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Get help with depression From our Perth Psychologists

We are two psychologists who see clients from our practice in the heart of Perth City. Over the years we have helped many people with depression. Scroll down to learn more about depression and how we can help.

Member of the Australian Psychological Society

256 Stirling Street, Perth WA 6000 • TEL 1300 059 666

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What is Depression ?

Almost all of us have experienced feelings of sadness, “down” or low moods, and disappointment throughout our lives. Depression however, is a far more complex and deeper issue and refers to a range of low moods and symptoms that are exaggerated and intense, last longer than normal and generally cause distress to the person suffering from them. These symptoms also interfere with a person’s day to day activities and relationships. If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from seeking professional help.

What are the causes of depression ?

You might often have heard the phrase that depression is caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain. This is largely inaccurate and overly-simplifies the condition. In reality, depression can be caused by a number of factors including issues with mood regulation, repeated or prolonged exposure to stressful (and distressing) life events, genetic predisposition and as a side effect of certain medications or drugs.

Depression symptoms

Individuals show depression symptoms in different ways. These symptoms can appear both physical and emotional. Physical symptoms of depression include low energy, insomnia or constant tiredness, fluctuations in weight or appetite (abnormally low or high), feelings of uneasiness and an inability to sit still, low sex drive and back pain or headaches. 

Emotional symptoms include feelings of worthlessness, feeling withdrawn from family and friends, feeling sad or “down” throughout the day and a loss of interest in day-to-day activities. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it should give you a general idea of depression symptoms. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms or feeling sad or down for more than 2 weeks, it might be helpful to speak to a professional.

How can depression therapy help ?

As noted above, depression is caused by a wide range of factors. As such, it is important in your sessions that we get to the real root of the issue in order to best guide treatment. Depression therapy typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy although the specifics would largely depend on your particular circumstances. In more severe instances, medication might be recommended as well as a referral to a psychiatrist. 

It is worth noting that some people find it highly effective to engage in therapy concurrently with medication to both identify and work out the root cause of the issue in order to maximise the chance of long-term success. 

Depression & Anxiety Test (K10)

You can take the Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) test online to help you examine your likelihood of anxiety problems. If you have visited a GP to get a mental health care plan and referral to a psychologist in the past, it is likely you might have been administered the same test. Visit the site using the button below to learn more and take the anxiety test. Do make sure you read all instructions carefully.

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NEED URGENT HELP ?

Call Beyondblue at 1300 22 4636 to speak to a trained mental health professional 24/7.

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