Depression Treatment in Melbourne
You don’t have to struggle in silence.
Over 3 million Australians are suffering depression today
Depression is the most significant mental health epidemic in our generation. One study estimates that up to one in 7 Australians experience depression in their lifetime. Moreover, 3 million Australians are suffering from depression today.
50% of the adult population with depression don’t seek assistance
Can counselling help Depression?
A staggering 50% of the adult population with depression don’t seek assistance. Nevertheless, we know therapy works. The National Mental Health Association estimate that 80% of people who get treatment for depression recover.
So why aren’t we seeking treatment for depression? One reason is we don’t think clearly when depressed. Another is apathy. And some don’t like the label and say they’ll snap out of it “tomorrow”. Also, motivation to do anything, let alone see a therapist is really difficult (hint: try a zoom session from home).
Nevertheless, studies indicate that psychotherapy is better than no treatment.
By talking, and sharing your story with a trained professional, your depression can be a thing of the past.
How long does it take to recover from depression?
Left untreated, depression typically gets worse
Recovery time from depression depends on many variables. Genetics, family history, and life circumstances all play a role.
Nevertheless after 6 to 8 sessions, most people will see significant improvement in their symptoms.
Benefits of Counselling for Depression
Counselling dramatically increases your recovery time. Here are some other benefits:
- Structure and goals
- Finding work that you love
- Working with a relationship issue
- Gain insight into behaviours that contribute to depression.
- Prevent depressive episodes in the future
- Support in making big decisions
What are the symptoms of Depression?
- Low mood
- Change in appetite
- Negative thoughts
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk call 000, Lifeline on 131114, or Suicide Callback service on 1300 659 467.
When these symptoms get to a level where it affects day-to-day activities, such as work, enjoying leisure time and maintaining relationships, it’s probably a good idea to start looking into therapy.
What causes depression?
Often circumstances can cause depression; relationship issues, loss of direction, low self esteem.
Some have a genetic predisposition to depression.
Also, your unique upbringing. For example, a rough relationship with a parent, or being picked on at school.
And of course, perhaps current circumstances may be bringing you down. For example, relationship issues, or loss of direction in life.
And of course post natal or peri natal depression.
Answer these two questions to see if you’re depressed
A study in 2017 found following questions can be an effective assessment tool:
- In the last month, have you been troubled by feeling down, sad or hopeless?
- In the last month, have you experienced little interest or pleasure in doing things?
Answering yes to either of these questions is considered to be an indicator of depression. Also, it’s a reliable indicator to seek out treatment.
Contact us for help with Depression in Melbourne
If you are feeling stuck, I invite you to contact me and make a booking. If you’re struggling to get out of the house, feel free to make a zoom booking as well.
Ready to Make a Change?
If you’d like to make an appointment, please get in touch