Depression is a very common problem for a large number of people in the UK. Depression can come and go or can persist for many years. Depression can be triggered by a difficult life event, or can develop gradually over time. People with depression often struggle to see how they will ever feel better.
Depression is an emotional disorder that will affect one in five of us at some point in our lives. Individuals with depression may feel ‘numb’ of emotions, or may feel distressed and tearful a lot of the time. It is normal for people to feel ‘down’ or ‘flat’ from time to time, but when those feelings last for more than two or three weeks and interfere with work, relationships, school or social activity, it is more likely that you are suffering from depression. Depression can often go hand in hand with anxiety and usually results in social isolation or withdrawal from previously enjoyed activities. There will also usually be a number of physical symptoms such as constant tiredness, lack of appetite and sex drive, overeating, broken sleep and aches and pains. Emotional symptoms can range from incessant low spirits to thoughts of suicide.
Depression can be triggered by life changing events such as unemployment, relationship breakdown and bereavement, or can result from a persons underlying believe about themselves such as low self esteem or a sense of failure. Post-natal depression can occur any time between two weeks and two years after giving birth. Those with a family history of depression are more vulnerable to the condition.
CBT is an effective treatment approach in dealing with depression. CBT focussed on exploring and uncovering a persons underlying beliefs about themselves, other people or the world which may have triggered or be maintaining their depression. CBT is a structured therapy that helps people to challenge the beliefs underlying their depression and to develop healthy coping skills.
Depression: The Way out of your Prison, Third Edition by Dorothy Rowe
Overcoming Depression. A Five Areas Approach
By Christopher Williams
First Edition. Oxford University Press 2001
The Mindful Way Through Depression (includes CD of mindfulness practices)
By Mark Williams