Trevor tells us about his experience of depression and how a talking therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helped him to overcome it.
Trevor: Looking back, I’d been feeling down for a long time, but I just didn’t realise it then. It was when my neighbours said that they hadn’t seen me out and about for ages, and had been worried, that I realised I hadn’t really been going out at all to the local or doing the garden, even the walking the dog became a real effort. I guess my depression had been gradually building and stopping me from doing things. The more I thought about doing these things, the worse I felt. I didn’t know where to start or what to do to feel better. I had no enjoyment or interest in doing things, or seeing people, and I was really tired, but I find it really hard to get to sleep. I thought it was probably inevitable at my age, I didn’t realise it was actually my mood.
I had to see my GP regularly, as I have heart problems and he noticed, and asked me some questions about how I was feeling, and talked to me about it. He referred me here for the cognitive behavioural therapy. It took a bit of time and practice, but it was so helpful.