CBT deals with several mental health issues.
Please select one of the topic below to read more
Depression is a ‘Mood Disorder’ – where your moods are regularly lower than usual (out of order).
- Persistent Low Mood/Sadness.
- Lack of interest in/pleasure from activities that were previously enjoyable.
Other typical features can include:
- Lack of energy/fatigue
- Poor sleep (more or less)
- Poor appetite
- Withdrawal from others/social settings
- RUMINATION*!! KEY FEATURE!
- Often hidden ‘The Mask’
TYPICAL NEGATIVE THINKING (“COGNITIVE TRIAD” OF DEPRESSION):
- Myself “I’m Useless” (Self-Critical)
- The World “It’s all awful”
- The Future “It’s hopeless…”
Depression can be thought of as a reflection of how we live – if we feel negatively about ourselves, think self-critical thoughts, and struggle with activity and/or socialising, our moods are bound to reflect this. These are often coupled with trying to hide all these feelings, often based on assumptions like
- “I’m the only one who feels like this, what’s wrong with me for feeling like this?”
- “No-one understands what this is like…”
- “This is/I am never going to get better…”
Great short information sheet on how to start to tackle your low mood –
*Rumination is the endless mulling/picking over past events – “post-morteming”, questioning past actions, with no outcome, other than ‘re-living’ negative situations, which only serves to lower mood further. Advice on tackling rumination in the link below –
If you think your moods are persistently low, it’s really important to get help. Talk to someone you trust, book to see a counsellor or therapist, or go to your GP for advice. DON’T just wait for it to ‘blow over’, or think you’re alone in this. You’re not, and there’s LOTS of help out there.
If you’re reading this and you’re feeling really bad, maybe struggling with ideas of harming yourself – please ring Pieta House 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444. Talk to the Samaritans on freephone 116 123 or text 087 2 60 90 90. Whoever you tell, PLEASE tell someone.