Suffering from depression? We can help you.
We all know what depression is – that awful mood characterised by sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and social isolation. In fact, globally each person will experience a depressive episode at some point in their life – but the good news is that help and counselling are available.
Some of us feel depressed when we lose someone we love while others slide into depression after losing their job. Some people may get depressed after a breakup while others experience sadness and low mood after a failure.
As life is full of ups and downs, and sometimes, the least-pleasant events that we’re forced to experience can result in depressive episodes.
But according to the World Health Organisation, over 320 million people are living with depression worldwide and can involve people who experience clinical depression, job losses, marriage breakdown, fractured friendships or exciting opportunities they may no longer feel motivated to attend which can impact their will to grow as a person and in a professional capacity.
So, let’s take a moment to understand what depression is and how this emotional problem can ruin your overall sense of health and wellbeing.
How we can help you deal with depression
Overcoming depression requires a certain amount of responsibility, effort, and dedication on your part.
As long as you’re willing to make positive changes and adopt a brighter outlook on life, we can help you achieve long-lasting outcomes by offering a set of therapeutic approaches designed to cultivate rational thinking, emotional resilience, and behavioural optimisation.
From cognitive-behavioural therapy and schema-focused therapy to mindfulness and relaxation techniques, our team of professionals possesses an entire arsenal of evidence-based approaches to treating depression and other mood disorders.
Here’s a list of all the evidence-based therapies and treatments your Counselling in Melbourne counselling psychologist may use as part of your depression treatment:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Assertiveness Training
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
- Schema Focused Therapy
- Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Behavioural Therapy
You may experience symptom relief and an improved outlook after a few weeks to a few months of counselling and treatment.
Our approaches to dealing with depression
In a caring and safe non-judgmental place, a depression counselor in Melbourne will utilise a range of approaches mentioned above to help assist you to:
- Untangle stresses
- Provide clarity
- Reframe life events
- Alleviate distress
- Support more positive thinking
- Inspire effective problem-solving
- Improve relationships
- Boost self-confidence
- Explore personal goals and life direction
- Find happiness
Once depression has been successfully treated, it’s important to pay attention to your feelings in order to catch possible signs of a relapse. Seeking help and responding promptly to the warning signs may help you prevent a full return of major depression.
If you’re struggling with depression and are seeking a long-term outcome, the time might be right to consider scheduling an appointment with a Counselling in Melbourne depression counselling psychologist. Please contact us at (03) 9376 1958 or book online.
If you’re struggling with depression and are seeking a long-term outcome, the time might be right to consider scheduling an appointment with a Counselling in Melbourne depression counselling psychologist, please call us on (03) 9376 1958 or book online.
If you feel like you are need of immediate assistance, please dial 000 for emergency services or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Commonly asked questions about depression
What is depression?
Have you ever experienced a profound feeling of sadness, with no apparent reason?
Have you ever felt hopeless and lost for days on end?
Have you ever woken up more tired than you were when you went to bed?
Have you ever felt like everything is pointless, and life is nothing but a source of pain?
If your answer is YES, then you’re more than familiar with what it means to suffer from depression.
Depression is a severe condition that can profoundly affect the way you feel, think, and behave. When you’re dealing with this problem, life seems to shrink down to a handful of routine activities that keep you in an ever-smaller comfort zone.
People who struggle with depression experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, guilt, irritability, lack of focus, and poor decision-making. They lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable and tend to ruminate about the painful past and worrying future.
Sadly, the intensity of these symptoms, coupled with a grim perspective on life, can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts.
But there are strategies available to negate feeling constantly overwhelemed.
At Counselling in Melbourne, our team of licensed counsellors and psychologists can help you rediscover the real your and change your mindset to enjoy your the way you live your life.
With a solid background in various forms of therapy and treatment, our team of qualified therapists can equip you with the tools you need to overcome depression.
Despite its long list of unpleasant symptoms, depression is a treatable and preventable condition. All you need to do is stop ignoring the symptoms and consider seeking professional help.
Contact us today and take the first step towards a happier mindset and healthier life.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression symptoms can be both emotional and physical.
Signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Mood swings
- Feeling sad, worried, anxious
- Withdrawing socially
- Feelings of hopeless and worthlessness
- Feeling guilty, irritable, sensitive,
- indecisive and restless
- Suicidal thinking
The physical symptoms of depression could include:
- Back pain
- Muscle ache & joint pain
- Digestive problems such as diarrhoea or chronic constipation
- Exhaustion & fatigue
- Change in appetite resulting in weight gain or loss
- Dizziness or light headedness
What are the main types of depression?
Persistent depressive disorder
Persistent depressive disorder refers to a depressed mood that can last for many years. People with this mental condition may lose interest in activities and feel hopeless and inadequate. While the symptoms are less severe, you may experience episodes of major depression.
People with postpartum depression experience extreme exhaustion and sadness which make it difficult for them to care for their baby.
People with psychotic depression experience depression with psychosis. Symptoms may include hallucinations or having delusions that have a theme such as poverty or guilt.
Seasonal affective disorder
This can happen with depression during the months where there is less natural sunlight such as winter. People with this condition may withdraw socially, find themselves sleeping more or gaining weight.
What causes depression?
Depression is (and has always been) a hot topic among researchers and mental health professionals.
Over the last decades, numerous studies have revealed that depression – like any other form of emotional disorder – results from a mix of biological and environmental factors.
Let’s discuss these two clusters separately:
- Biological factors reveal how genetic predispositions and chemical imbalances in the brain can make you more vulnerable to depression. For example, abnormal levels of norepinephrine and serotonin can trigger the onset of depressive episodes. Furthermore, if mental illness runs in your family, you have a higher chance of dealing with emotional problems.
- Environmental factors refer to various events and life circumstances that can result in depression. From family instability, trauma, and abuse, to marital problems and financial difficulties, there are numerous ‘external’ causes for depression.
With the help of a qualified practitioner, you can embark on a journey of self-exploration and self-discovery that will reveal the source of your emotional pain and suffering.
What happens when depression is left untreated?
If depression goes untreated, the consequences can only turn from bad to worse. Even though depression is a purely emotional disorder, its effects will inevitably impact your physical health as well.
When you’re dealing with this condition, some of the first signs that point towards a serious problem are exhaustion, a vague sense of hopelessness, changes in appetite, and a drop in academic or work performance.
Slowly but surely, your overall mood begins to shift from positive to negative. The less positive emotions you experience, the less motivated you feel to engage in new and exciting activities.
And that’s when you’re beginning to feel trapped in a comfort zone where nothing ever changes. In other words, depression keeps you in a state of idleness and prevents you from making changes that could result in an increased sense of health and wellbeing.
But the worst part is that when you’re feeling depressed, you isolate yourself and refuse any form of support that those who love and care about you might offer.
However, when you’re feeling powerless and lost, the only way to regain the confidence and strength is by admitting you have a problem and asking for professional help.
Our team of highly qualified and registered clinical psychologists and counsellors are here to assist you in overcoming depression and regaining your sense of health and wellbeing.