Depressive Symptoms

Symptoms of Depression

A survey by the Depression Alliance charity, published alongside the recent report April 2014 , found that one in three people across the UK struggles to cope at work because of “depression, stress or burn-out”. The charity’s chief executive, Emer O’Neill, said depression was the “biggest mental health challenge among working-age people” and could lead to loneliness and isolation at work.
The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely between people. People may feel sad, hopeless and lose interest in things they used to enjoy doing. Often the lesser known parts of depression are the cognitive symptoms eg. concentration difficulties and indecisiveness.

Psychological symptoms can include:

  • Continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Feeling anxious or worried

Physical symptoms of depression can include:

  • Moving or speaking more slowly than usual
  • Change in appetite and/or weight
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Lack of energy
  • Disturbed sleep

Social symptoms of depression include:

  • Performance at work changes
  • Taking part in fewer social activities
  • Avoiding interaction with friends
  • having difficulties in your home and family life

In summary, the approach I use is a combination of cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy and mindfulness.

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.

– Swami Sivananda