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Depression

Feeling sad, down-hearted, or ‘blue’ is a very normal human experience and this is not what is referred to when we talk about depression. Sadness usually only lasts a short time and it is easy to identify the trigger. Depression, on the other hand, refers to an overwhelming sense that things will never improve, and it may be difficult to link it to one event. We are often able to cope with sadness by having a ‘good cry’ or talking to a friend, but depression feels like it’s never going to lift and can affect our social lives, our well-being, our jobs, and our relationships.

Symptoms of Depression

  • An unusually sad mood that lasts longer than 2 weeks
  • Loss on interest in activities
  • Increased lethargy and tiredness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Change in eating pattern
  • Isolation or withdrawal

Depression will usually affect emotions, thinking, behaviour and physical wellbeing. For example, you may experience:

Emotions

  • Anxiety
  • Guilt, anger
  • mood swings
  • numbing
  • helplessness
  • hopelessness

Thoughts

  • self-criticism
  • pessimistic thoughts
  • self-blame
  • indecisiveness
  • worry
  • rumination

Behaviour

  • difficulty controlling crying
  • withdrawing from others
  • loss of interest in personal appearance
  • loss of motivation

Physical

  • fatigue
  • loss of sexual desire
  • unexplained aches and pains
  • increased headaches
  • constipation

How Counselling can Help

Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek counselling. A psychologist can help you understand the symptoms of depression, while providing you with practical strategies to help you overcome the impact it is having on your life. With the aid of a psychologist you will learn which strategies are most effective, for you, in the treatment of your symptoms. They will help you increase the activities that make you feel better about yourself, while decreasing behaviours that reinforce the cycle of depression.

If you feel like you may be suffering from the symptoms of depression it is important to seek help as early as possible. You can do this by making an appointment with your GP or giving us a call to discuss how we can help.

Call us for more information about how we can help or to book an appointment.

Where is Our Depression Service Located?

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To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256