What is depression?

Everybody experiences changes in mood. Sometimes you may feel ‘normal’, or even particularly happy, and at other times you may feel low and unhappy. Depression, however, is more than just the usual day-to-day changes in emotions; it is a persistent state of having low mood, lacking interest and motivation in doing things you normally do, and withdrawing from the life you usually lead.

Depression could be caused by many different reasons, including a stressful life event, difficulties with family or friends, a loss, or not being able to achieve something. For some people, it may even be a combination of different reasons or no specific reason at all, and yet a cycle of depression begins that can affect the way you think, behave and physically feel.

Around 20% of the population are experiencing depression at any one time and some studies predict that it will become the biggest health problem in the world in the near future, so it is a common issue that affects a lot of people.

Low Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem is having a generally negative overall opinion of yourself. This can also mean that you judge or evaluate yourself negatively, and place a negative value on yourself as a person.

Everyone holds opinions about the type of person that they are. These opinions are at the heart of self-esteem and they affect how you value yourself. Self-esteem is not static and fixed; your beliefs about yourself can change throughout your life as a result of circumstances and your experience.

Interpersonal Problems
Sometimes the relationships that give us the most joy can also be ones that cause difficulty. Wellbeing can be affected by how we get along with others, and this can cause us symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. These might become apparent after significant life changes, like the birth of a baby, a marriage or the loss of someone close. It can also develop as the result of gradual changes in relationships or because of new relationships forming.

What support is available for depression?

At Health in Mind we offer a range of different support for depression. The support we offer you will be based on what would be most helpful and suitable, and will be tailored to meet your individual requirements.

Available support for depression, low self-esteem and interpersonal problems include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT)

  • Interpersonal Psychological Therapy (IPT)

  • Workshops/Courses (Intervention groups)

  • Counselling

  • Guided Self-Help

  • Support Time and Recovery Service (STaR)

For more information about the support available, please click here.