Depression – the clinical name for unhappiness – can be described as an individual’s negative emotional response to a particular set of circumstances. Depression affects different people in different ways. Common symptoms include: apathy, listlessness, loss of motivation, despair, pessimism, suicidal thoughts, sleeping problems, loss of appetite, or diminished sexual functioning.
When we experience depression sometimes we know the cause. In relation to this cause depression counselling examines the thoughts and behaviours accompanying the depressive feelings. However, sometimes the cause remains hidden. Psychodynamic counselling for depression explores these hidden, underlying causes. Sometimes other feelings are hidden beyond the depression. By exploring these other narratives or feelings, we allow for them to be worked through. Reflecting in such a way tackles the root cause of the depression.