Depression is a medical condition with emotional, behavioural/cognitive, and physical symptoms. It can have a dramatic impact on your health and well-being.
Are you experiencing feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, anger, shame, restlessness, insomnia, fatigue, oversleeping, or suicidal ideation? Do you have the feeling that life’s problems are too much or too many to deal with? Does it feel like depression is part of who you are, and not just something you are experiencing?
These feelings are not uncommon, and many people experience some degree of depression at some point in their lives. Reaching out for help may feel like desperation, but it is actually a significant step forward. Being willing and open to change and guidance will begin the path to healing.
Most people can handle day to day stress, but if there are a cluster of stressors in a short period of time a person may begin to feel overwhelmed and unable to function in their daily life. This is called situational depression.
People who have always felt low, have a family history of depression or find themselves in a clinical depression with no significant situational cause may have a genetic predisposition to depression. There may be no specific situation that is identifiable as a trigger for the low mood.
There are different treatments for depression. Most often cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is used. This is a complex but well-researched treatment that focuses on challenging negative, and self-defeating thoughts. Other techniques may include mindfulness and relaxation practices. It is strongly recommended that exercise be incorporated into one’s lifestyle and we endorse Yoga practice as well.
Your experience with depression is unique, and a treatment method will be developed specifically to your needs. Within this safe place of experienced professionals, you can lessen the hold depression has on your life.
At Stewart & Associates, we have more than 20 years of experience counselling clients through depression. We help clients reclaim control of their life, and teach them how to deal with internal suffering and external problems as well as finding feelings of worth and meaning in life.
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