Depression Counselling

Depression and SorrowDepression is a mood or emotional state that is marked by feelings of low self-worth or guilt and a reduced ability to enjoy life. A person who is depressed may experience several of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Insomnia, sleep disturbances
  • Changes in appetite (weight loss or weight gain)
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain

Depression is more than just sadness. It is not a sign of weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with depression cannot simply “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most people who experience it need treatment to get better. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.