We Can Help With… Depression
Depression is a common mental health condition that affects approximately one million adults and 100,000 young people in Australia every year. On average, one in four females and one in six males are diagnosed with depression.
We have all felt ‘depressed’ about an argument or falling out with a friend, misunderstandings in our relationships, stress or unhappiness about our job – and sometimes we feel ‘down’ for what seems like no reason at all. People experience a range of depressive symptoms, and can also experience symptoms to a greater or lesser degree than others. Whilst it is normal to feel down or blue at certain times in your life, experiencing depression symptoms for an extended period of time may negatively impact on a number of area’s in your life, such as school, work, and relationships.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression can include but are not limited to:
- Diminished interest or pleasure in once enjoyable activities
- A continuously low mood, which may include feelings of overwhelming sadness or emptiness
- Reduced ability to control your emotions
- Lack of concentration or indecisiveness
- Lowered self-esteem or feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Negative thoughts
- Tiredness and loss of energy
- Change in appetite or significant weight loss or gain
- Sleep problems such as insomnia (not being able to sleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness)
- Feeling sluggish and lethargic, body aches or slow movement
- Recurrent thoughts of death and suicide.
If you are feeling suicidal, please seek immediate help by calling Lifeline’s 24 hour counselling service on 13 11 14.
The good news is depression can be successfully treated, even for those with severe or clinical depression. People are often reluctant to get help, but it is important to seek treatment for depression sooner rather than later, as untreated depression can become chronic or recurrent.
At Vitalise Psychology, our psychologists can work with you and help you to overcome your depression, manage your symptoms, and lead a happy and fulfilling life. Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our registered psychologists.