Depression

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In a nutshell, depression does not know age, colour, size, wealth or career, and can cause extreme distress and feelings of emptiness. It’s more than just being sad, it stops you from enjoying your life and you just don’t seem to be able to stop it!

 

How do I know if I am depressed?

There are many symptoms of depression, and even different types of depression. Below is a list of some of the symptoms. You may experience signs of depression that are not listed here. If you feel that you may be experiencing depression speak  to an experienced psychologist or your GP to find out for sure.

  • Moodiness that is out of character
  • Increased irritability and frustration
  • Feeling like everyone is against you
  • Wanting to spend more time alone
  • Loss of interest in food, sex, exercise or other pleasurable activities
  • Lying awake throughout the night
  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Loss of interest in work or studies
  • Increased physical health complaints like fatigue or pain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Not caring about your own safety (taking unnecessary risks)

 

How can depression be treated?

Believe it or not, there is actually quite a lot that can be done to successfully treat Depression.

Treatment can include medication, counselling and various types of support (or a combination of all three for even better results!).

  • Medication – helps to get the brain chemistry back to it’s normal balance.
  • Counselling – it can be helpful to talk about the symptoms, how different ways of teaching your brain to think can help, and just generally COPING from day to day.
  • Counselling can also help you to feel ‘normal’ again, so that you know you are not alone in what you are experiencing. It can help teach you to think in a more positive way and help you to find solutions to your concerns.
  • Support – either in the community or personal environment (or both), such as training and education or even support groups can be incredibly helpful (you are not alone!).
  • Support can also come from your family and friends. Once they are aware that what you are going through is a diagnosable condition with real solutions they can become a part of the solution.

 

How do I go about getting treatment?

Speak to your GP and he or she will be able to give you a referral to speak to one of our psychologists at Reconnect Psychology

 

I want to know more before making an appointment…

There is so much information out there! How do we keep from being confused? If you would like to know more about depression before making an appointment here is a link where you can listen or read about Depression:
http://www.sane.org/information/factsheets-podcasts/178-depression