How to Tell if You’re Experiencing Depression

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Updated: 8 October 2020

It’s normal to feel sad, depressed and experience low mood from time to time, especially after negative or upsetting events, and even sometimes for no reason at all.

There are times however that these feeling can become a problem.

If your sadness, low mood or feelings of depression persist for weeks or months, or you are having trouble with feelings of low mood or depression impacting your day-to-day life, this is a sign to seek help from our depression clinic in Newcastle.

How Do I Know if I’m Depressed?

1 in 5 adults experience depression at some point in their life and the impact of low mood can vary significantly from person to person.

Common causes of depression and low mood include adverse life events, self-criticism or feelings of guilt and shame, sudden loss or bereavement, difficulty at work or at home, and being unable to let go of negative past experiences (such as difficulties at school or during childhood).

Sometimes, people might not know what has caused their low mood or depression – this is especially common if you have had problems for a long time.

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Some of the most common symptoms of depression are:

  • Feeling sad or unhappy
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of motivation, enthusiasm and pleasure
  • Difficulties in concentration
  • Withdrawal from previously enjoyed activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Pessimism, negative thoughts or crying
  • Changes in appetite
  • Loss of sex drive

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms persistently, contact our talking therapies based depression clinic in Newcastle to see if we can help (we also offer online therapy & counselling to those unable to attend our clinic).

What Talking Therapies Work for Depression?

Several effective talking therapies and counselling approaches have been proven to help overcome depression.

These include:

Due to the effectiveness of these therapies, our talking therapies based depression clinic in Newcastle offer each of them as part of a tailored programme to help you overcome your problem with low mood, and stay well for longer.

Mindfulness based approaches, such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, have been proven to help with relapse prevention in depression, and can therefore be offered as part of our therapeutic approach to dealing with low mood.

Contact us for Help with Depression

Depression and low mood are common problems that can occur due to adverse life events, problems with negative thinking and difficulties from day-to-day life.

Our team of psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists in Newcastle offer face to face and online therapy and counselling approaches (including CBT) to help you overcome problems with low mood and depression.

Contact our talking therapies based depression clinic in Newcastle using the form below or calling us on 07966 645 198 today.

Dr Stuart Sadler (Chartered Psychologist)

Best wishes,

Dr Stuart Sadler

Lead Clinical Psychologist

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