Wanting to hide away from people, perhaps even by staying in bed.
Constant tiredness and problems sleeping.
Lack of interest in sex
Loss of appetite or overrating to try and find comfort
Stress and frustration.
Irritability and aggression.
Feeling that you cannot cope.
Inability to see a 'light at the end of the tunnel'.
How can counselling Help?
When you are depressed, things can seem hopeless and out of your control, but with the right help, it can be possible to turn things around. For many people with depression, the worst part is that they fell they are the only ones in the world to feel this way. Understanding the root cause of your depression is the start point, followed by what’s triggering it and what’s keeping you stuck in depression.
Counselling can help you understand your own expectations which might be unrealistic or difficult to maintain. It can also provide you with strategies to help both alleviate and prevent depressive symptoms from recurring in future and show you steps to help find alternative ways of dealing with life’s challenges.
Further reading and self-help for depression
‘Overcome Depression and End Your Suffering Now’ - An In-Depth Guide for Overcoming Depression, Increasing Self-Esteem, and Getting Your Life Back On Track - by Beau Norton 'Overcoming Depression’ A Self Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques' by Paul Gilbert Tyrell (2000)
‘Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing How You Think’ by Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky (1998)
Why use Counselling Ashford?
Hundreds of lives have been changed for the better
Proven in building a trusting relationship enabling individuals to find a greater understanding of them self and find a way forward and achieve their goals.
Help, support and guidance - reducing confusion and enabling clarity and choice
Tools for you to continue to use at home once the counselling is completed
BSC(hons) Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society)
Cert Counselling Skills
We subscribe to and work within the UKCP Code of Ethics and the BACP Ethical Framework
We will help you understand what is going on in your life that is causing you unhappiness
Feel relaxed in quiet, comfortable environment
Convenient & flexible appointments to suit you.
Ideally located in the heart of Kent in three practices, near Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone and Medway
Just a note to say how grateful I am for your help and advice. I was so muddled and confused before I had my sessions with you. I can see things more clearly now and have much more confidence after your help and advice. I know I have a bit further to go but with you support I am quite sure I will get there.
P. Bennett - Rye
A friend advised me to come and see you about my anxiety attacks. I must admit to being a little sceptical at first, but you were so patient Sian and you seemed to have a knack in making me see my strengths. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me in my work and social life. I no longer want to hide away when there is an important social event. I can at last look forward to things instead of dreading meeting new people. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart.
As a man in his sixties and having seen various counsellors in the past I didn’t think anyone could help me. As you know I had suffered various bouts of depression throughout the years and had begun to think the problems were ‘built in’ and such a part of me there was no escape. It has been quite a journey but I wanted to thank you for your continuing support , help and advice. At last I can feel more positive and I am in a much happier place – thank you Sian
Thank you so much for all your help and support I feel better than I have for years!
About Counselling Ashford
Through gentle questioning and discussion you gain clarity and understanding of your situation. We will help you find ways to move forward and achieve the goals that you set yourself. We have practices in Ashford, Charing & Egerton