Depression often is a disconnection from our emotions, and can be a scary experience for many people leading to feelings of loneliness and loss of interest in relationships, passions and enjoying life.
Asking for support to find your way out of a place of depression can often be the first step in reconnecting with yourself. We all experience moments of lowness, where as depression is when this continues for a long period of time, maybe a week or more, the episodes differ from person to person and for some it can be something that occurs repeatedly through their life, and for others it may just occur once. The reasons for depression can be due to a life event like losing a loved one, losing a job or home, or it could be something less obvious, such as repeatedly feeling misunderstood. There is no one defining factor that can lead to depression.
Signs you may be experiencing depression could be one or more of the following:
· Loss of interest in pleasures, hobbies and interests
· Low moods
· Feeling fatigued, unmotivated.
· Change in sleeping patterns, you may be sleeping more than usual or struggling to sleep.
· You may feel a loss in appetite, or be eating a lot more comfort foods.
· Feelings of worthlessness, guilt and shame can be common.
· Do you struggle to concentrate when previously you could.
· Have any of these been on going struggles for you, or lasted more than a few days?
I offer a safe, compassionate and empathic environment to explore what your experience of depression may be.
Sometimes in life we feel like everything is too much to cope with, our bodies have strong reactions and experiences as we feel scared, fearful or uneasy.
When our bodies react we may feel our heart rate increase, maybe we get a headache and pressure around our eyes, maybe we feel short of breath, or breathing quickly. For many people these moments can pass and they can continue on with their day, but for some we can continue to experience these feelings, it can begin to change our behaviours and thoughts. Someone who was once quite sociable might stop leaving their home, or become fearful of socialising. Relationships could feel overwhelming or going to work could become too much.
If you feel like you may be experiencing anxiety, I welcome you to contact me and discuss how your experiences impact your quality of life.