Sidcup and South East Counselling

Counselling and Therapy in South East London & Kent

Joanna Strong MBACP, MBPsS, MSc Psych, BA Hons Counselling

EMDR, Trauma Informed, CBT, Psychodynamic, Person-centred.

Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Stress is well known to be a trigger for depression. While we all need some stress in our lives to keep us motivated, too much can be mentally, and physically damaging.


Different people react in different ways to stress. For some, it results in loss of control, anger and defensiveness and anxiety. For others, a slippery slope of depression looms, adding to our original stress and deepening the problem.


Counselling has been shown to be highly effective at dealing with these symptoms. Indeed, counselling is the preferred treatment, and has shown to be more effective, in the short and long term, than pharmacological interventions such as anti-depressants.

Symptoms of Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Symptoms of Stress, Anxiety and Depression can include:

  • Irritability
  • Over sensitivity to criticism
  • Sleeplessness and poor sleep patterns
  • Over drinking and smoking
  • Indigestion, loss of appetite and related symptoms
  • Loss of concentration
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling faint

Depression (including Postnatal Depression)

Depression is deeper and lasts longer than the normal short periods of unhappiness that we have all experienced periodically. It affects 20% of people at some time in their lives, making it much more common than we realize.


The reasons for depression may not be obvious. It may seem obvious - a failed relationship, bereavement or even the birth of a child - but often the reasons for a depression is just not that clear. And depression can creep up without us really noticing.


Thankfully, help is at hand. Counselling is a powerful way of exploring what's going on.

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of Depression can include:

Angry and aggressive behaviour

Harsh self-criticism

Thoughts going round and round

Unable to get out of bed and carry out usual activities

Conflict at work or with family

Lack of understanding and support from others

Feeling low at times of assumed happiness (e.g. after the birth of a baby)

Unable to sleep

Withdrawal

Not understanding feelings

Fear of taking medication or relying on them alone


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