Getting Help for Depression
Depression is something we hear a lot about these days, and it can often be misunderstood. There are many different forms of depression, from bipolar disorder to post-natal depression, and they vary in severity and cause.
What is depression?
Depression is a condition marked by continual feelings of dejection, apathy or sadness, which interfere with normal life functioning. Other symptoms include:
- Lethargy / excess fatigue.
- Loss of interest and pleasure in activities previously enjoyed or relished.
- Feeling unmotivated, lacking desire.
- Feelings of being overwhelmed and not coping with life.
- A sense of worthlessness, guilt, and / or self-blame.
- Withdrawal from social activities.
- Changes in appetite and / or sleep patterns.
- Unexplained physical illnesses.
Many, if not most of us, suffer one or more of the above symptoms from time to time, and it’s important to get a proper diagnosis before calling the symptoms depression. Generally speaking, a combination of these symptoms needs to be experienced continuously for two weeks or more for a diagnosis of depression.Risk factorsThese include loss and bereavement, a family history of mental illness, personality issues such as perfectionism, or high self-criticism, chemical or hormonal imbalances, substance abuse, and medical illness.
Treatment depends on the severity and type of depression. Very severe depressionor bipolar disorder is more likely to require medication as part of the treatment. Other options include visits to a psychologist or counsellor, practising ‘mindmethods’ such as meditation and / or mindfulness, and hypnotherapy.
These types of treatments involve changing patterns of thinking, or ‘reprogramming’ the mind to break out of negative habits and cycles.
Treatments for depression are available at the Mind Centre in Varsity Lakes Queensland. Medicare rebates are available by first getting a referral or mental health plan through your GP.
For more information please see The Mind Centre website, or phone 07 5608 4148 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.