The feelings associated with depression can be unsettling for many people. The good news is that, these feelings are ‘normal’ when you are depressed and with some help from a psychologist and some input from you, these symptoms should eventually fade.
The symptoms associated with depression may include some of the following:
- Disinterest in pleasure
- Reduced sex drive
- Weight gain or loss
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping or waking up
- Feeling slowed down
- Tired all day
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Concentration difficulties and/ or making decision
- Thoughts of wanting to kill your self
If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of wanting to harm your/them self, others or kill your/them self it is VITAL that you contact your treating psychologist (if you currently have one), your GP, contact Life Line on 131 114 or click on this link Suicide Line. You can also attend the emergency department at your closest hospital. There will be someone there who can and wants to help you.
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. Depression can take on many forms and may occur as a result of many factors. There are different types of depression with often slightly different symptoms that may require different treatments. Some of the types of depression we see at New Leaf Psychology are below.
The occurrence of depression is more than just a low mood, for example in major depression, a depressed mood occurs for at least two weeks without a break. This period is very unsettling and clients often feel that their mood will never recover and nothing will ever feel ‘good’ again. If you have this experience, it is important to see your GP or consult a qualified health professional as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will become to overcome your symptoms. Click here for our contact details to call and book an appointment.
Mixed Depression and Anxiety
Sometimes clients have depressive and anxiety symptoms together. This combination of symptoms can be very confusing as you may feel depressed and anxious at the same time and be unsure why. Again, if you have this experience it is important to see your GP or consult a qualified health professional as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will become to overcome your symptoms. Click here for our contact details to call and book an appointment.
Antenatal & Post Natal Depression (PND) – (mums and dads)
Adjusting to life as a new parent can be difficult. In fact, for many couples, having a baby is one of the most significant life-changing events they will ever experience. Adjusting to this major life change, as well as coping with the day-to-day stress of a new baby, can result in one parent or both developing depressive symptoms, particularly if they’ve experienced depression in the past.
More commonly, it is the mums who experience and seek treatment for Antenatal & or PND symptoms, however, dads can be just as vulnerable to symptoms of depression during this life changing time.
At New Leaf Psychology we believe it is important to take care of both mum and dad with a whole family approach to treating PND. Click here for our contact details to call and book an appointment.