Depression / Low mood
Feeling depressed is so much more than just feeling sad. It can be a bleak, dark, all-encompassing place to be. Particularly in the early stages, you might be able to hide it from others but not always. You might want to deny that is how you are feeling, e.g., working too hard, using alcohol to try to cope (although, in the long run, alcohol actually acts as a depressant on your brain after the initial merry feelings or feelings of numbness).
Structuring your time to include some activities that give you/or used to give you, pleasure is a good starting point. Seeing a trusted expert psychologist for low mood can help you learn or re-visit helpful techniques. Trying to keep your head above water will help you to then be able to start tackling the issues giving rise to your low mood. Sometimes counselling for depression is just isn't enough. A more in-depth thorough understanding is needed to help move forward. Hence its helpful to see a professional psychologist for depression.
You and your Clinical Psychologist can, together, work out how things got to this point and how to move forward in a better direction.
You may feel so hopeless and low in mood that you have reached the point where you feel you “wouldn’t mind not waking up” or “I’d be better off dead”. Please seek support and help from those around you. Psychological input has helped many people overcome such feelings.
If you feel you cannot keep yourself safe, or have been tempted to plan to end your life, please reach out to your GP or other crisis service like Samaritans who are there 24 hours. Please note we are unable to provide a crisis service.
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.