Depression is a real illness and with it can lead to areas such as relationship problems, family suffering and lost work productivity. However it is an illness that can be treated. Depression is considered to be the most common mental disorder in Britain (along with mixed anxiety).
There maybe short periods of time where humans feel unhappy which is considered to be ‘normal’. Depression however tends to be for a long period of time from weeks to months to even years if not treated. It is a state of low mood that affects a person's thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well-being.
Depression is an overwhelming emotion that can lead people to feeling sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were a pleasurable, experience, a loss of appetite or resort to overeating, having problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may also occur.
Depression is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It may be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments.
In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life, but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, major depression (clinical depression) can leave you feeling suicidal.
While anti-depressants can ease the immediate symptoms they do not tackle any root cause, and so are often used in combination with counselling. New-Horizon Counselling offers people the opportunity to identify the factors that contribute to their depression and to deal effectively with the causes.