1 in 4 people in Britain are affected by a mental health problem which may affect the way a person may think, feel and behave, according to the mental health charity Mind. The term ‘mental health’ is used to describe a range of conditions with the most common being anxiety and depression.

According to the World Health Organisation 615 million people worldwide suffer from anxiety or depression. Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease; it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or nervous.

If you have depression, you will experience a low mood for a long period of time. Unlike the occasional bout of feeling sad, it will affect your daily life and make it hard for you to find enjoyment in day-to-day activities.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression and anxiety and can help you manage problems by enabling you to recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. CBT combines a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (the things you do). It aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts, making them easier to manage.

At Heswall Hills Counselling Centre we have nine therapists all trained in CBT who understand how difficult it can be to live with depression and anxiety. If you would like support and help in managing your mental health problem please get in touch.