Depression Counselling - Seek Help From an Experienced Brisbane Psychologist
According to the National Mental Health Commission, around 13% of Australians over the age of 18 suffer from depression. Being one of the most prevalent mental illnesses, it is important to understand exactly what depression is and how you can find help.
At the Centre for Human Potential, our experienced psychologists can provide targeted and effective depression counselling Brisbane wide to help you get your life back. We want to work with you to challenge your negative thoughts, heal, and find hope and positivity again.
If you are struggling with depression, it’s important to realise that you don’t have to fight it alone. We are here to help, and depression counselling with a dedicated Brisbane psychologist is the first step in your journey towards a happy, healthy life.
What is Depression?
Everyone has both “down” days and days when they feel on top of the world, however, depression is a condition that entails feeling sad and down most of the time for at least a month or more.
It comes in many forms, both minor and major, but all types of depression may have a lasting and damaging effect on your mood, relationships and overall health if not dealt with appropriately.
Sometimes people describe themselves as being “depressed” when they are just going through a rough patch. But depression is more than just “the blues” and is often accompanied by feeling hopeless and tearful most of the time. It is not something that you can just “snap out of” either, so it is important to be able to recognise the symptoms in yourself or a loved one and find the appropriate help through a clinic or depression counselling with a psychologist you can trust.
Depression is most commonly understood as an imbalance in neurotransmitters. This imbalance results in a range of symptoms that indicate clinical depression. Severe depression is frequently associated with thoughts of suicide and can often end up being fatal if the person does not get the necessary assistance.
While it is completely normal to have days where you feel grumpy, sad or down, it is important to know when your “blues” have become problematic and are affecting your normal functioning.
The first thing to look out for is consistently feeling down, or sad, for a period of a month or more. If you are struggling with depression then this depressed mood will also be associated with the symptoms listed below:
Mental and Emotional Symptoms
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
- Feeling empty and/or sad
- Feeling tearful and crying easily at things that don’t normally make you cry
- Feeling hopeless and unable to see a way out of your problems
- Feeling guilty all the time
- Feeling worthless
- Finding it difficult to concentrate – i.e. can’t focus on television programs or books
- Finding it difficult to make a decision about anything
- Finding it difficult to get excited about things that would normally excite you
- Feeling irritable and “snapping” at people easily
- Not wanting to be around other people and preferring to be on your own
- Thoughts about death and/or suicide
- Feeling tired and fatigued
- Finding it difficult to sleep, or sleeping much more than you normally would
- Either a loss of appetite and weight loss, or an increase in appetite and weight gain
- Experiencing your movements as slow, or finding it difficult to stay still
If you are experiencing some or all of the above symptoms, you may be struggling with depression and should seek help as soon as possible. CFHP provides effective depression counselling and other targeted counselling services Brisbane wide to help you overcome your struggle and take back control of your life.
Acknowledging that you are struggling with depression is a very important step in the healing process, and seeking help with a psychologist is the most common (and one of the most effective) forms of depression treatment.
Therapy will more than likely consist of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims to help you recognise your distorted and negative patterns of thinking and assist you in challenging these thoughts, beliefs and attitudes.
In this sense, with just a few sessions of depression counselling in our Brisbane offices, you will be better equipped to make positive changes to your lifestyle. You can make healthier decisions in terms of self-care and relationships, and will find effective and appropriate coping mechanisms that are healthy and adaptive. Many people experience more energy and motivation and often take on their old hobbies and sports again.
As the depression lifts, improvements can also be seen in social and personal relationships, where you are more confident to go out and socialise and are better able to connect with significant partners.
In general, functioning and concentration also improve and before long, you may be experiencing your “old self” again, but this time with a more rational and positive outlook and essential healthy lifestyle changes that will prevent you from relapsing in the future.
If the depression is severe, the main thing to consider in the counselling process is your safety, particularly if you have been feeling suicidal. Please be aware that in some severe cases, hospitalisation and medication will be necessary in order to help stabilise you and ensure you are not a danger to yourself.
While it is strongly recommended that you seek professional assistance from a psychologist through depression counselling, there are many ways in which you can also help to manage your depression on your own. These methods include:
Find supportive relationships
Surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive. If you are in an unhealthy or harmful relationship, perhaps it is time to rethink this relationship and its benefits to you. It is always helpful to be able to share your experiences with a trusted partner, friend or family member.
Get into a routine
When you feel depressed, it is easy to let one day slip into another. Make sure you get into a routine of healthy sleep cycles, exercise routines and healthy balanced meals.
Eat healthy, mood-boosting foods
Do not resort to baked goods full of empty carbohydrates. While carbs are certainly good, opt for complex carbs such as wholegrain bread and pasta. Potatoes and oatmeal can also boost serotonin (the chemical responsible for stabilising your mood). Make sure you are getting enough vitamin B with leafy vegetables and citrus fruits. Most importantly: do not skip meals, and make sure you maintain your blood sugar level by avoiding refined sugar and high GI foods.
Find some time to exercise
Prioritise some exercise every day. While depression makes you feel lethargic and fatigued, the best way to kerb it is with exercise. Try to go for a brisk walk every day – not only will you get some blood flowing, but the fresh air will do you good as well.
Take on your responsibilities
When you are feeling depressed, the natural inclination is to pull back from your duties and responsibilities. Try to stay involved and active. Continuing with your normal routine and accomplishing the tasks you set out for yourself will contribute to a general sense of achievement that can serve to lift your spirits.
Challenge negative thoughts
Depression tends to put a negative spin on almost everything you think and feel. Try to challenge some of those negative thoughts and replace them with more rational and positive ones. Developing some positive self-talk will also help you feel better about yourself and the world around you.
Do something new
Being depressed often means being stuck in a rut. Although you feel quite listless and are lacking energy at the moment, try to do something different in your day that shakes things up a little. The more you do, the more energy you may generate until you are trying out a new hobby and experiencing some excitement again.
Try to have fun
If nothing seems fun anymore – that’s the depression talking. Keep trying to do the things that bring you enjoyment. Losing hope and giving up will only make you feel worse.
You’re Not Alone – Speak to Someone Today
If you constantly feel overwhelmed by life and think depression counselling can be of benefit to you or someone you love, feel free to get in touch and talk to our psychologist Brisbane team about depression treatment.
You don’t have to fight the battle alone, and you can get your life back. Our depression counselling Brisbane wide is available to help you take the first step in the right direction.