Despite the prevalence, depression is an experience that must always be taken seriously and can have an enormous impact on one’s sense of themselves, the world, relationships and the ability to function.
The symptoms and experience of depression can vary from person to person but are often underpinned by a sense of conflict, inability to think clearly, tiredness, feeling stuck and lacking motivation and purpose.
In some cases, individuals report feeling reasonably settled and content in life prior to a specific trigger that sets off their depression – for example, the ending of a relationship, the death of an important or close relative and a change or loss of job role. Depression is commonly experienced as a combination of some or all of the below symptoms:
- Sadness and/or loss of enjoyment in previously enjoyed activities
- Changes in sleep (sleeping more or less than normal)
- Changes in appetite (eating more or eating less)
- Changes in weight (weight gain or loss)
- Loss of energy and feeling apathetic (can’t be bothered, what’s the point)
- Negative self-judgments (self-critical or self-reproaching thoughts)
- Fuzzy thinking or thinking that goes in circles
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Suicidality (suicidal thoughts, suicidal plans and/or actions)
Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.
You can also book an appointment by using our online booking for our in-clinic session. Also note that we will only work face to face with people experiencing Major Depression, so Skype or phone sessions are not possible in this instance.
Frequently Asked Questions
A common misconception about major depression is that it’s the same as feeling sad or down. Although many people with depression feel sadness, suffering from major depression (or clinical depression) feels much more severe than emotions that come and go in response to life events.
The symptoms of depression can last for months or years and can make it difficult or impossible to carry on with daily life. It can disrupt careers, relationships, and everyday tasks such as self-care and housework.
You may feel as if there’s no pleasure or joy in life and that there’s nothing that can make you happy. You may quickly lose concentration and focus on even the simplest of tasks such as watching TV becomes harder. Everything may feel hopeless, and sleeping may be problematic. You may also lose your appetite, or the opposite, and food may be a comfort or coping tool. There’s also a high chance that your thoughts may become severely negative and even suicidal.
If you are feeling suicidal, please seek help by visiting your emergency department or by contacting Lifeline. There is the possibility to get help!
Depression is highly treatable, with research noting that a number of theoretical methods are effective in reducing the symptoms of depression. This includes cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which explores the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions on one’s mental health and well being; psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy which considers how depression may be perpetuated by internal conflicts an individual is not aware of; and interpersonal therapy (IPT) which focuses on how relational roles and experiences mitigate or reinforce experiences of low mood.
It is important to seek assistance early as untreated depression may also lead to the emergence of other mental health difficulties such as anxiety and to reliance on unhelpful coping strategies such as substance use and disordered eating patterns.
Bayside Psychotherapy provides in-depth, long term psychotherapy where indicated, for individuals experiencing Major Depression. However, we are not a crisis clinic and if you are feeling suicidal please visit your emergency department or contact Lifeline. Also note that we will only work face to face with people experiencing Major Depression, so Skype or phone sessions are not possible in this instance.
Call Bayside Psychotherapy during business hours on 9557 9113, or book online if you are ready to commence treatment or test the waters to find out if we are a good fit.
Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek an appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed.