What is Depression?

Depression is a common medical condition. It can cause a low mood that doesn’t go away and makes us feel very sad or withdrawn. It interferes with the way we go about our everyday lives and can make it hard to cope.

Some people describe it as being in a really dark place that’s difficult to come back from. Others describe it as a numb feeling.

It’s important to get help to manage depression. There are lots of ways to treat it, and you can feel better.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Signs and symptoms of depression can be physical or emotional. You may recognise some of these symptoms of depression in yourself, or in someone you know.

You might be feeling:

  • Sad, teary, anxious or irritable
  • Hopeless and bad about yourself
  • Alone and isolated
  • Exhausted
  • Guilty
  • Angry

You may be thinking:

  • ‘My problems are too difficult to solve’
  • ‘Life is too hard’
  • ‘Everything’s going to go wrong’
  • ‘I’m no good’
  • ‘It’s all my fault’

Perhaps you have had changes in:

  • Motivation
  • Ability to find enjoyment
  • Quality of sleep
  • Appetite
  • Concentration
  • Consumption of alcohol or drugs

Treating Depression

There are three broad categories of treatment for depression:

  • Psychological (mind and talk therapies including art therapy and CBT counselling)
  • Physical (consult your GP and dietician)
  • Alternative Therapies including breathing, meditation and prayer.

Here at HPTW we recommend you see your local GP, book in for a dietician session,  and explore our range of therapeutic, counselling and prayer pathways.

We have seen great outcomes with guests experiencing a significant reduction in symptoms of depression related disorders.

There is hope for you also.