Depression is among the most common of all mental health conditions, and impacts many Australians every day. While we all get sad, feel low or lacking in energy at times, people with depression experience these feelings more intensely and for longer. They can find it difficult to carry on with regular daily tasks during periods of depression.
General signs and symptoms
If you experience some of the following signs and symptoms of depression nearly every day for at least 2 weeks, you may be living with depression:
Depression is mainly characterised by feeling sad or loss of interest in hobbies and interests you once enjoyed. Other symptoms include feeling guilty or worthless, decreased energy, difficulty remembering or making decisions, feeling restless or moving/talking slowly, difficulty sleep such as early morning wakening or oversleeping, increased or decreased appetite, thoughts of death.
The symptoms of depression can be experienced differently among males, females, teens, and children.
Psychotherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment in improving symptoms in people with depression. Psychotherapy is often used alongside pharmaceutical treatment.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for depression, and has been found to be useful for a wide range of ages, including children, adolescents, adults and older people.
We are Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinicians that demonstrate our expertise as leading practitioners of the most evidence-based psychotherapy treatment in the world.
Our Sehat Psychology-based psychologists can help patients deal with depression, working with them to identify the causes of their illness and map out a comprehensive approach to target their individual symptoms and bring about long-term behavioural change and greater emotional resilience.
Strong support and treatment are vital steps towards improved health and wellbeing and we urge people who think they might have depression to seek help as soon as possible. Sometimes a combination of psychological therapy and medication is needed.
Seeking help for depressive disorders can change your life. Please contact us on (08) 7079 9529 or via our Online Contact Form to make an appointment with a psychologist or for more information on dealing with depression.