What is Depression?

Depression is very common. It affects about 20% of us.

Common symptoms include: a combination of: crying, feelings of profound sadness, emptiness, pessimism and despair, lack of energy and motivation, difficulties in concentration, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, lack of sex drive, lack of enjoyment and interests and suicidal thoughts. Depression can badly impact on personal and professional relationships.

Psychotherapy can successfully help most people.  Research is now showing that psychotherapy positively impacts on the brain’s chemistry and brain structures in much the same way that antidepressant medication does.

Depression can vary from mild to severe. It is more than a transient low mood. Depression is diagnosed if someone has been suffering from a combination of the above mentioned symptoms, for an extended period.

The causes of depression are many and varied. Some people may be genetically predisposed to a depressive episode. These episodes are often precipitated by a stressful life event such as the death of a loved one, or the breakup of a close relationship. Early childhood traumas can also re-surface in later in life as depression.

Psychotherapy allows for the exploration of the causes specific to you.  I draw on my clinical knowledge and experience to facilitate that exploration.  My focus is always you and the easing of your pain.