One in five people become depressed at some point in their lives and many seek a therapist for help for depression. There are many types of depression and many reasons people feel depressed.
What is depression?
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days, we all go through spells of feeling down. When you are depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months. If left untreated, it can go on for years.
Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.
Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. It can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry. It can strike anyone, and is curable in very many cases.
CBT can help you understand your own expectations which might be unrealistic or difficult to maintain. It can also provide you with strategies to help both alleviate and prevent depressive symptoms from recurring in future. Furthermore it can show you steps to help find alternative ways of dealing with life’s challenges.