How do we know if we are depressed?
Depression is stated to be a feeling of low mood, experienced for a prolonged period of time which can manifest itself in a number of ways, resulting from negative automatic thought patterns … or NATS for short! (See below for a list of symptoms).
Evidently about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will suffer from depression at some point in their lives serious enough to need support or treatment. It is sometimes difficult to pinpoint causes of depression, and anyone can suffer with it. Depression can develop without any apparent reason, or can be triggered by a life event such as a bereavement, illness, redundancy, ongoing stress, relationships, in fact there is no limit to what can cause it to start and many people are not aware they are suffering from depression. There is a perceived stigma with depression as sufferers are often embarrassed and ashamed believing that “their” depression suggests a failure or weakness.
Most people do not realise that they are actually not “depressed people”, but simply have thoughts that result in them feeling depressed, and then behave in a ‘depressed way’.
Symptoms may include
- Prolonged sadness or low mood
- Loss of interest in activities that are usually enjoyed
- Lethargy / poor concentration
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Loss of appetite leading to weight loss
- Comfort eating leading to weight gain
- Insomnia or disturbed sleep
How to overcome depression?
I draw on a unique blend of life-changing skills such as CBT,EFT, NLP, Transformational Life Coaching, Strategic Intervention Coaching, to facilitate change for you as an individual and transform your life. I have been providing life-changing help for people in the Brighton, Hove and Sussex community for over 18 years.