Depression is something we all experience at some point in our lives. Feeling depressed is a natural response to loss or bereavement. However, depression can be more serious and sustained, when our whole energy and concentration is lowered and we struggle to focus, believing ourselves to be worthless and useless. It is a condition which can affect a person’s thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour.

People with depression may struggle to get out of bed in the morning, eat well, sleep well and be well. Individuals feel sad, anxious or apathetic. Their whole body may feel sluggish, indeed the person may experience deep fatigue and low self-esteem. There is a loss of interest in usual activities or in their social life and the individual may begin to retreat or isolate themselves from life. This loss of interest in living may accelerate into suicidal and self-harming thoughts. Talking through your concerns and worries with a non-judgmental therapist can be a huge help at such a distressing time.