Counselling for depression

The word depressed is a common everyday word. People might say “I’m depressed” when in fact they mean “I’m fed up because I’ve had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job”, etc. The term depression is very ambiguous and is usually associated with negative connotations although with the rise of celebrities admitting to feeling depressed there is less stigma with mental health issues. Depression is in fact very serious to those suffering from it, especially in its severest form, clinical depression, we have covered this in our blog.

The two major treatments used are antidepressant medicines or psychological (talking) treatments. At Hertford Counselling Service we draw on different theories to provide a way for our clients to talk about their experiences and empowering them to find a way to move on. Depression is misunderstood and for many who suffer from it the stigmatisation of ‘being weak’ can lead to not talking to others or getting treatment.

The following form is used by professionals to assess whether an individual may be suffering from depression and may also be a helpful resource for you:

PHQ-9 Assessment Form for Depression

Take a look at this video by the World Health Organisation explaining what it is like to live with depression.