The most important thing to know about depression is that it is not permanent. Your prospect for recovery is very good. A number of psychological (counselling) and pharmacological (antidepressant medication) treatments are available.
Depression is a state that affects a person’s emotions, their thinking and how they feel physically. It can be intense and long-lasting and have a negative effect on day-to-day life. Depression is not something to be ashamed of … it is not a flaw or a weakness, nor is it something that you can ‘snap out of’. It is real and can be very distressing.
Treatment for depression revolves around determining what might have triggered it and what is maintaining it. It might mean that the person suffering depression will be shown new strategies for managing life’s stresses and relationships, or they may need to consider making lifestyle changes.
Some of the symptoms of depression may include :
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Excessive worrying
- Changes in sleep pattern (not being able to sleep, or feeling tired and lethargic despite having spent long hours sleeping)
- Irritability and negative thinking
- Feelings of hopelessness
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms and/or suspect you might be depressed ? … or, if you’re just feeling stressed and want to feel better contact me. I can assist you to make some helpful changes to your life (and to your way of thinking).