Symptoms of depression include:
A depressive episode is indicated if one experiences five or more or these symptoms over a period of two or more weeks. www.aware.ie
Depression is diagnosed in line with specific criteria typically through a mental health screening with a local G.P. or another qualified mental health professional.
Bi-polar disorders are characterized by marked periods of mania as well as depression.
Manic episodes are diagnosed in accordance with particular criteria through mental health screening with a qualified professional.
The precise cause of depressive disorders is still a matter of scientific research. However, it is thought that genetic, environmental and cognitive factors such as trauma, loss or an unwelcome event may all contribute to the onset of a depressive disorder.
Counselling can help you to allay any fears you may have in relation to depression. It may also be helpful in assisting you to address negative thought patterns, triggers, low self esteem and relationship issues.