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Depression

Depression TREATMENT MELBOURNE

At our depression clinic in Melbourne, we can help you get the treatment and counselling you need to restore balance to your life.

What is Depression?

Have you ever felt flat, unmotivated, or grumpy? Have you ever felt like giving up more easily? Have you ever felt like wanting to be alone or withdrawing from people? Of course we all feel like this from time to time, and it’s often triggered by a life event such as when something doesn’t go our way. But when it lasts for more than two weeks, it could be a sign of depression.

Diagnosing Depression

There are several types of depression that require counselling, but clinical depression is the most common type. It’s a state that is long-lasting (at least a two-week period), and has a negative impact on a person’s day-to-day life. Clinical depression is when low mood gets in the way of a person’s sleep, eating habits, and normal activities, including work and relationships, and sex life.

Besides clinical depression, the other types are:

  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood
  • Dysthymia
  • Recurrent depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Postnatal depression
  • Depression with psychosis

People in Melbourne and around the world experience depression in many different ways. Some people notice changes in their behaviours, while others notice effects on their mood and emotions, like feeling hopeless and spending more time thinking negative thoughts. Depression is a common but serious illness. Most people who experience depression need treatment at a clinic (psychological counselling and/or medical) to get better.

If you think you may be suffering from depression, it’s a great idea to see your Melbourne GP clinic, who can guide you with diagnosis and treatment.

Causes

People in Melbourne often assume depression is caused by a difficult experience, or some sort of chemical imbalance in the brain. Unfortunately there’s no such simple answer as to what causes depression, because there are usually several factors playing a part.

Everyone has a certain number of risk or vulnerability factors. The more risk factors a person has and the greater the levels of stress on the person, the greater the chance of experiencing depression. This is known as the “diathesis-stress model”. Some of the risk factors associated with depression are:

  • Family conflict (e.g., conflict or dys-harmony with spouse)
  • Being exposed to abuse during childhood (including emotional, physical, psychological or sexual abuse
  • Caring for someone with a chronic disorder or illness
  • Recent death of a family member or friend
  • Family history of depression
  • Physiological changes (changes to body after childbirth, during menopause)
  • Suffering from anxiety
  • Having certain personality traits such as having low self-esteem, dependent, self-critical, pessimistic
  • Having a medical or physical illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs, or prescription medications

Psychological Treatments for Depression

There are several different options for the psychological treatment of depression such as CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Schema therapy. The choice of treatment or counselling at a clinic usually depends on your unique personality type, life situation, and your set of risk factors. For this reason, sometimes an eclectic approach to treatment is preferred, combining appropriate parts of different modalities.

It is important to remember that the treatment modality used is not the most important factor in therapy. The more important factor is the relationship between you and your counselling professional at the clinic. That is, you need to feel you can trust him/her, and it needs to feel like a “real” relationship.

Taking Action

Many people in Melbourne suffer from depression, and there are many factors that contribute to it. It’s not your fault and there’s no need to feel ashamed by asking for help. Working with a counselling professional at a clinic and going at your pace, you’ll learn coping mechanisms which will set a more solid foundation for you as a person. You’ll feel empowered, stronger, and confident in the knowledge that you can handle depression in the future. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak and should not be something to feel scared about. Taking action is a sign of strength and courage.

If you live in Melbourne, we can provide you with the treatment and counselling you need. Please contact us to find out more.