Depression is a real illness that affects as many as 1 in 5 Australians in their lives. Individuals who experience depression often feel that there is something wrong with them but are reluctant to ask for help as they feel they should be able to ‘just get over it’. It is important to understand that depression is not something that you can ‘just get over’ and you should not be embarrassed to ask for help. There are different levels and types of depression. It can be as mild as a low mood that does not seem to lift or as extreme as feeling like life is just not worth living and having suicidal thoughts. If you are feeling this way or know someone who is, then you need to act and get some help now.
Sometimes depression can be caused by an event in our lives such as a relationship break up or loss of a job. At other times it can be an ongoing, long term condition. Whatever you are experiencing, there is no need to live through it. We are all comfortable to go to the doctor when there is a physical injury that we can see, but many people struggle when there is a mental illness. There is no need to be embarrassed or ashamed by getting help and even those clients that see me reluctantly at first, tell me that they are pleased they took that step. I personally admire those people that are struggling with depression or self-esteem and have the drive to call for help because I know myself how hard that can be.
What are the symptoms of depression?
How do I know if I am suffering from depression?
- I often feel moody
- I am often irritable and quick tempered
- I feel frustrated
- I have little or no interest in social activities
- I have little or no interest in hobbies
- I can’t sleep or I sleep too much
- I feel sad a lot of the time
- I feel that life is hopeless
- I am tired and lethargic
- I feel like nothing can cheer me up
- I feel that everything is an effort
- I find it hard to concentrate
- I worry about everything
If you identify with a few of these then you may be suffering from depression. These are just some of the symptoms of depression and you may experience some or a lot of them. If you are feeling low and can’t shake it then it’s possible you are suffering with depression. Many people struggle with the idea that they may have a mental illness such as depression and they don’t like to admit it in the belief that they should be strong enough to deal with life themselves or they’re too embarrassed to ask for help.
If this is you, then please just trust that at this moment in your life, your feelings are valid but your thoughts may not be constructive and you need to reach out and trust someone else to help you find a way out. I have been there – I understand how low and incredibly hopeless it can seem. There is a way out, you can feel better, and you don’t need to face it alone. I can help you through this. With the help of counselling you can have a rewarding and fulfilling life again. You can reclaim your life.
To learn how I can help you overcome your depression, visit my Depression Counselling page.