Depression Counselling at Psychologist Melbourne

Depression Counselling Psychologist Melbourne

When you are living with depression, you have a low mood that affects your daily life, making it hard to go about your day-to-day activities. Depression can be difficult, not just for you, but also for those around you. Despite this, people wait a long time before going for depression counselling and therapy. Many brush aside their problems as trivial until they find themselves struggling with their emotions and feeling unable to cope.

Depression is treatable, but seeking help early is important. The earlier you recognise depression for what it is, the easier will be the recovery.

Treatments for Depression

Visiting your primary care provider is often the first step. Your doctor may recommend self-help, anti-depressants, or a referral to a counsellor or a psychologist. Some people do not like the idea of taking medication, others may be at a loss as to which approach to take – depression often prevents people from making decisions. Talk about your concerns to your GP or to your loved ones and let them help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Start by helping yourself

  1. Don’t keep bad news to yourself. Tell a close friend or family member. Talking or even crying is the first step to healing.
  2. Eat regular meals. Depression makes you lose weight and you lose essential nutrients, especially vitamins. Remember to consume fresh fruit and vegetables.
  3. Staying active. Go outdoors for a walk or for some exercise. Even if you don’t feel like working, staying active is good. Do any activity that is a part of your usual routine.
  4. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Alcohol and substance abuse makes depression worse. You may feel better for a while, but the effect doesn’t last. Drinking prevents you from dealing with your life issues and getting the right help. Not to mention, it is also detrimental to your physical well being.
  5. Sleep. Depressed people often struggle with insomnia. Watch TV or read a book while you’re lying in bed. You will feel less anxious once your mind is occupied. You will find yourself slowly relaxing and will be able to get some sleep.

Antidepressants

If your depression has been going on for a long time or is severe, your general practitioner may prescribe you some antidepressants. Antidepressants help people become less anxious and to cope better, in order that they are able to handle their problems. Generally, for people with severe depression, antidepressants are prescribed along with counselling. Psychotherapy, after improvement of mood with antidepressants, can help people to work on life issues that might otherwise make them depressed again.

Depression counselling and other talk therapies

People with mild to moderate depression find talk therapies like Depression Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), bereavement counselling, and group therapy very effective.

However depressed you are, simply talking about your problems and emotions can be beneficial. You will find it a relief to talk about your feelings to someone. It could be hard to tell everything even to partner or your best friend. On the other hand, when you go for depression counselling, you will see that it is easier to convey your thoughts to a counselling psychologist or therapist. Depression counselling sessions generally last about an hour and depending on the severity of your depression, a person may require anywhere from 5 to up to 30 counselling sessions.

When people are grieving for someone close to them, it is not uncommon to become depressed. A bereavement specialist can help you talk about your loss and move on.

Sometimes, apart from life events, it is the way a person thinks that could be the cause of depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) enables a person to identify these negative lines of thought and develop helpful ways of thinking and reacting.

In Group Therapy, people with similar issues (such as disability, dealing with one’s own or partner’s addiction, etc.) come together and share their experiences. Finding that you are not alone, that others too have gone through depression, and learning how they have combated against depression can help you overcome yours. Group therapy can also help you transform the way you behave with other people. You get the opportunity, in a supportive space, to learn how people perceive you, and get to find numerous ways of interacting with others.

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If you are seeking help with depression, our psychologists are here to assist you in exploring underlying issues through therapy. Please call 03- 9820 5577 for an appointment or to make enquiries. Or, fill the contact form to leave a message and we will call you back.

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