Depression is a feeling of sadness and low energy that stays constant through situations and relationships that would normally create a positive mood.
Depression can be caused by events, such as losing a job, or it can build gradually over time without any obvious cause. Some people suffer with mild depression for many years and are able to still work and raise a family despite feeling constantly low. Other people however can be more severely affected and find that their ability to work and maintain positive relationships become almost impossible.
You may find that you have a negative attitude to everything and your thoughts and predictions about the future are pessimistic. You may be eating and sleeping more, or less, and find that you don’t enjoy social activities as much as you used to. This can lead to tiredness, lethargy and isolation which may worsen your depression further.
In counselling Anna can help you to see how your depression has affected your life and consider how you would prefer your life to be. From these activities you will be encouraged to remember times and situations when you weren’t depressed.
With CBT Anna will use strategies to uncover the underlying causes of your depression and work with you to find positive ways to manage it. She will help you to evaluate the measures you already use to deal with your depression and then build upon those which are useful.
You will be encouraged to engage in activities designed to lift your mood and to evaluate how these affect your depression. Anna will also help you learn how to challenge negative thoughts and attitudes and create a more positive outlook on life.