Depression

September 14, 2017

Top 5 Psychological Treatments for Depression

Depression is a condition which can affect anyone – it does not discriminate. For some people, depression may come on quite suddenly, and for other people, it might creep up on them over time. Depression might occur after particular changes in your life, or, after stagnation in your life.  It includes symptoms of: feeling down and depressed most of the time, low motivation, lethargy, sleep and appetite changes, weight changes, thoughts of death or suicide, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulties thinking, irritability, social isolation, and loss of enjoyment in activities.   When we feel down for a day or two, we can often pull ourselves out of that low mood with relative ease. However, when feelings of depression occur for more than two weeks, you […]
September 14, 2017

Top 5 Causes of Depression

“Life is difficult” M. Scott Peck wrote in his book The path road travelled (1998). How true that is. Life is full of unwanted changes, losses and setbacks. And inevitably, some of these events can lead to depression and can affect any of us. Depression is one of the most common presenting issues at our clinic.   Depression can be caused by a combination of different factors or stressful life events (both past and present), but sometimes the cause is not so obvious. However, different stressors can affect individuals differently at different times of their lives.   Some factors that can increase the risk of developing depression include (but not limited to):   Family history You may have a higher riskof depression if itruns in your […]
September 14, 2017

Top 12 Self-Help Strategies for Depression

There are a variety of self-help strategies for depression you can explore to support you in dealing with depression. Depression You may be suffering depression if you have felt sad, empty or hopeless or lost interest or pleasure in usual activities for a period of two weeks or more along with a number of other symptoms such as: • Significant changes in weight, either weight gain or weight loss or changes in appetite • Sleep problems • Feeling tired all the time • Feeling worthless or guilty • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions • Suicidal thoughts, ‘life’s not worth living’   Self-help strategies for depression:   1. Try one of the freely available computer interventions for help with depression giving you the flexibility of working through […]
September 12, 2017

Top 5 Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Described as the black dog, dark cloud, black hole or endless pit – depression is often depicted as an all-consuming emotional state that is unyielding to the sufferer.  A term bandied around by many, depression often accompanies judgement, stigma and shame rather than understanding, compassion and support.     Depression is likely to touch most of us directly or indirectly but it is often hidden under a shroud of mystery leaving people unclear on what depression is. Identifying signs of clinical depression versus normal sadness or low mood is crucial to help steer individuals towards the right support.  This article will outline the top 5 signs and symptoms of depression. Mood – Feeling very low, down, flat and depressed most of the time – more days […]
October 23, 2015

The Power of Self Compassion.

Ever since the transfusion of Eastern Knowledge and wisdom into the West there has been a shift to how we view previously taken for granted ideas or beliefs. Self-compassion is a powerful belief and practice with specific steps that can offer those who are inclined, interested or ready to experience themselves in a much more nurturing light. Self-compassion is not to be confused with self-esteem. Self-compassion teaches us how to give with loving kindness, firstly to ourselves and in so doing we have more space and energy to give to others. Self-esteem however can have the tendency to use language that is comparison oriented such as: ‘I must have a ‘low self-esteem’ if I can’t do that…they must have a ‘higher or better self-esteem’? This language […]
October 20, 2015

Improving your Well-being through Gratitude

What are the things that you are most grateful for in your life? Who are the people that you most appreciate? What are the activities that bring you the most relaxation? How do you choose to spend your time when you want to feel joy? What are the places that bring you a sense of calm? The answers to these questions probably come to you fairly easily. That is because our minds and hearts are good at knowing and feeling what is truly important. This is what makes most people think that maintaining a grateful attitude is easy – but as anyone who has ever been stressed, busy or caught up in the challenges of life can tell you – it is very easy to lose […]

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