Not everyone who is sad or feels down sometime, has depression. It is only natural that we get upset for various reasons, but the life continues its course and we often forget why we got upset in the first place.
Depression shows its ugly head during a longer period of time, it is more pervasive and multifaceted. It negatively influences the ways how people perceive themselves and their interactions with others.
Unfortunately, depression is a major problem in Australia and around the world. Research shows that one in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime (ABS, 2009), and the World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be number one health concern in all contries by 2030 (WHO, 2008).
Please note that this is a list of the most common symptoms of depression, and it should not be used for self diagnosis or to diagnose others.
If you have some of these symptoms from time to time (e.g. you have poor appetite for one day, or sleep badly one night) it does not mean that you have depression. It is only when these symptoms appear daily for a longer period of time (two weeks or more) when you need to take action and talk to a health professional. I am always here to help and I welcome any questions you might have about depression and its symptoms.
As with any other disorder, I strongly advise people to take action immediately and to not allow depression to advance and become more difficult to treat.
Research shows that antidepressant medication works for most patients, but only as long as the patients continue to take it. When they stop medication, symptoms may reappear. This is because, in my opinion, depression treatment must be tailored around the root causes for each person and practitioners know that there is no standard treatment to be applied to all!!
Many health practitioners advise that psychotherapy should be the main ingredient for a successful treatment of depression. This is based on extensive research and experience and it is especially true when the depression is in its incipient stages and therefore less severe.
For more advanced depression, it is recommended that psychotherapy complements medication, so the symptoms and the root cause are addressed together.
Contact me if you want to find out more about depression, or to make an appointment for a consultation. All sessions are confidential.