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Depression

What is Depression?

While everyone can experience periods of sadness, depression refers to when people feel sad or low most of the time over an extended period of time. Clinical Depression can influence a person cognitively, emotionally and physically. This can impact greatly on a person’s day-to-day life, their ability to engage in simple activities, and how they interact in relationships.

What Causes Depression?

Depression can be caused by one or a combination of the following factors:

  • A genetic predisposition to developing depression.
  • Situational factors or events.
  • A chemical imbalance.
  • Certain personality factors may lead a person to be more prone to depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Whilst depression is experienced differently between people, the main symptoms of depression include:

  • Low or flat mood
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Reduced motivation
  • Reduced energy levels
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • A sense of hopelessness and/or helplessness
  • Poor concentration and short-term memory
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Reduced or elevated appetite
  • Loss of libido
  • Excessive worrying and negative thinking patterns

How Can Depression be Treated?

Most treatments for Depression involve psychological therapy, medication or a combination of these two approaches. Medication is particularly indicated if a chemical imbalance is causative.

Psychological therapy for depression involves developing an understanding of the factors contributing to and maintaining a person’s depressed state. This may involve talking through any events that have triggered the depression. Therapy will also involve looking at patterns of thinking that may be maintaining depressed moods, setting goals to increase meaningful activities, and possibly learning new skills (e.g. decision making, problem solving, assertive communication).