DEPRESSION IS COMMON
Depression is a serious illness that affects approximately 1 in 4 Australians and a similar proportion of the population in other western countries. The way depression affects people can vary from mild cases to very severe cases. The most frightful cases will leave sufferers feeling so despondent that they end up thinking that their lives are worthless and that they are a burden to others. This type of severe depression will often lead people to think that they would rather be dead, or to begin to plan and even attempt suicide.
Fortunately in our society, depression is becoming more readily recognized and more and more is being done to help people. If you are feeling depressed you do not have to suffer alone. Counselling with a professional psychologist or counsellor can help you overcome your depression.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
The symptoms of depression include:
- general feelings of sadness and a lack of capacity for experiencing joy
- difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
- changes in appetite
- lack of motivation
- feelings of worthlessness
DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC LOW LEVEL DEPRESSION OR MORE SEVERE DEPRESSION?
There are two main diagnosable types of depression. These are known as:
A) Chronic Low Mood or Dysthymia and
B) Major Depressive Disorder.
Dysthymia is a mild form of depression, but extremely long lasting. People with Dysthymia tend to feel a bit down most if not all of time. If you suffer from dysthymic depression then you will generally be able to function quite well in your life, but you won't get much pleasure from it. People with dysthymic depression often can't really enjoy the things in life which should be joyful, like the birth of a new baby, or success at work.
Major Depressive Disorder describes people who are not usually depressed, but who have a sudden change in mood which leaves them in a significantly depressed state. If you are depressed then you should visit a Doctor or licenced mental health professional.
HELP FOR DEPRESSION
If you are depressed then you should visit a Doctor or licenced mental health professional. Counselling with a qualified Psychologist, Counsellor or Psychotherapist can help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life, both personally, at work, and in your relationships.
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