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Making sense of depression, finding its origin and working through 'steps' to find ways to feel better

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What is Depression?

Depression is a word that is often used to describe mood problems but what exactly is depression?

While it can mean different things to different people, some common features include:

Emotional symptoms such as sadness, low mood, loss of pleasure from previously enjoyable experiences.

Physical symptoms such as disturbed sleep, and either increased or decreased eating compared to your normal pattern.

Motivational symptoms may include apathy, loss of drive or the sense of sitting around and waiting for something to happen.

Cognitive symptoms such as negative self-thoughts, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, inability to concentrate, suicidal thoughts and feelings of despair and hopelessness

'Depression is feeling like you've lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realise that what you lost is yourself' (Unknown)

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What Causes Depression?

There are a range of factors which may contribute to someone developing depression. Some or all of the following may apply to you.

  • You have a family history of depression and this may lead you to having an increased susceptibility to it. This could be because of biological inheritance, or learned ways of behaving and responding to difficulties in life.
  • You may lack close confiding relationships. Lacking such relationships has been highlighted as a key 'vulnerability factor' which might increase susceptibility to depression.
  • Personal Psychological Factors may emerge from your personal history and life experiences which heighten your vulnerability to suffer from depression.

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    Therapeutic Support for Depression

    People feel depressed and react the way they do for very real and meaningful reasons. Past events as well as current circumstances shape how a person sees their life and the world they live in.

    Therapeutic support can help get to the root of these reasons and help you work through your difficulties in several different ways.

    Do have a look at the therapeutic support options that I offer here at Steps to Therapy and use the form to request the kind of help you would like to start with.

    If you are unsure please do contact me to discuss your depression difficulties and we can decide together what might be a useful starting point.

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