When it comes to understanding depression, many people associate it with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy.
However, depression doesn’t always manifest the same way in everyone – other emotions that can often go hand-in-hand with depression are irritability, frustration and anger.
Understanding this close connection between depression and irritability is crucial for both individuals experiencing depression and those who support them.
Irritability: A Sign of Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder, which affects the regulation of emotions. It is often characterised by feelings of hopelessness and feelings of sadness, as well as a loss of interest in many things in life.
This typical connection between overwhelming sadness and depression, is what leads to the misconception that irritability isn’t a sign of depression.
However, the hostility that many people struggling with depression feel inside, can easily be demonstrated externally as well – resulting in a combination of irritability and depression.
Why Depression Can Lead to Irritability
Depression is characterised by persistent negative thoughts and feelings of worthlessness. These thoughts can contribute to irritability as individuals become frustrated with their own minds and inability to “snap out of it.”
Dealing with the daily challenges of depression can also be exhausting. Sleep disturbances, fatigue, and a constant sense of sadness take a toll on the body and mind, making individuals more susceptible to irritability.
Depression can also heighten emotional sensitivity, making individuals more prone to react strongly to stressors, no matter how small, manifesting as irritability.
Depression Counselling Newcastle
At Newcastle Psychologist, our team of experienced therapists and counsellors understand the complex relationship between depression and irritability.
Our depression counselling services in Newcastle are designed to help individuals regain control over their emotions and find effective strategies to manage irritability.
Within a safe and supportive environment, individuals can explore the root causes of their depression and develop coping mechanisms to address irritability.
Through evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), we can help you to overcome symptoms of depression and improve your overall mental well-being.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and irritability, reach out for help today by filling in the box below, or calling 07966645198 to speak to a member of our team.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist
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