Depression is increasingly more common, it can run in families and research tells us that it can be genetic; you may have learnt certain behaviours from a parent. It can also have been caused by a stressful or major unfortunate event in your life resulting from abuse, or a mixture of incidents, life changes, conflict, bereavement or loss, personal problems, serious illness or substance abuse.
Research is exploring the causes of depression and it’s a complex area. What has been discovered is that a chemical imbalance, lack of chemicals being transmitted to the brain called Serotonin, Dopamine and Noradrenaline, can lead to depression.
Symptoms include fatigue, lack of concentration, feeling overwhelmed by sadness or feeling blue, unhappy, conflict, feeling miserable, or down in the dumps, inability to engage with people socially and a lack of interest in anything, a lack of concentration or feeling apathetic – doing things may seem pointless and you may feel hopeless. You can also begin to worry about the changes you are experiencing.
You may find it difficult to sleep or may even find yourself sleeping more than you usually do, and you may experience feelings of self-loathing, guilt and unimportance, avoiding social and usual routines, and you may no longer find pleasure in things that you used to enjoy. A loss of appetite, weight gain or loss and feeling fatigued are due to changes in circadian levels, rhythms and hormones.
How therapy helps
In order for your depression to shift we will need explore your thinking styles so that you begin to think differently. An example is exploring the format of your focus and beliefs, thus improving the way you behave and feel and altering the chemical responses in your brain. The production of Serotonin helps to overcome the lethargy, fear and worry so that you regain control. Therapy helps by exploring ways to get you to sleep better, recover your energy, identify your feelings and find solutions so that you can strengthen and develop more positive approaches.