Are you struggling with depression?

Feelings of being persistently unhappy, hopeless or have lost interest in things you used to enjoy. People with depression can often feel anxious, or permanently low, please remember that depression is treatable.

What is depression?

If you have depression, you are likely to feel persistently unhappy and hopeless and to lose interest in things you used to enjoy. Depression impacts how we feel, think and act. People with depression can often feel anxious, you can read what are the main anxiety disorders are.  Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.  However low you are feeling now, please remember that depression is treatable.

When to seek treatment

You should consider treatment for your depression when:
You frequently feel anxiety and excessively worried about your life
You worry that your worries are becoming out of control
You're finding it hard to sleep
You can't turn off your worry, and its anxiety is affecting your daily life
You feel chronically anxious or depressed
You have nausea, IBS symptoms, aches and pains
I have never received CBT before so it was a new experience for me. But I found it very helpful and it gave me much more confidence and helped me out of depression.
Female, 29
I now feel I have my life on track. I am so much happier because I have learnt how to cope with depression and mood swings. CBT has been fantastic.
Male, 41
The experience has been one of the most helpful experiences of my life. It has left me with a range of strategies I can use on a daily basis and has given me greater insight into my beliefs and behaviours.
Female, 32
The biggest lesson I have learnt is that I am not alone and that it is ok to ask for help.
Male, 24
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CBT is the treatment of choice for mild to moderate depression. If symptoms of depression are severe, and medication is required, then it has a greater effect if combined with CBT. Guidelines on depression, produced by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend CBT as an effective psychological treatment to overcome depression and stay well. All our CBT Therapists are BABCP accredited therapists, so all are specifically trained to treat depression with CBT.
Depression does not only affect adults. Children and young people can get depressed too.
It's important to get help early if you think your child may be depressed. The longer it goes on, the more likely it is to disrupt your child's life and turn into a long-term problem.

Symptoms of depression in children often include:
sadness, or a low mood that does not go away
being irritable or grumpy all the time
not being interested in things they used to enjoy
feeling tired and exhausted a lot of the time

Your child may also:
have trouble sleeping or sleep more than usual
not be able to concentrate
interact less with friends and family
be indecisive
not have much confidence
eat less than usual or overeat
have big changes in weight
seem unable to relax or be more lethargic than usual
talk about feeling guilty or worthless
feel empty or unable to feel emotions (numb)
have thoughts about suicide or self-harming
actually self-harm, for example, cutting their skin or taking an overdose
Some children have problems with anxiety as well as depression. Some also have physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach aches.
Problems at school can be a sign of depression in children and young people and so can problem behaviour.
Older children who are depressed may misuse drugs or alcohol.
Please bear in mind that people recover at different rates, and your therapist will review your progress at each session, but, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, mild OCD and most sex therapy will require six sessions over one to three months, while depression and social anxiety may take slightly longer with 12 sessions over four to six months.
Postpartum depression is suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue; postnatal depression.

Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.
It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners.
It's important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.
With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.
talk about your feelings to a friend, family member, doctor or midwife
try calming breathing exercises if you feel overwhelmed
do physical activity if you can – it can improve your mood and help you sleep
eat a healthy diet with regular meals
try to attend antenatal classes to meet other pregnant people
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