What is Depression?


Depression is a common mental health condition characterised by low mood. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression (World Health Organisation, 2018)


The common symptoms of depression include experiencing different emotions, such may include:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness (feeling nothing can change)
  • Helplessness (feeling we cannot be helped)
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Anxiety 


Alternatively, it is also common that with depression, we can feel emotionally numb and disconnected.


The above listed emotions relate to negative thinking, a central part of depression. With depression we experience negative thoughts about ourselves, others, the world and life.


During periods of depression, our behaviour can also change, affecting how we feel. Often common changes in behaviour can include:

  • Withdrawal/isolation
  • Avoidance
  • Neglect of routine/usual activities
  • Lack of engagement with hobbies (often related to decreased feelings of pleasure, or difficulties with motivation)
  • Increased sleeping or lack of sleep
  • Rumination (dwelling on past events)
  • Use of alcohol/substances 
  • Self-harm behaviours


In addition to our mind, depression affects our body, often we can feel exhausted and experience bodily aches/pains.


Impact on Functioning


As with all mental health conditions, for some people the condition impacts many areas of their lives and this is evident, this is something we can see, for example the impact can be on our:

  • Relationships
  • Routine daily activities
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Work/education
  • Social life

However, for some people we cannot evidently see their difficulties, they may be attending work, engaging socially, continuing their usual activities. In clinic we use a metaphor of a duck swimming on a pond. We can seem to be moving without effort, gliding through life, just like the duck on the water. However, while we may appear fine on appearance, we can be paddling very hard underwater, struggling where people cannot see. No matter the visible impact upon your daily functioning, we are here to support you to overcome the current difficulties you are experiencing.


Treatment Options for Depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Densensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy


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