Depression and low mood can feel like being stuck in a kind of glue and almost in an alternative and negative reality. Often “Think Yourself Positive” programmes can add to our depression and unhappiness as they fail to acknowledge the levels of despair we might be feeling.
Depression can often be sparked by a major life change such as separation, bereavement, retirement, illness or trauma.
Not fighting Depression means that it can feed on itself – we can even get depressed about being depressed, leading to feelings of guilt and a vicious cycle of reinforcing our negativity.
People who feel depressed often feel lethargic and totally exhausted; others cover up their depression with the misuse of alcohol or drugs.
Among the other symptoms of depression are negative thoughts, stress, low self-esteem, anxiety and the inability to act positively. Sometimes people self harm or have suicidal thoughts.
The good news is that depression can pass and is rarely a permanent state, but there are no instant solutions.
Birmingham Counselling Services can provide a safe place for you and help you to acknowledge your feelings rather than denying and burying them. Acknowledging and then fighting depression can be one way of working with it.
View our profiles of counsellors with specific focus in Fighting Depression below and call us on 0121 314 9903 for information on how to be referred to a counsellor of your choice.