Depression counselling online can be a great support to anyone suffering from any kind of depression and anxiety.
Depression and anxiety has no boundaries or specific type of person it clings too, it can happen to us all.
Our professional online counsellors are experienced in dealing with men and women suffering from a wide range of depression issues and are here to listen to you and never judge.
If depression is affecting your life or you are spiralling into a dark place that’s getting out of control, speak to one of our depression counsellors today. We understand what you are going through.
Depression is an illness that is considered to be whole-body, which means that it involves your physical body, your thoughts and your mood. Depression can also change the way you sleep and the way you eat. Depression is an illness that cannot simply be cured, nor can it be ‘wished away’. Depression is an illness that – without help – can last for weeks, months and even years. There are a few methods of treatment that can be used to combat depression, however, types of treatment will depend on your symptoms and your personal circumstances. The main things that depression changes are: thinking, feeling, behaviour and physical well-being.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. However, many people will experience the same symptoms or a mixture of many. Below is a list of some of the symptoms of Depression:
- Decreased Energy
- Feeling slow
- Having ‘empty’ feelings
- Overeating, which can lead to weight gain
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Suicide attempts
- Difficulty making decisions and/or remembering
- Pains and aches
- Physical problems that do not respond to treatment.
- You may also get thoughts such as:
- I am a failure
- I can’t do anything
- I can never accomplish my goals/dreams
- Why do I bother
- No one cares about me
- Things will never go right for me
Treatment for Depression
There are a few treatments for depression that includes psychotherapy and medicines – such as antidepressants. Many of the treatments available do have a high success rate but can take a bit of time to work. Many sufferers will have many episodes of depression and may require more than one treatment over months or even years. Psychotherapy has been found to be an effective form of treatment for the illness.
Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy
An effective Psychotherapeutic approach commonly used to combat Depression is called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The procedure itself is a combination of two kinds of therapy: Cognitive and Behavioural.
With Cognitive Therapy, the focus will be on thoughts and beliefs, more of the psychological aspects of depression. Sufferers will learn about how to recognise unhelpful and harmful thoughts and patterns about how they think. Cognitive Therapy shouldn't be thought of as ‘Positive Thinking’, it is instead a more general way to regain control over your thoughts, many of which could trigger anxiety of other symptoms of depression.
With Behavioural Therapy, the focus is on behaviour. There are some common Behavioural techniques that are used in the treatment of depression and other illnesses, such as relaxation and breathing exercises. Many behavioural techniques are more physical that Cognitive Therapy and focuses on clearing your mind through physical activities and treatments. Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy are used together because they are beneficial to each other.
During the therapy sessions, sufferers will be able to express how they are feeling, along with any thoughts that they may have. A therapist will help sufferers to understand and change cognitions and behaviours that contribute to their depressed mood.
Many types of therapies for depress take a problem-solving angle. Practicing new skills outside of sessions is a central part of any treatment for depression. A key goal of depression therapy is to provide you with tools and techniques – and the mindset that you can use to work on your depressive symptoms and to prevent slipping back into depression at a late date. Treatment can take place as individuals, couples or groups – whichever is more comfortable for the person(s) in question.
If you are depressed or experience other types of anxiety illnesses, you may not experience all of the symptoms and the factor of how much you actually suffer the symptoms that you have, can vary in degree.
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