Depression is the second most common mental health issue in Australia after Anxiety. Depression is linked to changes in people’s mood, thoughts and behaviours. Common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling unhappy or miserable
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Thoughts of suicide
- Negative and self-critical thoughts such as “I am a failure” or “people would be better off without me”
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Not wanting to engage in activities you once did
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty experiencing pleasure or joy
- Poor concentration
- Sleep difficulties
- Substance abuse
Depression results from a combination of factors in a persons life. Some of these factors include but are not limited to adverse early life experiences, personality factors, dealing with chronic pain or illness, issues with identity or self-image, interpersonal conflicts/difficulties, being trapped in an abusive cycle, long-term isolation or loneliness, and substance abuse.
There are a range of different therapeutic approaches that psychologists use to understand and treat depression. By exploring the unique factors that have contributed to your symptoms, at Mindwell we can help you gain insight into these underlying factors, identify triggers, develop ways to cope and make changes.