Depression, like anxiety, can be a debilitating mental health issue which affects thousands of Australians every year. It’s not just feeling sad - as we all feel sad from time to time – it’s when you start to feel hopeless and when the future just looks bleak. Depression can occur as a direct result of some sort of loss – maybe loss of a loved one (death or relationship break up) or loss of a job, financial loss – even loss of independence can create a depressive episode for some. Our mental health professionals have helped patients in Greensborough, Ivanhoe, Preston and beyond manage their depression, and we can help you! In other cases – it maybe difficult to understand the cause…but feeling lethargic, changed eating or sleeping patterns (over-sleeping or insomnia), feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, or feeling disengaged with normal pleasurable activities are all symptoms of depression.
Don’t put off counselling any longer If you’re feeling like this like this on a regular basis – it’s time to get some help.
The good news is that depression can be treated very effectively by a variety of therapeutic interventions, so engaging in psychological therapy is usually an extremely successful first step.
Relieve Psychology has a team of highly qualified registered psychologists who are experienced in treating depression. Using a range of therapeutic techniques, our treatment plans are always client-focussed – which means we provide the support, strategies and help to suit you as an individual and get you back up on your feet.
Get the counselling you deserve, today All consultations are confidential, and you will be treated with care, empathy and respect. Our clinic being situated close to areas such as Greensborough, Preston, Ivanhoe and Heidelberg, make it simple for our patients to get the counselling they need, so don’t wait any longer – to make an appointment call (03) 8394 3891 and get some relief! To make an appointment call (03) 8394 3891 and get some relief!
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Q. What is depression? A. Depression is more than the blues or the blahs; it is not the normal everyday ups and downs. When a "down" mood, along with other symptoms, lasts for more than a couple of weeks, the condition may be clinical depression. A serious health problem, clinical depression affects the total person. It can change one's feelings, behavior, physical health and appearance, academic performance, and the ability to handle daily decisions and pressures. Q. What causes clinical depression? A. We do not yet know all the causes of depression, but there seem to be biological and emotional factors that may increase the liklihood that an individual will develop a depressive disorder. Recent research strongly suggests a genetic link to some depressive disorders; depression can run in families. Painful experiences and certain personality patterns such as difficulty handling stress, low esteem, or extreme pessimism about the future, can increase the chances of becoming depressed. Q. How common is it? A. Clinical depression is a lot more common than most people think. It affects 10 million people in the U.S. every year. One-fourth of all women and one-eight of all men will suffer at least one episode or occurance of depression during their lifetimes. Depression affects people of all ages but is less common for teenagers than for adults. Approximately 3-5% of all teens experience clinical depression every year. That means that among 50 of your unit mates, 2 could be clinically depressed. Q. Is it serious? A. Depression can be very serious. It has been linked to poor academic performance, alcohol and drug abuse, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. In the past 25 years, the rate of suicide among young adults and teenagers has increased dramatically; suicide is often linked to depression. Q. Are all depressive disorders alike? A. There are various forms of depression. Some people experience only one episode of depression in a lifetime, but others have several recurrences. Some depressive episodes begin suddenly for no apparent reason, while others can be associated with a difficult life situation or unusual stress. Sometimes people who are depressed cannot perform even the simplest daily activities, like getting out of bed or getting dressed; others go through the motions, but clearly are not acting or thinking as usual. Some people suffer from bipolar depression, in which their moods may cycle between two extremes, from the depths of despair to frenzied heights of activity or grandiose ideas about their own competence. Q. Can it be treated? A. Yes, depression is treatable. Between 80 and 90 percent of people with depression - even the most serious forms - can be helped. Symptoms can be relieved quickly with psychological therapies, medications, or a combination of both. The most important step toward treating depression - and sometimes the most difficult - is asking for help. Q. Why don't people get the help they need? A. Often people don't know thay are depressed, so they cannot ask for or get the right help. Students often fail to recognize the signs of depression in themselves or in their friends. Misconceptions about psychological help can impede a person, as can feelings of shame or pride or extreme self-reliance.