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I describe it as the feeling of a trapdoor being opened suddenly beneath you. I went from being a functioning working mother ... with no history of depression and no prior symptoms, to being admitted to a psychiatric hospital within three short days.
— R. Kelly

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.

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The Best Depression Counselling in Melbourne

Depression can affect anyone, anywhere, and any time. Nobody is immune to it, though some people may be more likely to experience it than others.

It is a serious condition, and one that should not be left untreated. The problem is, however, that not everyone who has depression actually knows they have it. When they do know they have it, often their primary concern is not to get help, but to hide it from others.

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Obviously hiding the problem isn't going to help. Unfortunately what happens to most people who confess to a friend that they're feeling depressed is that they're given superficial advice along the lines of "snap out of it", "there's nothing to worry about", "cheer up", or the worst line of them all, "things could be worse".

It's really difficult to imagine how telling somebody that things could be worse is supposed to make them feel better. It's actually more likely to just make them feel worse about themselves. But that's the kind of thing people with depression have to put up with a lot of the time, and it's why they develop skills to hide their pain from the world.

Depression is hiding in plain sight

Although depression is very common, it's not well understood, and it varies greatly between individuals. What is undeniably true, however, is that everyone needs to be aware that they can get help for depression.

If you need depression counselling in Melbourne, contact The Grove for friendly confidential service. Our professional counsellors are experienced in working with people who have depression, and will listen to you in a safe non-judgemental environment, where you can speak your mind without fear.

The Grove provides real help for depression

Our practice has some of the foremost experts in Melbourne for depression counselling. What makes us different from many others is that we will help you come to know your depression and in doing so be with you as you overcome this difficult period in your life.  For many people, after being treated for depression in this way, they describe it as an incredible time of personal growth.

There is nothing as effective as quality counselling from expert counsellors. If you have depression, don't suffer in silence. Call us and get the help you need.

We can also help with separation anxiety

The Grove can also help with separation anxiety counselling in Melbourne for those who are suffering with separation anxiety. Sometimes this problem can also be linked to depression, or may lead to it. Getting help early is the best way to avoid more serious complications from developing.

We are here to help. When you need help, don't wait to ask for it. The sooner you get the help you need, the sooner your life can start getting a bit easier. If you can learn to control your depression, then depression will have less power to control you. I am not exactly sure why separation anxiety is here and not in the anxiety page?

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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.

Although I’ve thankfully overcome it, I don’t regret suffering from depression — it has made me who I am today...my strength became more perfect in weakness.
— R. Kelly

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.

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In addition to depression counselling, at The Grove we also specialize in several other forms of counselling including; anxiety counselling, teen counselling and couples counselling.

Further resources:

1 Attley Grove, St Kilda East VIC 3183    Tel: 03-9532-4567   E: info@thegrovecounselling.com