Depression and Anxiety are two of the most commonly experienced mental health problems
Depression is a general term which describes a complex set of physical, emotional and cognitive experiences.
People experiencing depression may find they are suffering from several of the symptoms listed below:
Physical: Tired, restless, agitated , changes in appetite, disrupted sleep
Emotional Feeling unhappy a lot of the time. Feeling bad about oneself,
Cognitive: Low self esteem or thoughts that one is a failure. Trouble concentrating and making decisions. Thoughts of harming oneself or taking ones own life.
Behavioural: Becoming more isolated. Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities. Drinking too much or use of drugs.
This may be a longer term or recurrent problem or connected to particular life events. These can be changes in circumstances such as a relationship breakup or work stresses, or conflicts in relationships.
Approximately 1 in 5 people report problems with anxiety or depression (Office of National Statistics 2013).
Managing the symptoms of depression can help. Sometimes people experience a vicious cycle where for instance feeling down, tiredness and lack of enthusiasm can lead to avoidance of daily activities and social interaction. This avoidance in the long term can make us feel worse, exacerbating the symptoms. Looking at whether this type of cycle is present and lifestyle changes can be helpful first steps for feeling better.
Talking about what is making us unhappy can be an important part in unburdening oneself, helping to ease feelings of shame and isolation, and realising that there are ways to feel better.
Looking at recent life changes such as bereavement, loss of, or increased stress in relationships, can help to identify
what may be underlying the experience of depression and may also help to make changes in areas that have become stuck.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a NICE approved therapy recommended by the NHS. It is a short term (usually about 16 weeks) structured therapy that focusses on the connections between depression and relationship problems.
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