Depression

Although people often use the expression, “I’m so depressed”, clinical depression is much more than simply feeling the blues for a few days.  Clinical depression affects mind, body and spirit.  While it has serious impact on one’s life, it is most certainly treatable.

Depression is more common than you might think.  It has been estimated that every year, 1 in 20 Canadians, or about 1.5 million people will report that they have either a form of depression or an anxiety disorder. Both men and women experience depression, however research has shown that women are twice as likely to have an episode of depression.  In fact, one in eight women will develop depression at some point in their lifetime and often between the ages of 25 and 44. Moreover, 1 in 10 women who have given birth to a child will experience post-partum depression in the months following this event.  Women in transition to menopause are also at risk for depression.

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Signs and Symptoms of Depression

The symptoms of depression can include:

  • depressed mood (feelings of sadness and loss)
  • loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed
  • significant changes in weight (weight gain or loss)
  • changes in sleep (either sleeping too much or too little)
  • changes in energy (either feeling restless or lethargic)
  • loss of energy (constantly feeling tired)
  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt (negative thinking)
  • problems with concentration
  • withdrawal from friends and family
  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you have experienced at least five of the above symptoms for more than two or three weeks, you may be experiencing depression.

What To Do If You are Depressed

  • See your doctor or mental health services at your local hospital to discuss symptoms
  • Find a qualified therapist to assist with recovery and to address related issues that may be contributors to depression (low self-esteem, childhood/adult trauma, illness, chronic stress, job loss, divorce, shame and guilt, negative thoughts, inability to say no, etc.)
  • Reduce stress where possible
  • Engage in self-care strategies (connect with a good friend, walk on the beach/nature, listen to calming music/mediation/mindfulness tools, read a good book, do some gentle exercise, eat healthy meals…..)

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

Major depression can be a very dark and painful experience.  It impacts every aspect of life and over time we tend to withdraw from everyone and everything that once held some pleasure and meaning.  We grind to a halt and yet our mind continues to ruminate; we feel anxious and cannot seem to find a way out. Family and friends may offer advice and express their frustration or concern and this only adds to our feelings of failure and defeat.

Many people do not seek treatment and suffer with the symptoms of depression for many months or even years.  Depression is treatable and most often there is some improvement within a few weeks of professional help!

Maybe you haven’t sought counselling because you’ve always seen yourself as capable, strong and able to push through and figure things out. Or, perhaps you have been the one in life to help others or have overcome significant adversity already. Maybe, you just didn’t realize that you are experiencing many of the symptoms typical of depression.

There are many reasons why people develop depression. A professional counsellor can provide a safe and supportive place to explore factors that may have contributed to your depression and together come up with a treatment plan for recovery. Change is possible – experience peace of mind, positive relationships, and a meaningful life!

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References:

Public Health Agency of Canada – What is Depression?
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cd-mc/mi-mm/depression-eng.php

Women’s Health Matters
http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/health-resources/mental-health/depression/depression-in-women/

All About Depression
http://www.allaboutdepression.com/