Depression is a common condition which can affect people at any stage of life. It may be precipitated by an acute event or traumatic episodes, however there are times when the onset may be insidious and apparently unrelated to a person’s immediate circumstances or experience.

Symptoms of depression can include persistent low mood, tearfulness, a sense of helplessness or hopelessness, poor sleep and appetite and a loss of interest in activities which a person usually finds pleasurable. Physical symptoms such as tiredness may occur as well as feelings of guilt, low self esteem, guilt and even thoughts of self harm. Concentration may be poor and decision making can become difficult. Libido may be affected and relationships at home and work may be affected by such a prolonged state of low mood.

Depression may be mild and almost imperceptible or more severe, occasionally leading to attempts of suicide.

There are several ways in which depression can be treated including therapies such as CBT, psychotherapy and drug treatments. Techniques such as NLP and the Lightning Process also can be used to help understand and overcome habitual negative thought patterns established in depression.