It’s a fact of life that we will all experience ups and downs, and can sometimes feel bouts of sadness that coincide with stressful or upsetting events in our lives. But if you find yourself feeling hopeless and sad on a regular basis, you may be dealing with a mood disorder – most commonly diagnosed as a form of depression.

Depression Symptoms

The symptoms of a mood disorder vary, but many common symptoms of people who have depression are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usually-enjoyed activities
  • Change in weight or appetite
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased energy
  • Poor concentration of difficulty making decisions

The treatment process for depression varies greatly for each person, and is unique to their needs and type of mood disorder. Generally, psychotherapy and medication are the starting points and then treatment is adjusted as needed. Treatment for depression takes time and commitment, and being treated with medication alone is often not enough. Lifestyle changes and other treatments – including exercize, iet and neurofeedback – all work together to aid recovery.

How can therapy help?

Talk therapy can help people suffering from depression by just simply offering a safe and compassionate space to discuss the challenges one is facing. People who suffer from depression have a strong critical voice that keeps them stuck. Therapy helps people to see through these patterns and to develop skills for self care.

There are many different types of talk based therapies that can help reduce the symptoms of depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) teaches skills to manage the thoughts and behaviours that lead to depression. Mindfulness based approaches support somatic and awareness strategies to regulate emotions and stay present. Biofeedback interventions like EEG neurofeedback or Heart Rate Variability Training teach the body and the nervous system to be in a more balanced state.

Our therapists are trained in different evidence based therapies that will help you feel better. Reach out for a free consultation.

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