Depression is a very common human experience. People can experience a bout of depression that impacts their functioning sometime throughout their lifespan. In fact, the experience of depression does not discriminate.
However, you may have heard of how depression affects other people, especially when they experience this for a long time. They tend to be sad for days without end, and their particular “glow” has vanished. This can be perhaps attributed to a particular experience, or situation, or event that has happened to them. This is why seeking treatment, such as depression counselling is important.
The Two Important Questions
While a psychologist’s list of questions that can help them diagnose depression can be filled with specific queries to a particular person’s state of being, answering these two questions with “yes” generally suggests that a person might have some degree of mood instability:
- Are you feeling blue, sad, or down for the past month, and/or possibly longer?
- Are you slowly losing interest or starting to stop enjoying things that you normally find interesting and pleasurable?
These are signs that you or a friend or a relative should go to a psychologist for professional help. These are categorised with other symptoms, such as:
- Physical symptoms, such as sleep and appetite disturbances, sexual dysfunction or a growing lack of interest in sex, and lack of energy.
- Emotional symptoms such as feeling hopelessness and helplessness, sadness, and excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt.
- Social symptoms such as feeling withdrawn or disinterest in people and social situations, increased irritability, and not receiving enjoyment from socialization unlike before.
- Cognitive symptoms such as problems with memory and concentration, rumination and indecisiveness, negative thinking, and/or even thoughts on suicide and death.
- Behavioural symptoms, such as self- destructive behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, and avoidant behavior.
If you feel as though depression is negatively affecting your life, then our team from Direct Focus Solutions would like to help.
Helping Cope With Depression
The symptoms of depression need assessment through counselling to qualify the severity of the symptoms. For mild to moderate depression, management is usually provided by counselling interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) with mindfulness, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition we find that clients benefit from our programme of home-based “mood shifters” which incorporate movement, nutrition, sleep hygiene, music therapy, ionized air and lots of mindful activities.
For severe depression, treatment usually necessitates a combination of using medication and cognitive behavioural therapies. Many professionals agree that using a “combination approach,” or a mixture of the two, can bring the most efficient results. This is because the combination approach touches on:
- The capability of medication to support neurological functioning and help mitigate physical symptoms including those of appetite and sleep.
- The capability of providing a means for people not to fall into a trough of despair too deep to come back out of
- The development of better problem solving, cognitive, and coping skills through cognitive therapy.
- The development of positive relationships and better interaction with a supportive network of people.
Our practice here at Direct Focus Solutions relies on a wide variety of approaches as we believe treating and helping others deal with their various problems takes a multidisciplinary approach. As such, our team has staff who are trained in various disciplines that could help us provide top of the line psychological services for you. We are able to provide a creative and customised program approach tailored to your needs.
Our Depression Practitioners
Michelle is a Senior Psychologist with experience in depression, anxiety, relationships and a strong focus on self-esteem, transforming limiting thoughts and beliefs and discovering meaning and purpose in one’s life. Michelle works in both private practice and in the corporate sector, providing a depth of experience across personal and work-related issues.