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Depression

What is Depression?

Everyone experiences feelings of sadness, disappointment, or ‘the blues’ from time to time. Depression however refers to a range of moods and other symptoms that are more intense, pervasive and long-lasting, are distressing to the person, and interfere with day-to-day life and relationships.

Depression Symptoms

The key symptoms include one or both of the following:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or lowered mood that lasts for most of the day, nearly every day
  • Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable, like going out, seeing friends, or pursuing interests and hobbies.

Daily symptoms include:

  • Significant changes in appetite and/or weight in the absence of dieting
  • Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Sluggishness
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness, or excessive guilt
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Thoughts of suicide or a feeling that life is not worth living.

If these symptoms have been affecting you or a loved one at work, school, or home life for more than two weeks, please contact Kathryn Munro Psychology to make an appointment.

Depression Causes

There is no one cause for depression. In some individuals a stressful life event such as the loss of a job, long-term unemployment, physical health issues, family problems, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a close relationship might trigger depression. For other people, there is no obvious cause.

Treatment for Depression

Depression can be treated using a number of methods however to determine which treatment is best suited, Kathryn will ask questions about the individual’s history, circumstances, thoughts, feelings and behaviours to gain an understanding of factors that might be contributing to the person’s difficulties and work out a treatment best suited to the client.

Further Reading & Support

Australian Psychological Society
Australia’s largest professional association for psychologists

Beyondblue
Provides information on anxiety, depression, and related disorders

Black Dog Institute
An organisation specialising in mood disorder research and education

Headspace
Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing assistance for individuals aged 12-25 years

Lifeline
A 24-hour counselling, suicide prevention and mental health support service
Telephone: 13 11 14

Make an appointment with Kathryn Munro Psychology

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Lifeline on 13 11 14

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