The challenges of Depression

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Why seek help for depression?

Depression can effect people in different ways.   It is normal to feel down once in a while, but if you are low most days, then you may have depression. 


Feeling depressed is not a sign of weakness. If left untreated, it can develop into a serious mental health problem.  Fortunately, it is also treatable.  There’s no need to suffer with depression - proven treatment exists and your mood can improve with medicine, psychological therapy, and simple changes to your lifestyle. 


Depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can impact a person’s ability to function at work and at home.  It is understood that events in life can cause symptoms of depression, and others may experience a chemical imbalance in the brain.   

Types of depression:

There are many different types of depression, and while there are many similarities that have their own distinctive set of symptoms:


  • Major Depression: A common type of depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder: Is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression
  • Postnatal Depression: Sadness after having a baby
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Usually develops in the dark winter months
  • Atypical Depression: A misunderstood type of depression
  • Psychotic Depression: Losing touch with reality
  • Bipolar Disorder: From high to low (and back to high again)
  • Situational Depression: When life gets you down

Symptoms of depression:

The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.


  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling sad or low most days 
  • Irritability and frustration
  • Sensitivity to criticism
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities and hobbies you once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite
  • Reduced sex drive or intimacy 
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Thoughts of self harm, death or suicide

Risk factors for depression:

Depression can affect anyone and many factors can contribute to depression:


  • Biochemistry: Imbalance of chemicals in the brain.


  • Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or deprivation may trigger vulnerability to depression.


  • Genetics: Depression can run in families, twin, and adoption studies.


  • Personality: People with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, appear to be more likely to experience depression.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a evidence-based talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. 

Counselling

Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping identify core beliefs and discover at what point in life or childhood such beliefs were formed.  Talking therapy will help you find ways to deal with your low mood and depression

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a tool that many therapists teach and develop individuals to be become more aware of how they truly think and feel about their problems.  Mindfulness helps individuals to develop a greater focus and appreciation on the experiences they are presently having. 

Eye Movement desensitisation Reprocessing

EMDR therapy is an effective treatment for prolonged stress that may be causing depression, such as alcohol, addictions, anxiety, bereavement and trauma.