Depression and other mood-related disorders are quite prevalent in our society. In fact, one in five of us will experience depression at some stage of our lives. In addition to this, nearly all of us will feel some negative emotion during our lives. The degree we feel this negative emotion can vary. It can be just feeling a little blue for a short period of time, all the way to major depression that lasts for a significant portion of our lives.
Depression can be caused by events that have a negative impact on our lives. For e.g., a death of someone close to us or the loss of a relationship. In some cases the causes may not be that obvious and we may feel depressed for no discernible reason.
Depression Symptoms and Treatment
Some of the symptoms associated with depression include:
- Social withdrawal
- Not enjoying the things we used to enjoy
- Restlessness and/or irritability
- Low or no libido
- Persistent negative thinking
- Low self-esteem
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in sleeping patterns
There are a range of highly effective treatments for depression and a psychologist can help you find the right treatment for you and your circumstances.
If you feel you could benefit from some professional help in dealing with depressive symptoms, contact MindWise Parramatta make an appointment today.