We all experience being sad or unhappy or down in the dumps from time to time. However, depression is different from the temporary down spells that most of us sometimes feel.
Depression occurs when these moods persist for most of the day, nearly every day, for several weeks.
Symptoms of Depression
- Feelings of being sad, empty, hopeless, helpless, tearful, down in the dumps (and can show as irritable moods in children and adolescents)
- Decreased interest or pleasure in nearly all activities
- Significant loss or gain of weight; or of appetite
- Excessive sleep or not enough sleep
- Slowing down or speeding up of activity
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Unrealistic feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Trouble making decisions, thinking or concentrating
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms of depression cause significant distress or impair work, social, or personal functioning.
Psychological treatments are proven to help people with depression by helping them to develop better coping skills and change negative patterns of thinking so that they can deal better with life’s conflicts and stresses. Psychological therapies can help a person to recover and can also prevent depression from reoccurring
There are several psychological treatments that can help people with depression:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a psychological treatment that recognises the way that a person thinks and the way that a person behaves affects the way that person feels. CBT is very effective for treating depression. It is useful for adults, older people, adolescents and children.
In CBT, the psychologist helps the client identify the patterns of thoughts and behaviours that are likely to make them depressed.
CBT focusses on changing thoughts and behaviours so that they can think more rationally about their difficulties. CBT helps people to change their irrational thoughts and behaviour into a more positive approach.
Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT)
IPT is a psychological therapy structured to focus on personal relationship problems and the skills required to deal with interpersonal difficulties that are thought to maintain or cause depression.
IPT is based on the concept that relationship issues can have a major impact on a person who is experiencing depression
Behaviour therapy focuses on increasing a person’s level of activity and pleasure experienced in their life.
Behaviour therapy encourages people to take on pleasant and rewarding activities so that they experience a sense of satisfaction
Behaviour therapy is used to reverse the patterns of avoidance, withdrawal and inactivity that make depression worse.
Hypnosis is an enjoyable deeply relaxed and focused state of consciousness that can be utilized to create major changes in the individual’s life experiences and mind set.
Hypnosis is an effective and natural psychological treatment for dealing with problem issues. Hypnosis provides an individually tailored permanent and fast solution for depression and other health issues. Hypnosis can be a very effective treatment for involuntary and compulsive behaviours.
Medicare rebates are available to those who are eligible. Rebates can be paid directly into your bank account when sessions are paid for using cash, cheque or EFTPOS.
How to Get Help
To find out more about depression counselling or to make an appointment with our psychologists for clients in Brighton, Bayside suburbs or all over Melbourne, please feel free to contact us on 03 9133 0996