Are you feeling down all the time, struggling to get out of bed, don’t feel motivated to do the normal everyday things? Perhaps you feel constantly sad, irritated and you don’t feel like socialising at all You could be experiencing depression if these feelings have continued for more than a few weeks.
When you see one of our counsellors and start learning more about what is happening and why then there is a good chance of improving your moods. Feeling better again means less time lost at work or school and more time for healthy relations and activities that make us feel good.
Depression can affect your feelings, thoughts and your body. It can interfere with normal functioning during everyday life. It can affect your relationships with family, friends, partners and colleagues.
Depression can affect men, women and children. It is not the same as feeling sad for a few days. You don’t just snap out of it as you some people may tell you. Sometimes even willpower will let you and everything seems bleak with nothing to look forward to. This is a good time to talk with a counsellor about your feelings, thought and behaviour and to learn coping strategies and how to manage your depression. That will help to get your life back on track and to start make you feel good again.
As Beyond Blue reports, in Australia, it’s estimated that 45 percent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.
Symptoms of Depression
Some symptoms to be aware of include:
• Withdrawing from family, friends and colleagues
• Becoming more housebound
• Poor sleep patterns
• Lack of motivation
• Significant increase or decrease in appetite
• Not looking after personal hygiene or appearance
• Decline in performance at work
• Not being able to concentrate
• Suicidal thoughts
• Anxious or panicky thoughts
• Flat mood
• Sudden mood changes
• Sudden change in spending habits
In some cases, feeling depressed may be due to the abuse of drugs or alcohol, or when experiencing a major life event such as the death of a loved one, divorce or separation. The use of drugs and alcohol can in fact be both a cause of and a symptom of depression. If these symptoms persist then counselling with our therapists can help. Our therapists allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.
For Urgent Depression Help
If you feel that the matter is urgent, please contact any of the following organisations.
Emergency services 000
Mental Health Triage 131 465
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Lifeline – 13 11 13
Kids HelpLine – 1800 55 1800
Suicide Call Back service – 1300 659 467
Depression Counselling at Adelaide Counselling Practice
Our counsellors are kind, caring and understanding. We can help you manage your depression by using evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy & Acceptance Commitment Therapy. These therapies coupled with exercise, healthy nutrition, relaxation & good sleep can be extremely effective.
We can help you break out of that stuck phase and get back to loving life again. It is possible to access your passions, regain positive relationships and become more energetic and feel more positive.
We are centrally located in Carrington Street, Adelaide. Our counsellors and psychotherapists are highly trained and experienced in using depression counselling techniques that have been proven to work.
Adelaide Counselling Practice is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and are affiliated with Bupa, Medibank Private, Police Health Fund and Doctors Health Fund. You could be eligible to obtain rebates from these private health funds.
With a dedicated counsellor and the right support, therapy and guidance it is possible to alleviate and manage depression. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
If you or a loved one are depressed or are not their usual self, contact us online at Adelaide Counselling Practice or by phone (08) 8237 0509.