"It is impossible for a man to be made happy by putting him in a happy place, unless he be first in a happy state"

Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683)

Unhappiness & Depression

According to the NHS, depression is a relatively common illness which affects, at some point, about 1 in 10 of the population.

Depression is sometimes confused with unhappiness, which is understandable, as in some cases the symptoms can be very similar. These cases are sometimes referred to as ‘low mood’ depression.

Like any form of illness, symptoms of depression can vary from mild to severe and could last weeks or months. We strongly recommend that you visit your GP if you think or know that you are suffering from depression as in some cases medication may also be prescribed.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in things that you once enjoyed
  • Unhappiness
  • Tearfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping badly
  • Loss of sex drive

It is important to acknowledge and address the symptoms of depression. If the depression becomes severe, it could make you feel suicidal.

Depression is not always something that you can just ‘snap out’ of.

Low mood depression

Low mood may occur for a number of reasons and the cause may not be that obvious, ranging from your thoughts, or the way you communicate, to the way you perceive yourself (belief system). Any of these can manifest into depression.

Lifestyle choices can also have an effect on depression; a good balanced diet and regular exercise can also help.


Sadness is best described as a reaction to a single event, for example a bereavement. This is something that we cannot control and therefore we need to try and manage or accept.

How we can help

On the Mind Management Workshops We will look at ways to analyse and evaluate the causes of unhappiness / depression / sadness and asses if we can implement changes to resolve these issues. If this is not possible we will look at ways to manage or accept them.

The above will be covered in detail when we cover the Thoughts and Beliefs on the workshop.

As with all the topics covered on the workshop, there’ll be plenty of opportunity for questions.

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