1 in 5 of us will suffer from depression at some point.  It’s not a choice, nor is it a sign of weakness. Many people adopt shorter-term solutions to low mood, such as ‘putting on a brave face and carrying on’. Acknowledging the problem and asking for help can be really difficult at the best of times, yet it is important to talk to somebody you trust, and seek professional support when feeling this way. Doing so is a big step towards overcoming feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness; to gaining a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

There is good evidence to show that psychological therapy can be helpful to clients experiencing low mood. In therapy, we would look at the unhelpful cycles of thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, that may be maintaining the problem.

We would discuss your current activity levels, and how these can be enhanced to experience an increased sense of achievement, connection to others, or enjoyment. We could then discuss any thought processes or beliefs that may be keeping the problem going, and how you could manage these differently moving forwards.