Depression

Depression

Professionals helping people recover and thrive

Life is a process of ups and downs and during these down phases everything seems too much to cope with. Our professional therapists are highly skilled and experienced in assisting and supporting you during these difficult, and often challenging times.

Depression can be an overwhelming experience, and it often raises the question about how much is really understood, and known about this experience. Although a common diagnosis made by our medical profession, it remains challenging to assess and treat accurately. Depression has been placed in the category of mental illness, something we suffer from, which needs to be treated with medication. The diagnostic category considers a range of symptoms:

  Cognitive and physical lethargy

  Mental rumination

  Loss of concentration and/ or motivation

  Chronic negativity and pessimism

  Feelings of worthlessness and personal inadequacy

  Sadness

Another view on depression is one of an experience/s in our lives, with its foundation in:

  Loss/grief, bereavement

   Sadness/fear/anger

  Remorse

  Guilt

  Neglect

  Trauma

  Loneliness/isolation

Experiences which may touch us all, in some significant point and/or moment of our life span and development. Lets for a moment consider the experience of loss/grief. Depression and grief are two sides of the same coin. When labelled as depression we may feel we have no control about what is happening to us, and the need to rely on an external source, such as medication to ‘fix’ us. When labelled as the experience of grief, we are validating what is a natural occurrence in human life when we lose what is loved, precious and valuable to us. This can empower us to move through our pain, establish a new sense of meaning in our life, and reconnect with those around us.

Depression is a complex issue and there are several choices in the treatment of depression. Seeking out the right combination is imperative. There can certainly not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach, especially in the area of mental health.

We need to understand the importance of seeking a diagnosis from a medical professional, who is educated and trained in the area of mental health. A willingness to discuss different options of support allows for an informed decision around available support options. Considering how these support options could impact other areas of life, such as work and study, or even future plans, needs to be taken into account. Medication may be one option of support, combined with the option of counselling support.