Depression is a condition that affects the physical body, thoughts and most importantly the mind of a person. It can affect the way a person’s views themselves, it can cause low self-esteem, and influences the mood, sleep patterns and eating patterns. Without treatment, symptoms can last for a long time. However, with the right support most people with depression can overcome it.
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Akasha Counselling offers a Low-Cost Counselling Service in Dublin. We offer a reduced rate for people who are on a social welfare payment and for people who are on a low income, proof of income will be required. Cost will be determined once you have a short consultation by phone. All counselling sessions last for a minimum of 50 minutes.
Standard Session €70
Low Income with a Medical Card €40 per session
Social Welfare Recipients €30 per session
Couples Counselling €90 per session
Couples on Low Income with a medical card € 70
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What is depression?
Depression is a serious medical condition that affects your behaviour, your thinking, your emotions and physical health over time. While feeling down only lasts for a short while, depression affects you for at least 2 weeks.
How do I know if I have depression?
Here are some of the symptoms:
Feeling sad or down a lot of the time, even when there’s no reason.
Feelings of despair that you can’t escape.
A lack of feeling or emotion. You don’t feel anything and have lost the ability to feel happy.
Feeling exhausted and lacking energy all the time.
Continuous and long mood swings, when you change from feeling happy to despairing, sorrowful or angry and irritable.
The things that used to give you enjoyment or make you happy leave you feeling numb or uninterested.
Feeling that you don't want to talk to family or friends.
Difficulty concentrating or a losing interest in your work.
Putting on or losing a lot of weight.
Different sleep patterns. You might not be able to fall asleep or you can’t get up in the morning.
Some women suffer from postnatal depression after having a baby.
Feeling guilty for doing something terrible or feeling worthless as a person.
Feeling so bad that you think it would be a relief to die or hurt yourself.
What causes depression?
There are a lot of different causes of depression. These include:
A build-up of stress and anxiety from being bullied, working too hard or family situations.
Alcohol and drug abuse cause depression.
Grief or serious life changes, such as when someone dies, you become sick, lose your job or have an accident.
Depression runs in families and you might inherit the genes that make it more likely to have depression. However, if a family member suffers from depression, it doesn’t mean that you will as well.
Chemical imbalances in the brain can cause depression.
Whatever the reason for depression, remember that it’s never your fault. Depression is a common health problem, just like as high blood pressure, diabetes or a heart condition.
If you think you're suffering from depression, the first thing to do is talk to someone. The most important thing is to deal with the problem. Don’t ignore depression or hope it goes away on its own.