The word “depression” is often used to describe the feelings of sadness which all of us experience at some stage of our lives. It is also a term used to describe a form of mental illness called clinical depression.
When faced with stress, such as the loss of a loved one, relationship breakdown or great disappointment or frustration, most people will feel unhappy or sad. These reactions are not regarded as clinical depression, but are a part of everyday life.
The term ‘clinical depression’ describes not just one illness but a group of illnesses characterised by excessive or long-term depressed mood which affects the person’s life. Clinical depression is often accompanied by feelings of:
- Depressed mood for most of the day or more days than not
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Too much or not enough sleep
- Low energy and fatigue
- Low self-esteem
- Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Recurrent anger outbursts
- Decreased interest in usual activities
- A sense of being overwhelmed or out of control
- Sad or down in the dumps
If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms counselling can provide you with a safe, supportive and confidential environment to explore your thoughts and feelings. Tools are provided to assist you understand and work through these feelings and provide confidence for a future without depression.
Contact Adelaide Counselling Practice for depression counselling services on (08) 8237 0509.