Around one million Australian adults live with depression each year, with an average one in five people experiencing depression in their lives.
If you have had at least three of these symptoms for a period of two weeks or more, it is important you visit your doctor or health professional, as you may be depressed.
Difficulty sleeping or changes in your sleeping patterns
Loss of motivation or interest in things that you used to find pleasurable
Feelings of worthlessness
Changes in appetite
Feeling sad or teary
Feeling tired for no reason
Withdrawing from friends and/or family
Using food, alcohol or drugs to cope
Counselling can help change negative thoughts and feelings while identifying healthy ways to manage depression. Treatments used include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for depression. CBT aims to help replace negative thoughts about ourselves, others, or the world, with more rational, positive or constructive thoughts.
Interpersonal Therapy which focuses on relationship patterns and the impact these have on exacerbating symptoms of depression.
Behavioural Therapy focuses on reconnecting or helping you discover activities you find rewarding. These activities aim prevent patterns of withdrawal or avoidance which often present in people with depression.
Effective treatments for depression usually involve a range of different strategies, each targeting a different aspect of the person’s functioning.
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