- Depression is a prolonged disorder of mood which can affect day to day life
- Difficulties can be experienced with sleep, appetite, weight, sexual interest, motivation, energy, and relationships.
- The word depression comes from the latin to press down (depress).
- Feeling depressed can be experienced like being pressed down, or pressing down emotions and needs.
- Depression can be exhausting and lead to depletion of energy in the longer term.
- Depressed emotions can include, disappointment, sadness, grief, anger, frustration, anxiety, shame, low self esteem, guilt, and joy.
- A common feature of depression can be negative and critical thinking.
- unexpressed feelings eg sadness, anger, loss
- unmet needs, and lack of action
- negative beliefs and thinking pattern, excessive thinking and worry
- unprocessed life events
- lack of self care
- negative relationships
- excessive stress, and trauma
- feeling trapped and helpless, learned helplessness
- excessive fight and flight responses
- media influence and pressure
- making sense of self, life events, and personal meaning
- expressing and exploring emotions
- addressing and reframing unhelpful thoughts and beliefs influencing negative moods (shoulds, musts, negative filtering, over-generalising, and labelling)
- increasing self care in areas such as diet, exercise, breathing, relaxation, relationships, positive/pleasureable activities
- tackling lists and creating short, medium and long term plans
- gaining sense of personal power
- addressing over-responsibility, and setting realistic expectations of self
- increasing self empowerment
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