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feelings of depression


Feelings of depression are often associated with the culture shock that arises when you move abroad. Therapy can provide you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to explore how you are feeling and work on strategies to help you feel better.

In a survey on mental health issues faced by expatriates, feelings of depression turned out to be most common concern. Depression can have many different causes, both internal and external, and can manifest itself in many different ways. However, no matter the reasons or symptoms, a trained professional can help.

What to Expect 

Therapy will help you identify issues that are causing you unhappiness in your life. While a few sessions with a therapist might not make your depression go away, you can work on new habits and mindsets that will assist you in coping with uncomfortable feelings and reducing feelings of depression.

You don’t need to do it all on your own, the first step is reaching out for help.


Signs you may be experiencing depression

Psychological symptoms

Continuous low mood or sadness

Feeling hopeless and helpless

Low self-esteem 

Feeling tearful

Feeling guilty

Feeling irritable and intolerant of others 

Having no motivation or interest in things

Difficulty making decisions

Not getting any pleasure out of life

Feeling anxious or worried 

Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself

Physical symptoms

Moving or speaking more slowly than usual 

Changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased) 


Unexplained aches and pains

Low energy

Low sex drive 

Sleep disturbance – for example, finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning

Social symptoms

Avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities

Neglecting hobbies and interests

Having difficulties in your home, work or family life

Severity of depression

Depression can often come on gradually, so it can be difficult to notice something is wrong. Many people try to cope with their symptoms without realising they’re unwell. It can sometimes take a friend or family member to suggest something is wrong.

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