Blog: Articles on Psychological Wellbeing, Relationships, Brain Health, Counselling and Neurofeedback

Welcome to the blog of Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback. Articles posted here are written by our clinical staff and relate to services we offer or conditions we address. We hope they will be helpful to you in some way, whether you're considering counselling for yourself or someone else, gathering information on a mental health related issue, or just want to find out more about who we are and what we do.

Why Can’t I Get Out of Bed?

Why Can't I Get Out of Bed?

Depression is an unfortunately common mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities that one used to enjoy. One of the most common symptoms of depression is a lack of energy and motivation, making it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

How Does One Get Depressed?
There are many factors that can contribute to depression, including genetic predisposition, life events, and changes in brain chemistry. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to depression, meaning that it runs in their family. Life events, such as the loss of a loved one or a significant change in circumstances, can also trigger depression. Additionally, changes in brain chemistry can also lead to depression, particularly in the levels of certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. Experience of traumatic events that formulate negative beliefs about either yourself or the world can provide fertile ground for depression to germinate. Counselling can be helpful in identifying these limiting beliefs and shifting them to a more self-affirming perspective (Kimbel, et al, 2018).

Where Do I Get Help For Depression?
It's important to understand that depression is a real illness, not a weakness or a choice. It is not something that one can simply "snap out of." It requires professional help and support. It is important to see a mental health professional if you are experiencing symptoms of depression. Therapists can help to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs, whether that may be a behavioural activation plan, or just a safe space to process the pain life offers (Soucy Chartier & Provencher, 2013).

What Does Treatment for Depression Look Like?
Treatment for depression often includes a combination of therapy and medication. Talking to a therapist can help to identify the underlying causes of your depression and develop coping strategies to manage symptoms. Medications, such as antidepressants, can help to regulate brain chemistry and improve mood. Neurofeedback is an effective alternative treatment to traditional talk therapy or medication, and is offered at Sojourn as well.

It's important to understand that recovery from depression takes time and effort. It's not a quick fix. It's important to be patient with yourself and to remember that fluctuations in mood and energy levels are a normal part of the recovery process.

Depression is an all too common and serious mental health condition that affects millions of people. It's important to understand that it is not a weakness or a choice, it's an illness that requires professional help. With the right treatment and support, it is possible to manage symptoms and improve your overall well-being. If you're experiencing symptoms of depression, our team of therapists are here to help. Schedule an appointment today.

Andrew Phillipps is a Registered Clinical Counsellor seeing clients at Sojourn Counselling and Neurofeedback in Surrey


Kimble, M., Sripad, A., Fowler, R., Sobolewski, S., & Fleming, K. (2018). Negative world views after trauma: Neurophysiological evidence for negative expectancies. Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy, 10(5), 576–584.

Soucy Chartier, I., & Provencher, M. D. (2013). Behavioural activation for depression: efficacy, effectiveness and dissemination. Journal of affective disorders, 145(3), 292–299.



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