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Depression and Low Mood

It is natural to feel upset or sad from time to time, often people tend to feel low during or after distressing life events, but sometimes low moods can occur or for no obvious reason. Most of the time, these feelings will pass after a while, but if they continue, they can begin to interfere with day-to-day life and develop into a more serious mood disorder called depression. Indicators of depression are having a sustained low mood or having lost interest in activities for most of the day, nearly every day for nearly two weeks. Some common symptoms include:

  • Poor concentration, inattentiveness, and indecisiveness

  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt

  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, or attempted suicide

  • Insomnia or excessive sleep

  • Significant changes in appetite or weight

  • Reduced energy or fatigue

  • Noticeable slowing of thought and physical movement.

Depression can affect anyone at any point in their life, sometimes the reason why it develops is clear but sometimes the causes are not so clear. People who have had difficult experiences such as childhood trauma, abuse, or neglect, life changes, adjustments or transitions, bereavement and losses, prolonged stress, health problems, work or school bullying, and family or relationship problems can all increase vulnerability to depression. It has also been found that some lifestyle factors such as sleep, diet, and exercise as well as alcohol and recreational drug use can increase susceptibility to depression.

There can be different diagnoses and severities of depression, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which occurs at a particular time of year; Dysthymia, which is a continuous mild depression that lasts for two years or more; Prenatal depression, which occurs during pregnancy; and Postnatal depression, which occurs in the first year after giving birth.

If you think you or someone you know is experiencing depression, there are some different options available, such as keeping active and spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness and self-care, or talking to friends and family. Different things work for different people, and sometimes professional support is required. Here at Surrey Therapy Practice, we have a team of experienced professionals who offer a range of treatments for depression. Many of our team members use an integrative approach to tailor their treatment plans to specific individual needs.

Get in touch and make an enquiry here.

Read our blog on depression and CBT here.

Therapies for Depression and Low mood include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy

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