What is depression?
Depression is a condition that affects many people of all cultures and ethnicities throughout their life spans, in varying severities. Depression occurs when one experiences a low mood for an extended period of time. Feeling flat, sad, irritable and pessimistic are common. Depression can often feel as though one may never be able to enjoy life again.
Depression can and often does seriously affect the quality of people’s lives. It is important to recognise that when our emotions are so overwhelming that they are affecting the quality of our lives, it is time to get help.
Depression can present itself in a variety of different ways including:
- a lack of motivation and energy
- persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness
- diminished pleasure in activities
- changes in appetite or eating habits
- changes in sleeping patterns
- feeling overwhelmed, guilty, hopeless and/or worthless
- feeling unable to cope with daily responsibilities
- withdrawal from social circles
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions and/or
- suicidal thoughts
Everyone experiences some of these feelings or behaviours at times; however, when many of these symptoms are present and do not go away, then it is time to seek help.
Can counseling help?
Yes, studies have shown that therapy with a psychologist trained in treating depression does help. Chantal Kayem uses a therapy focussed on resolving what’s at the root of the depression such as negative thought patterns and/or self-talk, stress, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, financial or other problems. Clients also learn effective ways to stop, disengage from and/or change the negative thoughts and behaviours that often take over one’s mind when one feels depressed.
If you are feeling depressed, you are far from being alone. Don’t let depression rob you of your joy, motivation and interest. Chantal Kayem is experienced at helping clients with depression. With her help, you can begin your road to recovery and to live a more content life.