Depression

Depression is a term we are talking more and more about. There is increasing debate, research and awareness contributing to how we understand its symptoms. For some, and perhaps more traditionally, we have seen depression as a medical condition, a condition associated with chemical imbalance, and as such responsive to pharmaceutical treatment.

 

There is, however, a growing body of hard evidence and opinion that point to social factors being strongly implicated with the pattern of symptoms that we understand as depression.

 

Depression is a word used to describe a whole range of feelings. For most of us it would include feelings of sadness, feeling miserable and unmotivated, or just generally feeling flat. These are not uncommon feelings that we all experience from time to time.

 

The question for us is to what degree are the symptoms being experienced? To what degree are the symptoms interfering with the person's quality of life - and/or the meaning they may derive from their daily activities? We would see treatment as being a useful option when symptoms like these begin to interfere with the way of life the person considers normal, purposeful and productive.

 

The Australian Psychological Society advises that people who may be diagnosed as depressed could be experiencing a range of symptoms that could include:

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Sleeping problems
  • Worrying and negative thinking
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Loss of interest and energy
  • Change in appetite
  • Loss of confidence
  • Feeling guilty and worthless
  • Suicidal thoughts

These days, we understand that the experience of depression is common. We are more aware now that the symptoms we associate with depression are strongly linked with our increasing rates of suicide. Unfortunately, depression is often not recognised or treated. The good news is that current treatments for depression are safe and effective.

 

The two major modes of treatment for depression are psychological and pharmaceutical methods, and it is common for these two approaches to be used in combination. Much of the research that is emerging indicates that psychological treatments have matched, and in some cases exceeded pharmaceutical treatments.

 

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Our approach

 

As a psychological practice, we offer a range of treatments that can be targeted individually or in combination to best suit the client. Importantly, we have found that psychological treatments not only help people to recover, they can also help to prevent a recurrence of the symptoms. We feel it is important for people to learn and to adopt new strategies that not only assist them to identify the symptoms should they begin to re-appear, but give them techniques to address them.

 

Listed alphabetically, our approach to treating depression includes:

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Biofeedback

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Debriefing and defusing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

Hypnosis

Mindfulness

Neuro-feedback

Relaxation and meditation

Solution Oriented Counselling

Thought Field Therapy

Voice Dialogue

 

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