Depression is experienced by a high number of people at least once in their lives. We live stressful and busy lives, and when major events occur that add to the burden, we begin feeling miserable and down.

What is Depression ?

Depression is experienced by a high number of people at least once in their lives. We live stressful and busy lives, and when major events occur that add to the burden, we begin feeling miserable and down. Feeling down or low can be a normal response to events such as a relationship break up, losing a job, or having someone we are close to die. This may however, last a short while before we return to our usual selves. When those feelings become too intense or too prevalent and persistent then this could be depression.

Depression can make it difficult for a person to accept love and comfort from others, which is sometimes based on their belief that they do not deserve it or that the affection is not genuine. Similarly, the irritability and hopelessness experienced by the partner who is depressed may make expressions of love nearly impossible. Depression can also interfere with communication and relationships with family and friends. Some people may become more distant during depression, while others appear more needy or dependent on their family, or partners in particular.

The intimate partners, and families who share their lives with loved ones that are experiencing depression, may benefit from counseling or family therapy themselves. It can help them learn how to best support the person with depression and themselves.

Symptoms of Depression

It includes constantly feeling down or hopeless, and also having little interest in the things you used to enjoy. You may become irritable or angry frequently, feel tired and lethargic a lot of the time, and generally feel out of everything. Some people sleep too much, others find it difficult to sleep. Usually there is a feeling of loneliness in the way you feel everything. You may feel disconnected from others, and sometimes feel sort of empty , while also experiencing feelings of low self-esteem. Your concentration might be weak. Weight loss & gain might occur, and one’s sex drive may be affected. Some people may have a lot of suicide related thoughts.

Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, so feeling both at the same time is considered normal. It is hard not to panic when we are feeling so low. Anxiety can be quite strong, with heart palpitations, feelings of nausea, often with pain in the chest or stomach cramps. These feelings may be fleeting or present most of the time.

Types of Depression

1. Major depression
Major depression involves low mood and/or loss of interest and pleasure in usual activities; everyday, for a period of 2 weeks at least.

2. Dysthymic disorder
The symptoms of dysthymia are similar to major depression but are less severe. However, in the case of dysthymia, symptoms last longer.

3. Melancholia
This is the term used to describe a severe form of depression where many of the physical symptoms of depression are present. One of the major changes is that the person can be observed to move more slowly.

4. Psychotic depression
Sometimes people with a depressive condition can lose touch with reality and experience psychosis. This can involve hallucinations or delusions such as believing they are bad or evil, or that they are being watched or followed.

5. Cyclothymic disorder
Cyclothymic disorder is often described as a milder form of bipolar disorder. The person experiences chronic fluctuating moods over at least two years, involving periods of hypomania and periods of depressive symptoms, with very short periods of normality between.

6. Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, earlier known as 'manic depression', is when a person experiences periods of depression and periods of mania, with periods of normal mood in between.

7. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
SAD is a mood disorder that has a seasonal pattern. The cause of the disorder is unclear; however it is thought to be related to the variation in light exposure in different seasons throughout the year.

Treatment for Depression

Counseling or talking therapy has been proven effective in treating depression and anxiety. Talking with a therapist or counselor helps to understand what is going on, and to develop some strategies to enable you to cope and work towards feeling better. Sometimes medication may be required in addition to counseling or therapy. This may also be suggested later by your therapist or counselor, as it is often useful to begin therapy and then consider medication at a later stage.

Counsellors for Depression

Bela Taparia
  • Ms. Bela Taparia

  • Cert. in Counselling
  • Mumbai
  • I am here to help the ones who need to express their feelings that are disturbing them and hampering their normal functioning and empower them to think rationally positively

    Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorder, Stress, Anger Issues

Prachi Bandekar Singh
  • Mrs. Prachi Bandekar Singh

  • REBT
  • Mumbai
  • Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Mood Disorder

Prashakha Solanki
  • Ms. Prashakha Solanki

  • Certified Counsellor
  • Kolkata
  • Mental health matters. People matter. YOU matter. Don't fight your battle alone. REACH OUT!

    Anxiety, Depression, Child Psychology, Relationship Issues, OCD/OCPD, Stress, Anger Issues, Panic Attacks

Smita Akale
  • Dr. Smita Akale

  • Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Mumbai
  • We all have the natural ability to overcome adversity. My goal is to empower you in finding your own strengths & developing additional tools that allow you to experience fulfillment in your life.

    Anxiety, ADHD/ADD, Depression, Child Psychology, Relationship Issues, Stress, Grief/Loss, Anger Issues

Farhat Gupta
  • Mrs. Farhat Gupta

  • REBT Certified Counsellor
  • Mumbai
  • Life Coach REBT Psychotherapist & NLP Practitioner. A spiritual person at heart I works on a 3 dimensional model of MIND, BODY and SPIRIT while dealing with any case.

    Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Stress, General, Organisational

Anu Ramesh
  • Mrs. Anu Ramesh

  • Counseling
  • Mumbai
  • When you feel like no one understands you, I can hear your voice

    Anxiety, Depression, Child Psychology, Relationship Issues, Maternal/Postpartum, Grief/Loss, General

Jumana Rajkotwala
  • Ms. Jumana Rajkotwala

  • Personal Counselling
  • Mumbai
  • I have been professionally trained in Counselling and offer my assistance to all who wish or need to address any psychological, emotional or behavioural disturbance to help them live

    Anxiety, Depression, Child Psychology, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Stress, Anger Issues, General

Bansari Bhagaat
  • Mrs. Bansari Bhagaat

  • Counselling
  • Mumbai
  • Depression, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorder, Stress, Anger Issues, General

Shraboni Bhattacharya DSouza
  • Ms. Shraboni Bhattacharya D'Souza

  • REBT Certified Counsellor
  • Mumbai
  • Psychotherapist and Counsellor, certified in REBT & CBT models, I have worked extensively with children & adults in resolving various psychological & emotional issues.

    Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Mood Disorder, Stress, Anger Issues, Organisational

Moushumi Gupte
  • Mrs. Moushumi Gupte

  • Counselling
  • Mumbai
  • Hello.. Being an experienced and trained counselor,I wish to help you explore the feelings and emotions that seem difficult/stressful for you & also enable you to cope up with challenges in your everyday life

    Anxiety, Depression, Child Psychology, Stress, Anger Issues, General, Organisational

Trupti Rankhamb
  • Mrs. Trupti Rankhamb

  • B.Arch, Analyst, Counsellor
  • Mumbai
  • A life coach, with extensive experience in helping people nurture and develop healthy relationship. She guides you to develop your Thinking/Learning Style & Decision Making abilities using DMIA & REBT

    Anxiety, Depression, Child Psychology, Relationship Issues, Stress, Anger Issues, General

Neeta Ramakrishnan
  • Mrs. Neeta Ramakrishnan

  • Counseling
  • Mumbai
  • Through counselling, I would like to help people to create right attitude, right approach and method for self awareness and problem solving skills

    Depression, Relationship Issues, Anger Issues, Organisational

Shreni Majethia
  • Ms. Shreni Majethia

  • REBT Certified Counsellor
  • Mumbai
  • Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Grief/Loss, Anger Issues, General, Organisational

Arti Anand
  • Dr. Arti Anand

  • Consultant Psychologist
  • Delhi
  • I am a practising psychologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. I believe in creating a relationship with the client to help him not only solve his issue but to maximise his potential.

    Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorder, Stress, General

Prajakta Deshpande
  • Dr. Prajakta Deshpande

  • Trained in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
  • Pune
  • I am a homeopathy doctor and I have done Bach's flower therapy.In addition I have attained extensive training in psychometric testing from Dr AnandNadkarni's Institute of Psychological Health Thane.

    Anxiety, ADHD/ADD, Depression, Anger Issues, Organisational

Dipti Joshi
  • Dr. Dipti Joshi

  • Psychologist
  • Surat
  • I conduct group therapy sessions as well as couple and individual sessions. I also conduct psychological testing using standardised IQ tests as well as Personality tests like WISC,VSMS,DST,CARS,TAT,HTP,BG etc

    Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorder, Stress, General, Career Counseling, Organisational

Parul Khona
  • Ms. Parul Khona

  • Counsellor & Psychotherapist
  • Pune
  • I am passionate about what I do. As a counsellor I not only provide guidance but also a way to improve your well-being.

    Depression, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Stress, Anger Issues, General, Organisational

Neha Yeole
  • Ms. Neha Yeole

  • Counseling
  • Pune
  • My specialty is helping you to identify the underlying issue and to reach out to your inner resources to help you resolve any problem that you face

    Depression, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Grief/Loss, Anger Issues, General, Organisational, Schizophrenia

Anubha Verma
  • Ms. Anubha Verma

  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Delhi
  • I hold a Certificate of Master Trainer in LIFE-SKILLS by The ministry of HRD, Govt of India.I have been working for 19 years in the field of Guidance and Counselling

    Depression, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Mood Disorder, Stress, Career Counseling, Organisational

Natasha DCruz
  • Dr. Natasha D'Cruz

  • Consultant Psychologist
  • Pune
  • I am also trained in Creative Dance Therapy ,have a certificate in training from The Christian Counselling Centre, Vellore.I am a psychologist, dancer, singer, teacher, researcher , the tags are many but they don't confine me.

    Depression, Stress, Anger Issues, General, Career Counseling, Organisational

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