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Have you ever wondered where the word depression comes from? It comes from the Latin verb deprimere, “to press down” which suggests a pressing down of feelings or even the spirit.

Depression can make us feel hopeless and the feelings of despair which arise from this can immobilise us and even cause physical symptoms of discomfort and pain. Depression leaves us feeling unmotivated, unfulfilled and sometimes even suicidal due to the lack of connection that results from withdrawal in shame and dread.

There is usually no one reason for depression, everyone has their own unique story that is shaped by their past and present experiences that then leads to depression. But the feelings and sensations that emerge from depression, which include overwhelming unhappiness and isolation, are common to all people who suffer from this.

Depression can be clinical or reactive. The former seems to be a chronic state of dysphoria that has accompanied a person ever since they can remember. Reactive depression occurs in reaction to a specific event or time in one’s life when a circumstance has a powerful impact on mood.

In therapy, we explore not only the immediate feelings and thoughts that arise in depression, but over time, we start to locate these states of mind in the context of your life experience. This therapeutic journey in which we meander at your own pace to explore how you have up until now seen yourself in relation to others and how you position yourself in your own life will slowly unfold and reveal those deeper wounded parts that feel crushed and bruised and leave you feeling low and despondent.

Gradually, over time, the low moods shift very subtly as a new space is created in your mind to allow a different way of seeing and experiencing yourself and the world.

While unpleasant and distressing, depression can be seen as an adaptive way for the unconscious mind to press down and make itself felt so that you can awaken to the deeper parts of your self  that need loving attention.

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