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  • Sally Jarvis, Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Depression and therapy

Therapy is a proven method of tackling this state. When you are in a depressed state you experience a myriad of symptoms – sadness and tears, anxiety, worthlessness, poor sleep, increase or loss of appetite and unexplained aches and pains. Your perspective on life and all you do changes over a period of time and can lead to hideous isolation and despair. Feelings of being completely rejected and alone. Sometimes a combined treatment of medication and therapy is extremely effective. Medication isn’t always necessary but a therapist or counsellor might suggest a visit to the GP if therapy alone isn’t sufficient.

Part of the depression syndrome is acute anxiety.

Panic attacks are common, although not actually harmful, can be very scary. Overwhelming fear can be effectively treated with counseling and psychotherapy – just the very fact that the problems are ‘out there’ and not internalised makes a big difference. Unpicking the problem and the evidence that supports the fears brings huge peace of mind to the client. The old saying of why suffer alone when there is help is never truer than in the therapy room.

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