Depression - snap out of it?
Written by: Una Cavanagh MBACP
Wouldn’t it be great if when suffering from depression, you could just flip a switch and the depression would be magically lifted? Suffering depression, however, is a serious and debilitating condition and like any illness, needs help and support to enable you to feel better.
If you’re suffering from depression, you may not even realise it – it can creep up on you unannounced and it’s only when someone close to you, a work colleague or someone else notices a change and tries to talk to you about it, that it is even considered. Has that happened to you?
With the best will in the world, people will often try to give you “helpful” advice about how to tackle your depression, eat properly, exercise lots, take up a hobby. There are articles and self-help books galore available – very well meant, but are they useful?
Whilst this advice can be very helpful in alleviating symptoms, the flip side is that if you’re already feeling low, you are likely to already be experiencing deep feelings of failure. If you are therefore unable to engage in any of these activities, this sense of failure can be reinforced and your depression actually gets worse!
The first most helpful thing to do for yourself if you think you are suffering from depression is to try and discuss it with someone – a counsellor, your GP, your partner, trusted friend. I appreciate just how difficult that may be, but if you contact a trained counsellor, we understand just how difficult it was to even make that first phone call or write that first email or send a text – but the good news is that process of being helped will have already begun.
With depression, it’s small steps on the road to feeling better, not giant leaps or quick fixes. If you want someone to listen to you without judging you or giving you lots of well-meant advice, counsellors are trained to help and are ready to listen to you.
When you’re ready, we are here for you.