• Depression

Treating your Depression 

Are you suffering with depression, (or are you visiting for a friend or loved one?)

Do you find yourself feeling low and miserable most of the time, are you anxious or worried, easily irritated or upset, prone to anger outbursts?  Are you noticing that your thoughts are more negative than they used to be?  Are you lacking enthusiasm or energy for the things you need to do or want to do?

Depression affects sleep, eating, drinking, smoking and socialising

Perhaps you’re finding it hard to work out why you feel this way and you might feel guilty because you should be grateful for your life and have no particular reason for feeling down…you just do.  That’s depression.

Changes to eating or sleeping patterns and unwanted thoughts are just some of the possible symptoms of a period of depression. Personal relationships may be affected by fewer demonstrations of affection or a lower sex drive.  While friendships are altered by a lack of interest in socialising.  Hobbies shelved when they no longer feel rewarding, or you just can’t be bothered.


Reactive Depression arises following a major or sudden event in your life, perhaps a death, redundancy, a child’s birth, divorce, moving home, an accident or medical problem. It may be short-lived, perhaps a matter of weeks.  Or it may linger for many months, sometimes many years.

Cyclical Depression is where these low moods and behavioural changes happen more than once in your lifetime, not necessarily regularly or close together, sometimes there can be many years between them.  With each subsequent bout of depression, the likelihood of further cycles increases


People with depression often feel very lonely, no matter how many people they have in their lives, a sense of others not understanding what they’re feeling or not being able to admit to these thoughts and feelings even to those closest leaves them even more isolated.

The World Health Organisation estimates the rate of depression as 5% at any one time, globally.  Whilst more women than men are treated for depression, it could be argued that men are less likely to seek treatment until severely depressed.


The Symptoms of Depression

Some of the more common symptoms are…Depression - Fast, effective therapy

  • Feeling unhappy most of the time
  • Memory lapses
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in activities that used to bring pleasure
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain – a disturbance of appetite or eating patterns
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Sleeping problems
  • Insomnia, being unable to go to sleep
  • An increased need for sleep
  • Waking often during the night
  • Early waking and being unable to go back to sleep
  • Feeling physically tired much of the time, and having less energy
  • Feeling agitated, unable to settle, for no apparent reason
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Increased negative or bad thoughts
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Feeling worthless, ashamed or guilty
  • Reduced interest in appearance
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

While most people will experience some of these symptoms at some time, several of these at one time can indicate depression, where no physical reason has been found


So, where is your depression coming from?

Not necessarily caused by any big events in your life, but more likely by a build up of emotion over a period of time. Leading busy modern lives, we learn at an early age to push away thoughts and emotions which are uncomfortable or unpleasant, to push them down, ignore them and move on; eventually they just get too heavy…and that’s where we come in.


Begin your escape from depression today

Call/text/message or email today to book your free screening session at Lutterworth Health, where Sue Rayner  will discuss the problems you’re having and explain the therapies and training courses which might best suit your needs and she’ll be happy to answer any questions.

We offer complete confidentiality and a sympathetic, professional service from a private office in Lutterworth.