Depression is so much more than just feeling ‘sad’. Depression affects your energy levels, your confidence, and how much you can enjoy the things that used to make you happy. When you’re feeling down, when your motivation is low, and when you might not even think you’re ‘worth it’, it can be very challenging to improve without help from a professional. Left untreated, depression can take away your relationships, your ability to work, and your enjoyment and engagement with life.
Do you struggle with feeling down and tired all the time?
Wondering what's the point or feeling as though it's all too hard?
Sage & Sounds Depression Counselling can help.
What is Depression?
Common symptoms of depression
Depression can be sneaky – slowly eroding your confidence and enjoyment of life in a whole variety of ways. Wondering if you have depression? Check in with yourself and see how many of these symptoms feel familiar.
- Feeling guilty all the time and beating yourself up for little mistakes
- Feeling overwhelmed by day to day life
- Losing your self-confidence and the ability to try new things
- Wanting to avoid friends and family, but not wanting to be alone with your thoughts either
- Thinking you’re not worth it and so dropping out of hobbies, exercising etc.
- Feeling like your brain is in a fog, and you can’t think straight
- Difficulty concentrating on work/study
- Withdrawing from close family and friends
- Numbing your pain with alcohol, drugs, food or endless tv/scrolling
- Eating a lot more, or less, than usual
- Feeling tired no matter how much you sleep
- Not leaving the house/bed unless you really have to
- Not letting others know just how bad it is inside your head because you don’t want to burden them
If you recognise some or many of these symptoms, take the first step towards feeling good again by booking an in-person or online depression counselling session with one of Sage & Sound’s therapists.
Types of Depression
There are several different types of depression, but the most common are:
Major Depressive Disorder
A form of depression that comes in ‘episodes’. During the episode, you experience the symptoms of depression noted above. With treatment/time, the episode ends and you return to your previous levels of enjoyment, excitement etc.
Dysthymia (chronic low self-esteem)
Dysthymia is a form of depression that is milder than major depressive disorder, but which lasts for several years. If you have dysthymia, you may feel that ‘you’ve always been this way’ and that ‘happiness is for other people, not me’. You tend to expect that your life will turn out poorly and easily find problems/reasons to give up in new situations.
Seasonal or Hormonal Depression
Instead of depression symptoms coming in episodes, symptoms change depending on the time of year (usually increasing in intensity in the winter months). Women can experience big changes in their mental health according to the phases of the menstrual cycle.
Bi-polar depression is a type of depression where the periods of low mood, motivation etc. are interspersed with times of great energy, euphoria, impulsiveness and creativity.
Post-natal/ Perinatal/ Post Partum Depression
Depression symptoms which begin during pregnancy or up to one year after the birth of your baby. Can happen to both mothers and fathers.
You can learn more about whether you may be suffering from one of the depressive disorders by completing this checklist.
Getting Help For Depression
How do you know who to speak to about depression?
Whether you choose to see a Psychiatrist or Psychologist for your depression will depend on the severity and duration of your symptoms.
What’s the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?
A psychiatrist can prescribe medication to manage symptoms of mental health conditions such as major depressive disorder, because they are a doctor who has specialised in the medical treatment of mental health. A psychiatrist is usually needed when working with complex mental health conditions that require medication as part of treatment (for example bi-polar depression). Not everyone who experiences a depressive disorder will need to see a psychiatrist, as some people choose not to use medication and some have their medication prescribed by their general practitioner.
A psychologist is trained to deliver depression counselling which is ‘evidence based’. This means the techniques used have been tested scientifically, and shown to help alleviate depression symptoms. Therapies for depression symptom management include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). A psychologist is not trained in medicine and cannot prescribe medication.
Sage & Sound counsellors also provide depression counselling which is evidence based, including CBT and ACT approaches to treating the condition.
If you’re not sure whether you’d benefit from counselling or psychology sessions , then book in using the ‘mental health check up’ option (click here for more info on mental health check ups).
How we can help you
Managing your symptoms with depression counselling at Sage & Sound.
Depression can be treated with a range of different strategies. The biggest challenge with depression is beginning, because the symptoms of depression make it a challenge to seek help.
But once you get started, you’ll start to see real, lasting changes.
Sage & Sound’s caring, practical team of experienced Brisbane psychologists and counsellors will work with you to help you understand how depression takes hold, and teach you how to break out of these patterns, until you’re feeling like your old self again (or even a better self!).
Some of the strategies you’ll learn include:
- Specific techniques to overcome a lack of motivation
- How to challenge and move beyond self-critical thinking
- How to answer the question ‘what’s the point?’ so you can move forward with your life again
- What daily activities you need to have in place to reduce the chances of experiencing depression again
- How to set and accomplish achievable goals
- Learning how to manage depression symptoms in this practical, self-directed and strategies focussed way gives you a higher chance of preventing symptoms of depression from taking hold of you in the future.