Of all the mental health problems, depression is the most common. As many as one in five people will experience depression at some stage in their lives. People with depression find it difficult to function and usually no longer enjoy previously pleasurable activities. The difference between a low mood that we all experience from time to time and depression is that people with depression experience a more intense sadness which has no apparent cause. While low mood may last for a day or two, depression lasts for longer periods of time.
So, you may be asking yourself “am I depressed”? You may be surprised at some of the symptoms of depression. Listed below are some symptoms of depression which may assist in determining if you or a loved one may be experiencing depression:
Decreased energy and fatigue
Restlessness and irritability
Loss of appetite or overeating
Insomnia – early morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities
Loss of interest in sex or more than usual interest in sex (having affairs)
Difficulty making decisions or concentrating
Feelings of worthlessness, guilt and hopelessness
Persistent digestive problems, headaches, aches and pains that are unresponsive to treatment
Thoughts of suicide and/or suicide attempts
If you or a loved one have experienced any of the above symptoms and have had the symptoms for longer than 4 weeks there is a good chance you may be suffering depression. If you are concerned that someone you love or know may be suicidal, some warning signs of suicidal thoughts/ intentions can be found in this link: Suicide Information – Click Here
Typical number of sessions required
Depression is a serious condition with devastating consequences if left untreated. The good news is that it is treatable. On average, treatment can take between 6 – 12 sessions.