What is Depression

Feeling depressed is an experience that most of us can relate to. Normally, it is a passing feeling of sadness, feeling blue or down, and occurs in response to an event in one’s life.

An episode of depression, however:

  • involves more symptoms;
  • is longer lasting;
  • can have a negative impact on our lives.

Approximately one in five people will experience an episode of depression in their lifetime. In general, depression is not the result of a single life event but rather the result of a combination of events and personal factors.  If not treated, depression can lead to substance misuse, losing contact with family and friends, and risk of suicide.

Symptoms of Depression

A person may be depressed if they have experienced several of the symptoms below for long periods (more than two weeks):

  • Feeling down or sad
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of motivation, enjoyment and interest in doing things you normally enjoy
  • Low energy
  • Changes in sleep (difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual)
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Suicidal thoughts

Free Self-Assessment

The anxiety and depression online test measures how you may have been affected by depression and anxiety over the past four weeks.

  • Your answers and results will be automatically sent to you by email and remain confidential.
  • Request a free no-obligation consultation with one of our psychologists to discuss your test results and options.

Treating Depression

With appropriate professional treatment and counselling the likelihood of recovery from depression is very good.

  • Talking about your problem with someone you trust is important and a good place to start when seeking help and information.
  • Consult with your General Practitioner (GP) to discuss your symptoms and treatment options.
  • Psychologists can also provide treatment and support to enable your recovery from depression and prevent relapse using evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy.

Most people start to notice an improvement after or about two to six weeks, depending on the type of treatment.

If you are unsure you are suffering from depression and would like to discuss your issues or ask any questions to a psychologist book a free 20-minute consultation and talk to Brisbane City Psychologist today.

Preventing Depression Relapse

Although most people recover from an episode of depression, some may experience a relapse within the following year. It is therefore important to learn how to prevent it from occurring again.

Relapse prevention is about monitoring your mood, identifying your early warning signs and their triggers, as well as developing an effective and proactive plan of action to prevent or minimise its effects.

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Ask for Help

If you feel like you may be suffering the symptoms of depression feel free to call us on  1300 751 204  to ask any questions or make an appointment with one of our Brisbane City Psychologists.