Depression affects more than a million Australians every year. Someone dealing with depression finds this common mental illness both exhausting and debilitating. Depression often is made worse by external events, resulting in a deep and desperate sadness which impacts the person’s ability to resolve or even deal with it. Depression is not reserved for a particular age group or gender.
How to Deal with Depression?
The first step to dealing with depression is to identify the illness. In doing this, you give yourself permission to heal. Life Resolutions Doncaster helps you to do this and to feel comfortable in acknowledging to yourself that you may be depressed. Once you have done this, you are moving forward.
The second step is to make sure that you have a functioning support base, usually found in family and sometimes in understanding friends. Connection with others helps to maintain stability during the healing process. If you have a limited support network, we recommend finding a psychologist that you connect with as you work through your depression at Life Resolutions Doncaster.
Many factors can contribute to depression. It is important to look at the family history of depression. Also relevant are any low self-esteem, anxiety and stress. Use of alcohol and other substances can weigh heavily on self-worth and help keep depression going. Factors such as these can affect in different ways how we view the world and the result is usually negative.
Some of the common signs of depression to look out for in yourself or friends are listed below.
Common Signs of Depression:
- Not going out anymore
- Withdrawing from close family and friends
- Not getting things done at school or work.
- Lacking confidence
- Tired all the time
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Sleep problems.
Frequently thinking or saying negative statements like these examples;
- ‘Nothing good ever happens to me’
- ‘People would be better off without me’
- ‘I’m a failure.’
Life Resolutions Doncaster provides depression counselling that takes into account the individual needs you have, including an assessment of the part that any chronic illness or injury may play. You don’t need to get a GP referral to visit a psychologist for depression at the Doncaster clinic – we are open to everyone.
One way to treat depression is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, which is recommended as an effective treatment for depression and has shown optimal results in all age groups: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
Other approaches include other psychological therapies, medical therapies, social support groups, and lifestyle changes. Your treatment method will depend on your individual needs and the psychological assesment at our Doncaster clinic.
At Life Resolutions Doncaster, we focus on managing symptoms, making astute choices and maintaining normal day to day activities. Life Resolutions Doncaster psychologists are highly trained professionals who have many years’ experience and can guide you through the process.
Each individual is unique and important to us, and we will work out your psychological care plan together, respectfully and supportively, to meet your particular needs.
Call us to book an appointment today on 1300 668 256.
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