What is depression?

    Depression is more than just feeling sad; it’s a complex and often overwhelming mental health condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), often referred to simply as depression, is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in most activities. It can impact every aspect of daily life, from relationships to work to the simple joys of everyday activities.


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    What are the common symptoms of depression?

    Persistent Sadness

    Individuals with MDD often experience a pervasive feeling of sadness that lasts for most of the day, nearly every day.

    Loss of Interest or Pleasure

    Anhedonia, or the inability to experience joy from activities that were once enjoyable, is a hallmark symptom.

    Changes in Appetite or Weight

    This could involve a significant loss or gain in weight, often accompanied by changes in appetite.

    Sleep Disturbances

    This can manifest as either insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleep).

    Fatigue or Loss of Energy

    People with MDD often feel persistently tired and may have difficulty performing even simple tasks.

    Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt

    They may harbor irrational self-blame or feelings of inadequacy.

    Difficulty Concentrating

    This can impact work or academic performance.

    Recurrent Thoughts of Death or Suicide

    In severe cases, individuals may contemplate or attempt suicide.

    What treatment is available for depression?

    One of the important things to remember is that there is hope and help available. Therapy, which is what you and your psychologist will be working on together, is a powerful tool in managing and overcoming depression. Through your sessions, you’ll explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and work together to develop strategies and coping skills to navigate through this challenging time.

    Additionally, for some individuals, medication can also be an important part of treatment, and you can discuss this as an option with your general practitioner if it feels appropriate for you.
    Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Many people have successfully managed and even overcome depression with the right support and tools.

    How do I seek treatment for depression?

    At Adelaide Psychology & Co, we recognize that seeking therapy for depression is a brave and vital step towards healing. Our experienced psychologists understand the unique challenges that come with this condition and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore and navigate your emotions.
    With a compassionate approach, our psychologists employ evidence-based techniques to help you develop coping skills, gain insight, and rediscover a sense of purpose and joy. Together, you and your psychologist will work towards restoring balance and well-being in your life.
    Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone.

    Take the first step towards a brighter future. Schedule a session with one of our psychologists today.