What can Depression feel like?

 

Stephen Fry has experienced mental health problems, including two suicide attempts, for most of his life. At the age of 37 he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and sadly, like many other mental health problems, is still shrouded in prejudice and stigma.

 

In this short clip Stephen Fry describes what it can feel like when you are depressed.

 

 

‘If you know someone who is depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather…..It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.’

Stephen Fry

 

 

Useful Contacts

 

Asking for support is not always easy. In fact sometimes it can feel daunting and even overwhelming for some. There are services out there which are available to everyone however. Below is a list of contact numbers and websites that you may find useful.

 

 

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Talking really does help.

 

 

Mind – 020 8519 2122

email: contact@mind.org.uk website: www.mind.org.uk

Childline – 0800 1111

Samaritans – 0845 7909 090

Debt Advice Trust – 0800 988 7554

Drink line – 0800 – 917 8282

The National Drugs Helpline – 0800 776 600

Alcoholics Anonymous – 0845 769 7555

Overeaters Anonymous – 0700 0784 985

Narcotics Anonymous – 0845 375 3366

Cocaine Anonymous – 0800 612 0225

Al-anon – 0207 4030 888

CITA – Council for Information on Tranquilisers and Anti-Depressants – 0151 – 9320 102

Citizens advice – www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Asian Family Counselling Services – www.asianfamilycounselling.org.uk

RASCASC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre) – 0845 1221 331

 

 

Confused about therapy?

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When deciding on a therapist there is a lot to take into account, or at least it can feel that way. Like most things these days there is a lot of variety out there and sometimes it can be confusing and hard to know where to begin.

 

What do you look for?

What is important?

 

Qualifications, training and experience are all important factors and there are simple things you can look for, such as;

BACP membership – or membership of another professional body (including UKCP/UKATA among others)

Comprehensive Training with a recognised organisation

Professional Insurance

 

Beyond that though, how do you know what and who is right for you? A while back I made a video to better introduce myself for anyone who was curious about entering into therapy or counselling with me.

 

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If you have any questions after watching this and are still unsure please feel free to contact me to ask.

 

Katy

 

The Doodle Chronicles

 

Mental Illness can be tough, even impossible, for some to talk about. It can also be challenging to understand if you have never experienced it yourself and, a lot of the time, even those close to us can struggle to grasp what is going on, no matter how hard we try and explain. This can lead to frustration and stigma.

 

***Win a Signed Doodle***</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>The doodles have all been prepared for printing tomorrow for Kickstarter rewards &amp; I now have supplies ready to start the hand-drawn rewards, too! As a thank you for your wonderful support, I have decided to run a competition across Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr! If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a print of &#8216;Behind a Smile&#8217;, simply reblog this by midday Friday (GMT).</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>For extra entries, retweet on Twitter and share on Facebook as well! All names will be put into a hat with a winner picked at random.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>Love, Molly xx

 

The Doodle Chronicles is a collection of doodles representative of one girl’s journey to understanding her own struggles with severe clinical depression and generalised  anxiety disorder.

Molly says that ‘these doodles started off simply as a way for me to understand and process my feelings during my darkest times. I decided to share the images with family and friends; the response was, surprisingly, wonderful and I was inspired to share this further, with the hopes that this might help even just one person.’

 

You can see Molly’s wonderful doodles (including the two above) on;

Tumblr

Twitter

and Facebook

and learn more about her campaign/help back her project on Kickstarter

 

You can also read about Molly and her work in The Guardian’s article ‘Drawing Through Depression’

 

It’s important we keep talking about mental health and supporting the wonderful people like Molly who make it that little bit easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Mental Health


 

Why Mental Health Matters

 

According to recent statistics from The Mental Health Foundation about a quarter of the population will experience a mental health problem of some description in the course of a year, with anxiety and depression being the most prevalent in Britain.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue you may find these TED talks helpful. These powerful stories shatter preconceived notions about mental illness, and pose the provocative question: What can the world learn from different kinds of minds?

 

Watch the videos

 

If you wish to speak about a mental health issue you or a loved one may be experiencing please feel free to get in touch.
katycounsellingherts@outlook.com
07950 345363

 

 

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Transactional Analysis and Depression

 

Transactional Analysis is a style of Psychotherapy. When looking at the treatment of depression, therapy is a useful and invaluable tool and can have a powerful and lasting impact.

 

Below is a short video from Mark Widdowson, who has conducted research on the effectiveness of Transactional Analysis in treating depression.

 

katycounsellingherts@outlook.com