The terms low mood and depression are often used interchangeably or grouped together. As someone who helps people with both these things, I see real differences between the two and these two conditions do require different treatment.
Someone with low mood is probably dealing with other issues that are the cause of this problem. Relationship issues or a difficult divorce for example can have significant effects on a person’s mood and be hard to overcome alone. Low confidence, self-motivation or worries about health or weight may be involved. Other times we just feel like we’ve hit a block in the road and need help figuring out what will make us happy and how to move on. Addressing these things usually alleviates a person’s issues and helps them feel happier.
Depression is different. It’s an illness that needs no trigger or cause. It can be confusing to see seemingly successful and outwardly happy people struggling in private with depression. It’s usually a dark, internal struggle, unrelated to the outside world or a person’s circumstances.
Symptoms of Depression
Low mood is one symptom of depression and will be experienced for a long period of time without relief. This may include feelings of sadness, anxiety, worry, low self-esteem, frustration and anger.
What separates the two is that depression has a number of other symptoms that go beyond this. Many of my clients describe it as more of an emptiness, fog or hopelessness rather than sadness. ‘Sadness’ implies a certain feeling of connection and involvement with the world that is often missing when suffering with depression.
Depression is a serious, long-lasting problem that usually only gets worse without treatment. It can also have physical effects like sleep issues, fatigue, severe appetite changes or drug and alcohol abuse.
Sufferers often find it hard to engage with other people or situations they previously enjoyed. Friends and family may try to help by organising a person’s favourite activities but the person may react with neutrality or detachment. They may feel foggy and unable to concentrate on even basic tasks including self-care.
There are certain types of depression that are linked to specific surroundings or events such as seasonal affective disorder (triggered by the cold and dark Winter months) or postnatal depression (after the birth of a baby).
Help For Depression and Low Mood
With low mood or depression there’s no need to struggle alone if you’re finding it difficult to cope. I have helped many clients with both of these issues using coaching and advanced hypnotherapy.
For low mood I help clients discover and address the causes, bring a new positivity and sense of well-being. We work together to take practical steps to improve their life.
My support for depression is natural and safe and can be used alongside or in place of drug treatments. I help clients regain control over their lives and understand what they are experiencing. With improved motivation, coping techniques and support the struggle quickly starts to feel less hopeless.
If you or someone you know would benefit from natural treatment for depression or low mood please do get in touch for a free no-obligation consultation.