Depression can hit anyone at any time, and often symptoms creep up on people so it's not easily recognisable. It can follow after there has been some change in your life, e.g. loss of a loved one, loss of a job, moving to another country, childbirth, end of a relationship etc, even after some time has passed. It can also stem from a combination of problems or pressures in your life that have built up over a period of time. Sometimes it may even take others to tell you that you don't appear to be yourself lately.
You may be feeling that something is not right within you, and you're struggling to feel good about things. Maybe you feel isolated and alone, even if you do have people around you. You may find you are becoming irritable, withdrawn, overly emotional or anxious. Maybe there's a sense of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt or pessimism. You may notice a lack of motivation or fatigue, or a loss of interest and enjoyment in your usual activities. There may also be persistent aches or pains, digestive problems, difficulty sleeping, problems with concentration or memory. If you've been feeling like this for a while and nothing seems to be changing, then it may be time to reach out and seek some help.
Depression can often develop out of grief. If you've experienced a big loss in your life, maybe the loss of a loved one or the breakdown of a relationship, the emotional pain can feel overwhelming. If you're feeling isolated and alone in your grief and struggling to move forward, it can be very helpful to talk to someone outside of your family and friends. Counselling can be a strong supporting factor to help you through the grieving process.
It's important that you don't try to cope with your feelings on your own. All of us need to reach out for support at times. If it's difficult to get to a counselling office, then we can provide Skype or FaceTime appointments.
Whatever the reason, feeling depressed is not something to be ashamed of. Isolating oneself or taking mood altering substances just prolongs it and can create other health problems. Depression is treatable, and depending on circumstances and severity, can lift relatively quickly by gaining more awareness of its origins and learning some new life skills to help it shift. Medication does not have to be your first option, but if so, its use should coincide with professional psychological support.
So don't put up with feeling down any longer. Minimising your problem won't make it go away. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to find the joy within you and the zest for life again. Our counsellor can help you on your road to recovery, providing education, guidance and support to help you get back on track.
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.....Christian D Larson