Depression is a mood disorder that most people suffer from at some time in their lives.
During a period of depression there are many negative emotions such as sadness, lack of motivation, emptiness, loneliness, hopelessness about the future, anxiety, guilt and lack of interest in things previously enjoyed.
Physical effects can be tiredness, weight loss or gain, irritability, anger, and lack of concentration.
Some people are biologically predisposed to depression for a variety of reasons still not completely understood. However, there are also a number of environmental reasons why people become depressed.
One of the key triggers is stress. Stress causes hormones to be released into the blood which make changes to the neurons in the brain. Stressful events might be previous abuse, conflict, major life changes, bereavement, divorce, financial problems.
Other causes can be illness, medication, S.A.D. other emotional disorders, substance abuse, hormonal cycles, and postpartum (after childbirth).
If depression is persistent and affecting your quality of life, you should contact your GP in the first instance. They will help you plan a way forward which may involve counselling or therapy. There are also many charities which support people with depression. In cases of major depression and /or if there are suicidal thoughts, it is essential to enlist help from professionals who are specially trained to deal with this.
Coaching can help with low level depression in supporting people to understand their depression or low mood better and can teach ways to break the cycle and move towards recovery.
I provide confidential, non judgemental support helping you to move forward positively.