Depression can happen to anyone. One in 20 Australians are affected by depression each year. Understanding the signs and symptoms of depression, how they appear in different people, and where to go to get help are important.
Depression is a common medical condition. It can cause a low mood that doesn't go away and makes us feel very sad or withdrawn. It interferes with the way we go about our everyday lives and can make it hard to cope.
Some people describe it as being in a really dark place that's difficult to come back from. Others describe it as a numb feeling.
It's important to get help to manage depression. There are lots of ways to treat it, and you can feel better.
We can all feel 'down' and being sad sometimes is a normal response to life events. It's part of what makes us human. Sometimes we just feel 'blue' for no apparent reason.
People often incorrectly use the term 'depression' to describe these passing feelings after
Our sadness and depressed feelings usually resolve with time. However, people with clinical depression may become irritable, lose interest in things, and find it hard to cope.
Clinical depression is more than the occasional low mood
If you find yourself having intense, sad or depressed feelings for longer than two weeks, and they start to affect the way you're living life, it's important to find help.
There are many effective treatments for depression, and you can feel better.
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is sometimes used alone for treatment of mild depression; for moderate to severe depression, psychotherapy is
Melange Counselling takes an integrated approach to the treatment of depression. CBT is just one of many methods used in the course of treatment as each client is unique and each treatment plan is tailored to suit what is most helpful for the client.
Psychotherapy may involve only the individual, but it can include others. For example, family or couples therapy can help address issues within these close relationships. Group therapy involves people with similar illnesses.
Depending on the severity of the depression, treatment can take a few weeks or much longer.
Further information about depression can be found in the resources section of this website.