Life does not always go the way we want it and we all experience feelings of sadness, low mood or ‘down’ from time to time. For some people they experience these feelings intensely for weeks, months or even years and it can be without any apparent reason. Depression usually results from a combination of events which may be recent, longer-term or personal. Depression is a serious illness that has both physical and psychological consequences and negatively impacts a persons quality of life.
Depression can affects how people feel about themselves making it more difficult to manage daily routines and responsibilities. Signs and symptoms often experienced with depression:
- Feeling sad, down or miserable most of the time or a loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities (for longer than two weeks);
- Withdrawing from close family and friends, not going out anymore;
- Feeling overwhelmed, guilty, irritable, lacking confidence;
- Physically tired all the time,
- Sleep problems;
- Loss or change in appetite;
- Thoughts such as ‘I’m a failure’, ‘I’m worthless’.
Psychological treatments help to change negative patterns of thinking and improve a person’s coping skills so they are better equipped to deal with life’s stresses and conflicts. Seeking professional psychological counselling can help in recovery and also reduce the risk of the depression reoccurring.
For more information on depression please visit the Beyond Blue website.
Myrtle Oak Clinic understands that the thought of getting help for your depression may seem overwhelming and quite frankly too difficult. However Clinical depression is a medical condition and just like other conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, left untreated it will become more severe. It is important to note that this sense of feeling overwhelmed, hopeless or perhaps helpless is a symptom of depression, not the reality of the situation. Please remember that depression may be an isolating, debilitating and difficult condition but is highly responsive to treatment.
The skilled clinicians at Myrtle Oak Clinic are experienced with working with depression and are available to help you develop an understanding of the illness and put strategies into place to reduce the symptoms of your depression and step forward in life. Please phone 02 43623 443 or visit our contact page to book an appointment or ask more questions about our services.