When you are feeling depressed, it is common to feel alone, like it is you against the world. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and one in five people in Australia will experience depression at some stage in their lives. You are not alone in your struggle so don’t be alone in dealing with it. There are a range highly effective treatment options and we can find the best options for you so you can effective manage your depression.
Depression affects a person’s thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and physical well-being. Depressed people experience intense feelings for long periods of time and often without reason.
Signs of a depressed mood include:
- lowered self-esteem or self-worth
- lack of motivation
- poor concentration and memory
- reluctance to engage in meaningful activities that were once pleasurable
- inability to sleep / insomnia
- changes in appetite – either loss of appetite or over eating
- less ability to control emotions such as pessimism, anger, guilt, irritability and anxiety
- varying emotions throughout the day
- reduced pain tolerance
- lack of sex drive
Depressed individuals may also have suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing depression, it is important to seek help from a practitioner as soon as possible. At Foundation Psychology we provide support for people who are depressed by helping them to:
- restructure negative and irrational thoughts using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
- increase social support networks
- gain insight into their boarder personality factors that contribute to these feelings
- use narrative therapy to help the individual increase self awareness
- practice meditative and relaxation techniques