Every so often, we all experience low mood, which make us feel generally sad, miserable and down. Although these moods are often a response to upsetting events or experiences, they can also occur from time to time for no reason at all. However, if these low moods are occurring on a frequent basis (i.e., most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks) then depression may be the cause.
As a common yet serious condition, depression can affect people of all ages and become all-consuming and unbearable, affecting everything from relationships and work, to even the smallest of day-to-day tasks.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can present itself in a number of different ways, with common symptoms including:
• Feeling sad or unhappy more often than not
• Having a low opinion of yourself
• Having excessive or inappropriate guilt about things
• A lack of motivation and energy
• Poor sleep (i.e., too much or too little sleep)
• The loss of interest in things that are usually enjoyable
• Significant changes in your appetite or weight
• Poor concentration or indecisiveness
• Frequent pessimism and negative thoughts
• Suicidal thoughts.
Therapy for Depression Hertford
Although many sufferers believe that they will always feel that way, there are a number of effective therapies for depression that can help to improve the way you feel. These talking therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), all of which have been shown to be effective when delivered by appropriately trained and qualified health professionals.
Depression and Low Mood Hertford
Whether depression is an ongoing issue that has affected your life for many years, or has become a more recent problem, there is help available. As a clinical psychologist, Dr Maria Tucknott provides talking therapy for depression in Hertford, using both online and face to face therapy. For more information about how I can help you with Depression and low mood in Hertford & Hertfordshire, contact me today about your free initial consultation.