- During the past month, have you often been bothered by feeling down, overwhelmed or hopeless?
- During the past month, have you often found little interest or pleasure in doing things?
A positive response to either of these questions may indicate depression.
What Is Depression?
All people experience some periods of sadness. It is normal to feel low or down occasionally for some days when losses or hard times have occurred. The difference between this and depression is that when you are depressed your happiness seems out of reach and unattainable.
Depression negatively affects how you think, feel, and act. There will be a decrease in functioning at home and work for weeks and months. Your low mood impacts negatively on your sleep, appetite, relationships, and job. You experience sadness and/or a loss of enjoyment in activities that you were once interested in.
Experiencing depression can result in feeling helpless and hopeless. In this state, it can feel like nothing is worthwhile, and that purpose and meaning have left you. When you experience extended feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, and being in a dark, empty place, it is time to seek help.
General Signs and Symptoms:
- Thoughts of death, suicide, or self-loathing
- Struggle with thinking, having focus, or making decisions
- Having negative thoughts such as, “I’m a failure. It’s my fault. Bad things always happen to me. I’m worthless. Life’s not worth living”
- Sad, overwhelmed, irritable a great deal of the time, worried a lot, anxious, disappointed, guilty or worthlessness
- Not going out like you used to
- Not getting things done at home or work
- Isolating from family or friends
- Not finding enjoyment or pleasure in activities, substance abuse
- Tired, sick and run down, unable to concentrate, difficulty sleeping – insomnia or too much sleeping, change of appetite – weight gain or loss. Loss of energy or increase in tiredness
Signs and Symptoms (Specific to Men):
Depression for men can be hard to detect - it can be covered up with excessive working, substance abuse, moving away from their relationships, and reacting in a defensive or aggressive manner towards others.
Men who are depressed will probably talk about physical rather than emotional symptoms.
- difficulty sleeping
- stomach troubles
However, on the emotional symptom side men may say they are stressed and tired. If you feel you or someone close to you has depression, it's important to help them get the assistance they need.
I will help you understand and assist you through your feelings of sadness, despair, and depression. I have assisted people with overcoming grief and loss, life transitions, depression, and feelings of sadness since 1995.
My approach involves evidence-based therapies and counselling methods for depression.
Treatment for Depression:
Counselling or “talking therapy,” is sometimes used alone for treatment of mild to severe depression, though is often used alongside antidepressant medications. Acceptance and Commitment therapy has been found to be effective in treating depression. Depending on the severity of the depression, treatment can take a few weeks or more. Generally significant improvement can be made in 3 to 12 sessions.
If you or someone you know are suffering from depression, it's important to get the help needed for recovery.
“Andrew was wonderful to talk to, very approachable and had good understanding around my issues with some great talking points as well as really good plans for going forward. I'll definitely see Andrew again if I'm in need of assistance.” - anon client.