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When a person feels down or sad, these feelings usually pass relatively quickly. However depression is when these feelings go on for at least a few weeks, affecting all parts of the person's life. It is estimated that around one in ten people in Ireland will have depression at some stage in their life.

For further information on Depression see this link (Article in www.irishhealth.com)

Tony Bates, one of Ireland 's best-known psychologists, has had to cope with his own depression. His poignant story is told in an article in The Irish Times which was published in January 2012. I believe that this article illustrates clearly the effects of depression from a man's perspective. You can read the article at this link.

As a counsellor I meet many people who suffer from depression. When working with a person who is suffering in this way I work in a holistic way and appreciate that counselling is an important component of a multifaceted approach which combines lifestyle changes, alterations to diet, medication and strategies which use mindfulness.

Books I find useful are;

"Coming through Depression" by Tony Bates which is published by Gill Macmillan.

"The Mindful Way through Depression" by Mark Williams et al, published by The Guilford Press

"Flagging Depression (A Practical Guide)" by Dr. Harry Barry, published by Liberties Press

Support Groups

There is help out there for anybody suferring from Depression. I have given the links to just a few of these many others are also available.

Aware Supports those who are directly affected by depression. Aware operates a helpline which is a form of non-directive counselling, available to sufferers and their families. Aware Support Groups operate throughout the country providing information to both patients and their families

Grow is a mental health organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. GROW mental health groups and support services are anonymous, confidential and open to all.

Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.