Depression is more than just feeling sad or low which can naturally happen from time to time for various reasons. When these negative feelings or ‘down’ times begin to seriously interfere with your life or last for a substantial time then it could be depression.
Depression brings with it a broad range of feelings and emotions some of which are listed below. Their intensity varying according to its severity:
- Intense and deep sadness.
- Alone, abandoned and uncared for.
- Emptiness and loss.
- Overwhelming sense of hopelessness.
- Powerless, defeated and trapped.
- Loss of energy and drive, no passion.
- There is no ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel.
- No meaning, no purpose, nothing to look forward.
- A numb feeling towards family and loved ones.
- No enjoyment only the dark abyss of despair.
- The inability to get out of bed or leave the room.
The situation can be compounded if it negatively impacts relationships or there is lack of understanding by others.
I realise that words alone cannot convey the real pain, therefore please understand that you are not alone, there is support and help for you.
Counselling aims to help you out of this ‘dark’ state and put you on the path of re-connection and fulfilment. It can support you in finding a way through by providing respect, empathy, patience, understanding, and acknowledging the pain and its underlying emotions. Through growing awareness, it can gently help you begin to heal the hidden thoughts and beliefs which are feeding the depression.
As the depression is managed and reduced, you may feel like a load is lifting and find opportunities and possibilities open up for you. You look to begin reclaiming life, breath in hope and watch the sunrise.