Depression is extremely common among Canadians, knowing if you or someone close to you is suffering from depression can be very difficult to face. The first step to getting help for depression to understand you or someone you love is suffering. Depression is not always obvious, to yourself or to someone else. Therefore, it is known as the “invisible illness.” This blog outlines some signs of depression in yourself, or in a loved one.
What Causes Depression?
Depression can stem from a number of areas in an in life. There can be multiple factors that play a role or there can be no triggers at all. Here are some potential causes of why depression may occur:
- If someone in a family suffers from depression, it is more likely that someone else will as well. However it is not guaranteed.
- If the brain endures stress, this is when depression can happen. Therefore, traumatic events can often lead to depression. For instance, abuse, neglect, loss or failure.
- There are some studies which show depression being caused by low serotonin. Which is the chemical in the brain that releases ‘happy’ hormones. In conclusion, there can be no exact cause for depression in the brain. If the brain has a chemical imbalance it is possible to suffer from depression without experiencing any of the other factors.
If You are Depressed:
Have you been experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Wake up tired, even after a long sleep
- Everything you do is a failure
- Low motivation
- Thoughts of self harm
- Low self-esteem/self worth
- Major change in appetite
If someone you Love is Depressed:
Has anyone in your life shown these symptoms:
- Withdrawing from social events
- Keeping to themselves
- Talking negatively about them self on a regular basis
- Outbursts of anger
- Loss of confidence
- Lack of concentration
- Changes in eating habits
Seeking Help for Depression
Whether it is you, or a loved one that is seeking help for depression. It is important to consult with your family physician. Working together with a doctor and receiving counselling, is usually the best approach for depression. Doctors are able to address the biochemistry of depression. Where as, a counsellor addresses depression from environmental aspect (for example, trauma, stress, etc.).
Here at Julie Lewis Counselling and Consulting Inc. you can expect a very warm and non-judgmental approach to counselling. The counselling process is very different for every individual. We provide our clients with counselling strategies such as, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), DBT (Dialectal Behaviour Therapy) and stress management to assist in coping with depression.