Depression Counselling

In life each person can feel sad, lonely, empty, down, or temperamental at times. However, depression is when these feelings are present for long periods of time. (eg: weeks, months or years).

Depression affects a person (senior, middle aged, young adult, teenager, or a child) daily and throughout the day, where someone can feel any mixture of the above emotions, and is unmotivated to do anything. This includes the fun things the person may have enjoyed at some point. Some of the signs of depression can appear as changes in sleep or diet, energy levels maybe very low, an increase in worried thoughts or negative thinking.

There is no one cause for a person to experience depression again it is a number of variables that may have occurred in the recent past or over time.

There are two types of depression
  1. Depression can be tiggered by stressful events, such as, relationship breakdown, job loss, grief and loss of a loved one, personal health issues, family issues, the inability to make positive changes for oneself, etc.
  2. Depression can be a disposition in your family genetics. Combining your genetic pool, life experience and patterns of thinking with high levels of stressful reoccurring situations can bring about depression
When an individual identifies with any of the above it is important to seek mental health support with a trained professional.
As with anxiety, affect treatment suggestions are as follow:
  • Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT)
  • Behavioural Activation
  • Problem-Solving Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)

According to the World Health Organisations (WHO), depression is the second greatest reason for disability in the world, but only as little as 10% of the people suffering receive effective treatment. If you are suffering from depression, the signs and symptoms include feeling sad or weeks, feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, nausea, sleep changes, inability to concentrate, irritability, fatigue, or thoughts of suicide. While we all feed sad from time to time, depression differs from normal melancholy due to its persistence of lasting over two weeks, and potentially up to years. If you suspect that you or someone close to you is suffering from depression, it is a good idea to visit your local therapist to discuss options.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression symptoms can be subtle, and many individuals fail to identify that they may need professional help. The benefit of going to a counsellor can help process life events, emotions, and feelings in a safe and comfortable space.

What Causes depression?

While life events may serve as a catalyst for depression, there are several factors which increase the probability of having depression. Some studies have shown that continuing difficulties, such as prolonged stress, long term unemployment, loneliness, or sickness can also bring about depression.

Brain Chemistry and Depression

It is often said that depression is the result of chemical imbalances in the brain, however that only touches upon the complexity of the situation. The brain can play a role in faulty mood regulation, and the billions of chemical reactions that make up the brain processing power to control moods, perceptions, and life experience. Nerve cell connections, nerve cell growth, and the functioning of nerve cell circuits are the main impacts on depression.

Personal Factors and Depression

Personal factors such as a genetic predisposition can play into the probability of having depression. Certain personalities such as those with low self-esteem, frequent worries, and perfectionists are all at a higher risk to depression. Serious and long-term medical illnesses can translate from physical to mental systems, as the stress and worry can bring about chronic pain and sadness. The last personal factor which is the one we all have the greatest control over, is the abuse of drugs and alcohol. In Australia, over 500,000 individuals will experience depression while suffering from a substance use disorder simultaneously. Another study shown that alcohol dependence has a high likelihood of influences the treatment process for depression.

The effects of depression

Stressful events occur in everyone’s life, whether it is the death of a loved one, losing a job, prolonged illness, spiralling relationship, or other strenuous circumstances. Typically, stress has psychological consequences due to the chemical changes and subsequent reactions of your body. Short periods of stress allow your body’s chemistry to return to normal. In a depressive disorder, this stress lasts for extended periods of time and can affect the body and your health. Depression can affect your daily life from how you eat, your concentration in your education or career, and your relationships. However, with therapy and dedicated counselling sessions you will be able to find strategies to help you deal.



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