If the answer is yes to some of the above, you may be suffering from depression. You are not alone! 10% of the population is suffering from depression at any one time. It can affect anybody. No one is completely safe from depression. You don't have to keep struggling on your own, there are effective psychological treatments to help you to manage the depression and prevent relapses.
We all have low days; feeling disappointed, sad, frustrated and unmotivated. But, if you have more and more of those days, where the low mood last from one day to the other, becoming more intense and increasingly difficult to snap out of it, you may suffer from mild depression. However, if you find yourself having low energy, procrastinating, withdrawing, eating not enough or too much, feeling miserable over a period of weeks as well as waking up early morning feeling down, then the chances are that you could have clinical depression.
If you are suffering from depression we advise that you visit your GP for an assessment and referral
The depression could have developed gradually over many months but other times the depression could have happened more suddenly in response to changes in life situation. For some, the depression continues for long periods of time even though, there may no longer be a good reason for feeling down. If you are suffering from an ongoing feeling of unhappiness and it is difficult to snap out of it, it is important that you seek help. We recommend that you see your GP for an assessment of your condition for a possible Mental Health Care Plan so you can claim the Medicare rebate. Your GP may also prescribe anti-depressant medication as well as psychological services.
Feeling depressed is not something to feel ashamed or guilty about. The good news is that there are many well researched and proven effective medical and psychological treatment for depression that can alleviate the physiological and psychological factors which cause and maintain the depression.
Medication for depression
The current research indicates that psychological intervention, such as Mindfulness in combination with Self-Compassion, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy(MBCT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy(CFT) can reduce depression as effectively as medication, with the progress maintained in the long term and preventing further relapses. A combination of medication and psychological treatments is often the best way to treat clinical depression for stable, long-term gain.
How we can help you to ease depression
We offer a Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Compassion-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy all of which are evidence-based approaches to reduce depression.
We will listen to you, provide you with an assessment and then present strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances. Together, we will explore practical and effective ways to resolve your challenges and to reach your goals. The aim is to help you to build emotional resources to enable you to gain greater resilience, calm and well-being.
Burleigh Waters, Qld 4220