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Dealing with Depression

“It (depression) is not a fleeting sadness but a pervasive and relentless sense of despair. A lack of interest in life accompanied by weight loss, loss of appetite, feelings of uselessness and sleep disturbance are some of the more common symptoms. People with depression can’t just ‘snap-out of it’. There can be an array of causes – it can be due to stresses in the home or at work, or it can just come out of the blue. Sometimes family history can be a major factor.”- Professor Scott Henderson


An official definition of depression


Source: World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Depression:


  • Two weeks of abnormal depressed mood

  • Loss of interest and decreased energy

  • Loss of confidence

  • Excessive guilt

  • Recurrent thoughts of death

  • Poor concentration

  • Agitation or retardation

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Change in appetite

Even with mild depression, sufferers often turn to smoking, alcohol, drugs or gambling to anaethetise themselves so that they can forget about their overwhelming problems, even if it’s just for a little while.

Symptoms of Depression


People with depression experience many of the following symptoms for prolonged periods:


sadness, lethargy, helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, difficulties with decisions, memory, concentration, loss of interest, lack of energy, changes to sleep patterns such as difficulty sleeping or staying awake, changes in weight with either significant loss or gain in weight, relationship problems with partners, friends, family, colleagues, isolation, thoughts of death, suicide, anxiousness, unusual fear or feeling panic.  Unresolved depression may lead to anger and aggression, feelings of guilt and low self esteem.

Severe or Major depression 

causes considerable distress or agitation, loss of self-esteem or feelings of uselessness and guilt. We are unlikely to be able to continue with work, social and domestic activities. Severe (or Major) depression usually causes severe enough symptoms for a change to be noticeable by those around us even if we try to mask how we are feeling. A person with major depression will usually experience most, if not all of the symptoms listed above.


Moderate depression

there is usually a detectable reduction in self confidence and/or self esteem which can have a ‘snowball’ effect as we become less motivated and hence less productive. Often we start to worry about things unnecessarily such as performance at work, even if we are managing to maintain our previous standards, or more sensitive and susceptible to feeling hurt or offended within personal relationships.

Mild depression

often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are not considered to be ‘bad enough’ for people to think they may have depression and discuss it with their counsellor.  Accurately diagnosing depression when it is mild, and treating it effectively at this stage can prevent the condition from worsening.

We can help you:

  • For someone who is depressed or anxious, often these behaviours are not easy to live with and cause great distress to close family or friends. As a consequence family and friends often withdraw their support or simply stop trying to help.

  • Most people with depression or anxiety need someone else to help them get the assistance they require.

  • People in the workplace will often feel that it is not their place to comment on someone’s personal problems. Therefore, it is important for employees / employers to recognise this signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety and feel confident to respond appropriately.


  • If someone you know is experiencing Depression or Anxiety, please contact us to reserve an appointment today.  


Some Natural Approaches to Depression

Studies indicate that moods can improve by making positive lifestyle changes such as:

  • Exercise – as little as 15 minutes per day

  • Relaxation and Meditation

  • Tai Chi

  • Sun Exposure for Vitamin D and melatonin production

  • Healthy diet

  • Avoiding Smoking

  • Cutting down on Alcohol and Caffeine

  • Restoration of good Sleeping patterns

  • Complementary medicines such as floral and herbal extracts such as St John’s Wort or fish oil, vitamin B and folate can be beneficial


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