What is Depression?
Depression is more than just feeling “low”, being “down in the dumps” or “having the blues” – it’s a serious illness. Everyone feels sad, moody or low from time to time. However, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time and sometimes without reason. People with depression find it hard to function every day. They may be reluctant to participate in activities they once enjoyed, or withdraw from friends and family.
Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. According to the World Health Organisation, one in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives.
Some of the symptoms of depression may include:
- Increased irritability and frustration
- Out of character moodiness and/or teariness
- Increased sensitivity to minor personal criticisms
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Absenteeism from work or school
- Wakefulness and insomnia
- Decreased libido
- Increased drug and/or alcohol use
- Slowed thoughts and actions
How can counselling help?
Counselling can help people to recover from depression and prevent future occurrences. It can help identify unhelpful thought patterns that make people vulnerable to depression, and assist in finding new ways of coping with life. Most people recover well from depression and find that life can improve once different coping strategies are learned and put in place.
What do I do if I would like to make an appointment?
If you think you might have depression, there are a number of things you can do.
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Many people choose to see their doctor (GP) first. They will talk to you about treatment options and may refer you to a counsellor (Psychologist or Mental Health Social Worker) under the “Better Access” scheme.
The referral will enable you to claim a Medicare rebate on your counselling fees, and “Better Access” currently provides up to ten rebated sessions per year. Some private health insurers may also provide rebates – please check with your fund.