We all experience periods of feeling sad, fed up and hopeless from time to time and for most of us these are normal responses to stressful or upsetting events and experiences that happen in our lives. We can also feel these emotions without there being any specific event that may have triggered them, these feeling usually pass.


However, some people experience intense feelings of persistent sadness and helplessness and hopelessness which can often accompany other symptoms such as tiredness, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, sleeplessness and other symptoms. If these feelings occur for an extended period (weeks or months) and impact on the person's quality of life, their relationships, employment and health, this can be a sign of depression.


Depression is one of the most common mental health difficulties faced in society today with one in five people receiving a diagnosis. It is important to remember that it is an illness and that you are not alone.


How do I know if I am depressed?


There are many symptoms of depression. These include:


  • Persistent feelings of low mood/sadness
  • Tearfulness/crying for no particular reason
  • Not coping with things that used to be manageable
  • Losing interest in sex or intimacy
  • Thinking about death or suicide
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Avoiding other people such as family and friends
  • Difficulty sleeping such as waking up early, disturbed sleep, difficulty getting to sleep
  • Feeling restless, irritable and agitated
  • Losing interest in the things you used to enjoy
  • Loss of self-esteem or confidence
  • Self-harm
  • Using more alcohol or drugs than usual
  • Loss of appetite/ increased eating
  • Having a bleak, pessimistic view of the future/ feeling that life is pointless


We understand that admitting you are depressed can feel like a difficult thing to do, and seeking help can often feel daunting, it is important that you get the help and support you need.


How can counselling help me feel happier?


We have a wealth of experience and have been fully trained to help people through their depression. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you explore the feelings you are experiencing and the underlying reasons for your depression in a safe and confidential way. We can explore alternative ways of seeing the world, yourself and the situation you find yourself as well as helping you find better ways to cope with life.