Private Counselling and Mediation
Are you regularly feeling sad and tired? Have your eating and sleeping habits changed for the worse? Do you feel helpless, and does the future seem hopeless? Do you no longer experience pleasure from life? Have you considered suicide? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may be suffering from depression.
Depression is a serious illness, one that involves one’s physical body, feelings, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life and normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder, friends, and family. Depression is more common than many realize. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 17 million adult Americans suffer from depression during any 1-year period.
Forms of Depression
Depression comes in many forms (or diagnoses). Some of the diagnoses you may be aware of include: Major Depressive Disorder; Bipolar Disorder; Dysthymic Disorder; and Mood Disorder. These disorders differ by the constellation of symptoms that define them. An accurate diagnosis is critical for effective treatment. I have extensive experience in the assessment of psychological disorders. Please contact me for a free consultation regarding the particular diagnosis or diagnoses that may be affecting you.
I am conveniently located at 42 Marshalsea Road, Elizabeth Park or 8 Barossa Court Lyndoch.
Culture, Age, and Gender Features of Depression
Culture can influence how depression is experienced and therefore communicated. For example, in some cultures depression may be experienced as physical symptoms such as headaches and tiredness, where is other cultures depression may be experienced as feelings of sadness or guilt. The core symptoms of a Major Depressive Disorder are the same for children, adolescents, and adults, although certain symptoms may be more common among certain age groups. Studies indicate that depressive episodes occur twice as frequently in women as in men.
Causes of Depression
As with many mental illnesses, it appears a variety of factors may be involved in depression. These include, but are not limited to:
Treatments for Depression
Depression isn’t just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness, nor is depression something you can simply “snap out” of. Depression is a chronic illness that requires purposeful and intentional treatment. Here are some of the ways depression is treated:
I have extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of depressive disorders. If you feel you may be depressed, please contact me for a free telephone consultation regarding your symptoms. My rooms are is conveniently located at 42 Marshalsea Road, Elizabeth Park or 8 Barossa Court, Lyndoch.