Depression Counselling

Depression Counselling

What is Depression?

Everyone has probably felt down in the dumps, sad, and even a bit hopeless occasionally. When we feel sad or blue, we may say that we are “feeling depressed”. However, depression is not the same as feeling a bit down because one has had a difficult day.

Depression is not a simple change in mood and it is not a sign of emotional weakness. What all types of depression have in common is a sad, irritable or empty mood along with physical and mental changes that have a significant impact upon an individualīs ability to function (American Psychological Association [APA], 2013).

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Depression?

Living with depressing can be distressing and difficult. But you arenīt alone: As many as 25% of women and 12% of men will experience an episode of major depression during their lifetime (Leahy, Holland, & McGinn, 2012).

You may be wondering if the symptoms youīve been feeling are depression or not. We can work together to determine this, but these are some of the more common symptoms.
  • Emotional Symptoms of Depression include the following: sadness, feeling overwhelmed, hopeless or empty. A loss of enjoyment in doing things that used to be pleasurable, irritability, and frustration. Feelings of worthlessness and inappropriate feelings of guilt may also surface. Some people report feeling “blah”, having no feelings, or feeling anxious (APA, 2013).
  • Physical Symptoms of Depression include the following: loss of energy, tiredness, fatigue, significant weight loss or weight gain when not dieting, a variety of sleep disturbances, assorted aches and pains, observable significant agitation or slowing down of physical movements. An individual who is experiencing depression may also take longer to accomplish tasks that they are familiar with and might experience exhaustion after doing so (APA, 2013).
  • Mental Symptoms of Depression often include a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions, as well difficulties with memory and thinking. Suicidal thoughts of varying intensity may surface as well (APA, 2013). People who are going through depression often focus on their shortcomings, and minimize (word “any” is missing) positive qualities that they have. These individuals often get stuck within their own negative thoughts, repeating these thoughts mentally, over and over again (Leahy, et al., 2012).
  • Behavioral Symptoms of Depression A number of these behaviors are directly related to the physical, mental or emotional symptoms of depression.  For example, an individual who is feeling hopeless and overwhelmed may cry a great deal. Or, someone who gets stuck in negative thoughts may avoid difficult feelings or experiences seen as challenging. Finally, many people who are experiencing depression fail to reward or praise themselves for positive or productive behavior (Leahy, et al., 2012)  

The Good News! Counselling Can Be a Very Effective Treatment for Depression

During our initial FREE session, you will also be asked to fill out assessment forms so we can evaluate the nature and intensity of symptoms, and other issues that you may be facing. This assessment helps us plan first steps towards the future that you hope for.  

In the next session , I take a solution-focused approach. We will invest some time to get a clear motivating vision of specifically how your new life will be different and better once you leave depression behind, and we will agree upon the goals that you will be moving towards.

Later, positive momentum will accelerate after both of us better understand the things that help maintain your symptoms. Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has helped many people learn how to both feel better and think differently. (Leahy, Holland, & McGinn, 2012).

You will be strongly supported as you create detailed goals that motivate you, and effective ways of measuring the effectiveness of your own steps towards achieving each of them.

Take the first step forward towards the better life that you desire
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