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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 other 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)
Depression is highly treatable, with research noting that a number of theoretical methods are effective in reducing the symptoms of depression. This includes cognitive behavior 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 can 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 provide 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.
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Monday – Friday
(closed on public holidays)
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- Monday 8:00am to 8:00pm
- Tuesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Wednesday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Thursday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Friday 8:30am to 8:00pm
- Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm