Depression is one of the most common mental health problems experienced in our society.
Depression is often the result of situational factors such as loss of a job/career, partner/significant other, social isolation, financial stress, or health problems. Depression resulting from life stressors essentially occurs when our external and internal stresses exceed our resources to cope; hence we can feel defeated by life events out of our control.
Depression can be mild, moderate or severe enough to lead us to feel completely overwhelmed by activities we previously could easily manage.
Depression can feel isolating for sufferers and make us feel negative about ourselves and others, and hopeless about ever overcoming this experience.
People can experience depression while also experiencing other mental health issues such as anxiety, eating disorders, and substance and impulse control disorders.
But there is good news... Depression usually does lift. Counselling and/or medication are key treatment options.
Counselling can assist with:
Depression is different to periods of feeling sad which are a normal modulation of mood.
Feeling sad is an appropriate response to a wide range of events we can experience in life.
Sadness does not have the debilitating effect depression has on our functioning. It also doesn’t last as long.
The most common type of Depression is called Major Depressive Disorder or Unipolar Depression. Sometimes also clinical depression.
Major depression is characterised by pronounced low mood that lasts for 2 weeks or more and interferes with one’s ability to function at home or work.
All types of Depression affect a person’s thoughts, behaviours, emotions, and physical well-being.
Other signs of depressed mood include: