Depression is Treatable. The Sooner You Seek Support, the Sooner You Can Recover.
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that negatively affects the way you feel, think and behave. Depression can be debilitating and obstructs everyday life, work and relationships.
While it can be normal to occasionally feel sad or ‘down in the dumps’ due to stressful life events,
a person may be suffering from depression if these feelings become more intense, last longer than two weeks and impact their normal day-to-day activities.
|Mentally||Self-criticism, self-loathing, guilt|
|Emotionally||Helplessness, hopelessness, feeling ‘empty’, lack of motivation|
|Physically||Decreased energy, fatigue, moving and talking more slowly, difficulty concentrating or making simple decisions, sleep disturbance (waking very early or oversleeping), loss of libido, decreased ability to function at home or work.|
|Behaviourally||Loss of interest or unable to engage in activities once enjoyed.|
People with depression often devise strategies to hide their depression from others including the misuse of alcohol and prescription/recreation drugs and risky behaviour.
Goals of Psychotherapy
My initial goal as a psychotherapist will be to assist you in stopping the depression worsening. We would then explore the root causes of the depression.