According to the Mental Health Foundation one in six people are estimated to experience depression in their life time.   But the Foundation say this figure is an underestimate as  many people suffer depression but don't ask for help or tell anyone.  So seeking help for depression is in itself a vital first step. 

It is important to find out what the word “depression” means for you as an individual as depression is different for everyone. Since depression is so unique to the person I cannot offer a made in advance step by step solution.  Instead the aim is to work with you to find out how the specific difficulties you face are shaped by your own specific, deep seated and hidden thoughts. 

One way of thinking about depression is that it is our own very personal reaction to loss. This can be of a relationship, of a job or through bereavement. It is normal to feel sadness and sometimes guilt and anger at such events. Experiencing these feelings is a part of the process of coming to terms with what has happened. If we block this grieving, we are unable to acknowledge the nature of our loss. So we are left with an unresolved yet deeply buried anger, without the psychological strength to be gained from realising the personal nature of our loss and fully grieving; this allows for depression to take hold. Counselling and psychotherapy can  help to find a way forward.

Useful Publications:
All About Depression, Mental Health Foundation, by Dr Jo Borrill
The New Black, Mourning Melancholia and Depression, by Darian Leader
Mourning and Melancholia, by Sigmund Freud

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