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Depression is not just sadness, it is a serious, but common condition, which often causes people to feel sad or empty for long periods of time. It can be a devastating illness that affects your body, mood, behaviour and thoughts. It is not a sign of weakness or failure. It can affect thinking patterns physical health and in some cases, it can lead people to consider suicide.

Depression is categorised by its severity:


mild depression – has some impact on your daily life

moderate depression – has a significant impact on your daily life

severe depression – makes it almost impossible to get through daily life

Some of the common reasons behind the development of depression include distressing life events, bereavement, childhood experiences, bad circumstances, alcohol and illness.

The symptoms of depression are varied and affect people differently. Below are some common symptoms associated with depression. Its important to note that this is not a comprehensive list and you do not need to have all the symptoms to be depressed.


Psychological symptoms

Constantly anxious, tearful and worried

Feelings of hopelessness and that life isn't worth living

Feeling irritable and intolerant of others

Not getting any enjoyment out of life

No motivation or interest in things you used to enjoy

Self Harm

Suicidal thoughts

Physical symptoms

Disturbed sleep

Lack of energy

Loss of Libido

Speaking more slowly than usual

Unexplained aches and pains

For women, a change to your menstrual cycle

How can counselling help me

Counselling gives the opportunity to discuss the concerns and symptoms someone may be experiencing in life, without judgement. It helps a person understand why they may be experiencing depression and then put a plan in place to assist recovery. 

Remember that support is available, you are not alone and you won't always feel this way. 

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