Depression Counselling

Mild to Moderate Depression

Depression is a catch-all term that describes a really broad spectrum of moods. If you’ve been feeling down, distressed, pessimistic, and troubled for more than a couple of weeks, you may have mild depression. Nearly 20% of the Australian population will experience depression at least once in their lifetime. Depression doesn’t discriminate – from children to the elderly, feeling low is a universal part of the human condition. When those feelings impact your ability to live life to the fullest though, it’s time to seek professional support. Counselling targets the underlying causes of depression, and helps you regain control of your emotions again.

 

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Frequent negative thoughts

  • Impaired concentration and indecisiveness

  • Intense sadness and tearfulness

  • Loss of interest in everyday activities

  • Negative self-talk

  • Feeling numb

  • Social withdrawal

  • Reduced libido

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Changes in sleeping habits, including insomnia

  • Changes in eating habits

  • Sense of hopelessness

 

Severe Depression

Whilst feelings of sadness and low mood are quite common, severe forms of depression can have a devastating effect on your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Severe depression often feels relentless, and may last for months or even years. In addition to the symptoms listed under mild depression, signs of a major depressive episode include:

  • Intense feelings of worthlessness

  • Daily insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)

  • Drug and alcohol misuse

  • Significant weight loss or gain

  • Recurrent, intrusive thoughts of death and suicide

 

Postpartum Depression

Approximately 80% of new mums experience the ‘baby blues’ after giving birth. Feelings of depression normally start within a few days of delivery, and frequently resolve within a few weeks. However for up to 15% of new mums, those depressed feelings can persist for months, or even years if left untreated.

 

There is a specific range of symptoms associated with postpartum depression. These include:

  • Feeling sad and frequently teary

  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, worthless or inadequate as a mum

  • Feeling hopeless, overwhelmed and numb

  • Intense anger and irritability

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling confused, scared and anxious

  • Withdrawal from family and friends

  • Eating and sleeping difficulties

  • Panic attacks

  • Experiencing disturbing, intrusive thoughts

  • Thinking about harming yourself or your baby

 

Postpartum depression (PPD) is extremely common, yet many women don’t reveal how they are feeling due to shame or embarrassment. PPD is a disorder that responds well to treatment, just like any other ailment. Seeking help is an act of courage and love – for yourself, and your baby.

 

Effective Counselling for Anxiety and Depression

If you are suffering from anxiety and/or depression, and want to identify workable strategies that you can use to manage your moods, support is crucial. Counselling for anxiety and depression will provide you a variety of treatment options, professional support and practical guidance. Life Supports counsellors and psychologists can show you the way forward, and help you to live a life free from debilitating moods. Counselling techniques for anxiety and depression include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.

 

Just like any other illness, depression and anxiety can get better with treatment.

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