Depression is a very common condition. It is said to affect 1 in 10 people at any given time. If this true, that would mean 470,000 people in Ireland are suffering from some level of depression right now. If you are a sufferer yourself, you are therefore certainly not alone!
Depression can range greatly in severity. It is not unusual for people to feel down or depressed at some point in their lives. Often these feelings can be triggered by negative events or situations. However, a low mood will tend to lift after a few days or a couple of weeks at the most. Small changes in your life, particularly if they address a temporary situation that’s causing you to feel down, can also lift a low mood.
However, if the low mood persists, if small changes seem to make no difference and if people, events, situations or things that used to lift your spirits no longer do so, you may be experiencing a more serious level of depression, and for some people, depression can become chronic and debilitating. Depression can affect every aspect of the sufferer’s life. It can have a far-reaching impact on families, work, friendships and relationships. Sufferers can feel isolated, hopeless and alone.
It is most important that sufferers, or those close to them are able to recognise the signs of depression and seek help for it.
The HSE identifies eight key indicators:
- Low mood lasting two weeks or more
- Not getting any enjoyment out of life
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling tired or lacking energy
- Not being able to concentrate on everyday things
- Comfort eating or losing your appetite
- Sleeping more than usual or being unable to sleep
- Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself
At Transformative we offer help and hope. The first thing we do is undertake a FREE telephone consultation with you in which we discuss your situation and agree the best form of treatment. We have psychotherapists who are specially trained in treating depression and bi-polar disorder, and/or we can use clinical hypnotherapy to address any past trauma or negative events that may be contributing to your condition.
See our blog post on ‘How should we handle Anxiety and Depression in our children and young people.’
If you would like to arrange an initial telephone conversation, please use the form below to make contact or visit our Contact Us page.
Can depression be cured?
It can certainly be treated, and at Transformative we have enjoyed great success with our clients. The range of treatments and therapies we have available and the way our therapists work together, means that you will get the very best programme for you.
Will my depression just go away?
It is possible, but if you want to be free of it, the very best course of action is for you to tackle it. If you pick the phone up to us, or if you prefer, simply complete the form below and allow us to contact you, you are guaranteed complete confidentiality. You are also guaranteed that you will be speaking to a highly experienced and qualified expert who will talk you through your options with compassion and understanding.
Why does depression happen?
There are many possible causes, including issues with mood regulation in the brain, genetic vulnerability, medications, and medical issues. It can also be the result of the suppression of emotions related to past trauma or negative events. The suppression of anger for instance. Sometimes more than one of these factors can be involved. That’s why it is important for us to talk to you and understand your own specific situation before recommending a course of action.