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Depression is like a heavy cloud that hangs over your mood, thoughts, and everyday life. It goes beyond feeling sad – it's a persistent darkness that can make everything seem difficult and less enjoyable. Understanding depression is the first step in finding ways to lift that weight.


Common Signs & Symptoms

When you're dealing with depression, everyday tasks can feel like climbing a mountain. Common signs include persistent sadness, loss of interest in things you once loved, changes in sleep patterns, and feeling constantly tired. Recognizing these signs helps you and those around you acknowledge what's going on and seek support.

The 4 'F's

Depression can sometimes trigger the "fight, flight, fawn, or freeze" response too. You might find yourself wanting to avoid everything, withdraw from people, feel overwhelmed by everyone's needs, or just feel stuck. Knowing your response helps you understand how depression affects your daily life and relationships.

Frozen landscape

Common Causes

Depression often has various roots, including genetics, brain chemistry, and life experiences. Major life changes, chronic stress, or a family history of depression can contribute. Understanding what's causing the darkness can guide you toward effective strategies for lifting it.

Common types of depression

Depression isn't a one-size-fits-all condition. Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder (depressive phase) are common types. Each type comes with its own set of challenges, and recognizing which one you're dealing with helps tailor your approach to managing it.

Trauma & Depression

Similar to anxiety, depression can be linked to past traumatic experiences. Trauma, such as abuse or loss, can cast a long shadow on your mental well-being. Acknowledging the connection between trauma and depression is a crucial step in addressing both.

How therapy can help

Integrative therapy offers a comprehensive approach to managing depression, considering the interconnectedness of mind, body, and lifestyle.


Your therapist will use various approaches, tools and techniques to best suit your unique needs; this may include techniques like mindfulness, journaling, exploring your thoughts and behaviours, as well as helping you develop practical coping strategies, improve sleep hygiene, and physical exercise. Depression affects every part of your life, so the solutions need to be holistic.

Working with a therapist, you can explore the root causes of your depression, develop coping mechanisms, and set realistic goals for improvement. 

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