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Depression Help Perth
1 in 7 Australians will experience depression in their lifetime. Its nothing to be ashamed of and it doesn't mean you are weak or there is something wrong with you. Our Perth Psychologists use a combination of CBT and depression counselling to help you manage your concerns.
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 causes 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.
What are some 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Emotional symptoms include feelings of worthlessness, feeling withdrawn from family and friends, feeling sad or “down” throughout the day and a loss of interest in day-to-day activities.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.
Our approach to Depression Treatment
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.
While a lot of our peers might be against medication, we do recognise its importance in certain cases.
Online Test (K10)
You can take the Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) test online to help you examine your likelihood of experiencing depression. If you have visited a GP to get a mental health care plan and referral to a psychologist in the past, 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. Please also remember that no simple online test can diagnose you, this is only intended to give you a rough idea of your own situation.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help with Depression, or have any other questions, our Perth based Psychologists are ready to help.
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