What is low mood/depression?
Low mood or depression is when people feel persistently sad or have reduced interest or pleasure in doing things for an extended period of time. Many people experience low mood or depression over the course of their lifetime which is why depression is sometimes referred to as the ‘common cold’ of psychological difficulties.
People who are depressed typically have difficulty concentrating, making decisions and sleeping, experience a change in their appetite and a decrease in their self-confidence. They may also experience hopelessness about the future and/or suicidal thoughts. It is common for people to withdraw socially when they become depressed and to stop doing activities they used to enjoy, which can then cause them to feel worse and lead to a ‘vicious cycle’.
What do we offer in our service to help with low mood/depression?
This really depends on what has led to someone feeling low or depressed. Where someone has experienced a bereavement, a relationship break-up, or a loss of another kind we would normally offer counselling or dynamic interpersonal therapy. Where the low mood seems to be being maintained by negative thinking or someone has stopped doing things they used to enjoy, we would normally suggest attending our Get back on track group or having some sessions of guided self-help.
You can find links to self-help leaflets and books on low mood/ depression on our Resources page.