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Depression

“It is precisely because the unconscious in its wisdom knows that ‘the way things used to be’ is no longer tenable or constructive that the process of growing and giving up is begun on an unconscious level and depression is experienced.....the pain of giving up is the pain of death, but the death of the old is the birth of the new. ….for us to develop a new and better idea, concept, theory or understanding, means that an old idea, concept or understanding must die” M. Scott Peck

Depression is often experienced as a reaction to an event or experience. It often relates to a sense of loss or bereavement.

 

  • Are you low or down most of the time?

  • Are you not enjoying things as much as you used to?

  • Do you find it difficult to laugh or see the funny side of things?

  • Is it hard to feel cheerful?

  • Do you feel as if you have slowed down?

  • Do you take less pride in your appearance?

  • Is it difficult to look forward to things?

  • Can you enjoy a good book/ movie etc?

  • Are you cutting yourself off from people close to you?

  • Are you drinking/ smoking too much?

  • Is it difficult to concentrate?

  • Are you not sleeping well?

 

If you recognise yourself in the list above, then you may be suffering from depression. Try taking the NHS online assessment here at:

www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/depression.aspx