Depression is more common than many of us realize, affecting up to 10% of the population. We all feel blue or down, sometimes for days or a few weeks at a time. We feel grief at the loss of someone close to us, and mourning is normal and natural.
Disappointment over losing out on a job we wanted or feeling awful after the end of a relationship are painful but completely normal feelings.
Clinical depression is different. Depression is the experience of low mood and lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It’s isolating. And you’ll notice you have poor focus and concentration, etc., over an extended period of time.
When Does It Make Sense To Get Help With Depression?
- Feeling irritable, impatient, angry and/or feeling like crying often
- Feeling emotionally blunted or ’numb’
- Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
- Eating or drinking to excess, or having no appetite at all
- Low libido whether you’re male or female
- Children may report feeling sick and frequently ask to stay home from school.
The moody feeling and the symptoms can persist for weeks, months or even years at a time. Seeking help makes sense whenever the symptoms of depression make you feel like you just aren’t yourself anymore, or facing your life everyday just leaves you feeling flat, empty or overwhelmed.
If you have thoughts about hurting yourself … or someone else … you’re experiencing something you must not try to manage by yourself. It’s important to recognize you need treatment. When you realize this is happening:
Don’t be alone. Talk to someone and ask for help.
Call 911 now.
There’s GOOD NEWS for you if you’re suffering from depression.
Talk therapy has been found to be effective in treating depression in many people. In some cases, medication is needed also. Studies have shown that the combined use of medication and talk therapy such as CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy produces much better results than talk therapy or medication alone.
Contact me and let’s talk about the counselling options that will be most effective for you.
The Next Step On The Path To Feeling Better Is To Get Help:
For more information on Depressive Disorders, please check out the website for the Canadian Mental Health Assocication (CMHA)
Take this self-test to see if you might be suffering from depression: http://psychology-tools.com/zung-depression-scale/
Then contact me to discuss your results.
My office is in convenient proximity for counselling Tsawwassen – Ladner – Delta – Whiterock – Surrey, BC