'Depression' is Googled every two seconds in the UK!
A recent study by the Priory group has shown that the word ‘depression’ is Googled every two seconds in the UK! Even as an experienced counsellor this is an alarming statistic to read, and saddening that so many people might be struggling alone, worried about the stigma of depression, or unable to reach out and connect with those around them instead of searching for information, help and support online.
Depression is a complex and multi-layered condition, with many people functioning on a day-to-day basis, but nevertheless struggling with a number of symptoms. In some cases symptoms can become very distressing and debilitating, significantly reducing the capacity to carry out even the simplest tasks.
Some of the symptoms of depression are:
- lack of energy
- loss of interest or enjoyment
- low motivation
- difficulty making decisions
- feelings of worthlessness
- sleep difficulties, either sleeping too much or the inability to get a good night sleep
- becoming withdrawn and isolated
- changes in appetite, either not feeling hungry or over eating
- relationship difficulties
- negative or dark thoughts
- feeling tearful
- feeling numb or empty
- self harm
- feeling suicidal
Whilst there is lots of online information and self-help options, which may be helpful, you don’t have to cope alone. If you think you or someone you know might be struggling with depression, contact your GP, who will talk through your treatment options, or contact a local counsellor who can explore the option of counselling with you, what it involves and how it can help.
Research has shown that counselling can be very effective in treating depression.
However it can feel confusing to know which type of counselling would suit you and which therapist you could build a relationship and work with.
If you are feeling very distressed or suicidal contact your GP or call the Samaritans on 08457 909090.
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About Debbie Haring
Debbie Haring BSc, MSc, MBACP, Psychodynamic counsellor working in Private Practice