Help Managing Depression
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It’s normal to feel down every once in a while. Major life changes can trigger all kinds of feelings – and it’s natural to respond with sadness when the situation merits the response.
But when those feelings just don’t go away – you could be dealing with clinical depression.
It’s not uncommon. It’s been estimated that up to 25% of the population has been affected by depression – but without being aware that they are – they are likely clinically depressed.
The good news is that depression can be treated
Our counsellors use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other forms of evidence-based psychotherapy that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression – not pharmaceuticals.
How do you know if you have depression?
Some of the signs of depression include:
- Low mood
- Lack of interest or enjoyment in formerly enjoyable activities
- Intense and ongoing tiredness
- Either loss of appetite, or over-eating
- Insomnia or fatigue
- Low or no sexual desire
- Problems with concentration or recall
- Generalized aches and pains
What can cause it?
Sometimes there is no obvious reason for depression.
- It can be a combination of biological, psychological and social things that affect people differently.
- Some people are more susceptible than others, possibly because of their personality and coping style; childhood trauma including violence; family predisposition or hormonal or other biological factors.
When to seek professional assistance
If you feel that you’re not living up to your potential, because you might be depressed, then it might be worth a conversation with one of our counsellors.
Request a confidential – free 20 minute call by using the form below – your counsellor will confirm within 24 hours.