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What is Depression?
Depression, describes periods typically associated with a persistent low mood, often accompanied by extreme lethargy.
Depression is very common mental health condition, with one in seven Australians likely to be diagnosed as experiencing depression, in their lifetime.
Frequently identified in adolescence and other significant life transitions, such as early parenthood, menopause or aging, depression can affect people at different stages in their lives - men, women, children, adolescence, and the elderly. Depression is also often identified as associated with significant challenges in people’s lives – illness, substance abuse, unemployment, grief, separation, anxiety, determining sexual orientation, financial and workplace stress, to name a few. Further, depression can be associated with the seasons and be impacted by health and lifestyle choices.
It is important for individuals who feel they are suffering from depression to seek assistance. Depression counseling can help.
Types of Depression
There are many types of depression, all with somewhat varying symptoms. Types of depression can include - mild, clinical, bipolar, and postnatal and seasonal affective disorder.
Whilst fluctuations in mood are a normal part of the human experience, one of the hallmarks of depression is a consistency of; low mood, lethargy and an overall sadness.
Regardless of the form of depression that someone maybe experiencing, they can benefit from depression counseling. As specialists in depression counselling in Melbourne, our professional counselors can help you.
It is not uncommon for individuals who suffer from depression to wait before seeking treatment. Some people try to ignore their feelings or afraid to confront the issue, others may self-medicate. Depression can feel like a downward spiral with a sense of no hope in sight.
If you are worried that you or someone you care about is struggling with depression, contact The Grove Counselling & Therapy. Depression counseling can make a difference.
One in seven Australians will be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.
How Does Depression Feel?
Over the last two weeks, if you note that most of time you are experiencing low mood, as well as a combination of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek counseling support. Depression counseling can help.
- Persistent sense of sadness
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Exhausted and / or rundown
- Sense of worthlessness / low self-esteem
- Irritable and easily frustrated
- Poor concentration
- No enjoyment
- Suicidal thoughts / thoughts about ‘life not being worth living’
- Agitation / easily aroused temper
- No motivation
- High levels of anxiety / worry
In addition to these feelings, you may notice some shifts in behavior.
- Interrupted sleep / excessive sleep
- Lack of appetite / significant appetite increase
- Significant weight gain / loss
- Unexplained physical pain
- Social withdrawal
- Neglecting interests or hobbies
- Self medicating behaviours – alcohol / substance abuse
What Can Cause Depression
There are multitude of factors that can lead to depression, however there are times that the onset of depression can be quite sudden, and as such, seem unexplainable. Traumatic life events, big life transitions, the loss of a loved one, birth of a baby, physical illness are just a few examples. Loss of a loved can be such a devastating event that will lead to depression, so you should always seek grief counselling. A loss of a job, finances or even children growing older can be related to depression in adults and through our Adults Counselling Services in Melbourne we can help you live your life happily.
Seeking Help for Depression
There is strong correlation between suicide and depression, and consequently all depression needs to be taken seriously. Every type of depression, no matter how mild, is worthy of support. Depression counselling can help you re-find meaning and purpose. As specialists in depression counseling in Melbourne, our professional counselors at The Grove Counselling & Therapy are ready to support you. Contact The Grove today to schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help you reconnect to life.
Depression is a serious condition, we can help...
Whilst experiencing depression is a common human experience, when these symptoms begin to impede on our life, it is time to seek help. Depression is a serious condition and if left untreated, can lead further serious mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling to find value in their lives, please seek help immediately.
If you suspect you or someone you care about are experiencing a depressive period, contact The Grove Counseling & Therapy for assistance on 03-9532-4567 or book a session via our Online BOOKING service.