Many people are unaware of how common depression is, and do not seek treatment because they are afraid of what others will think. About 1 in 10 Canadians will experience an episode of major depressive disorder (the diagnosis given to those suffering from depression) during their lifetime. Depression is a common condition for which there are many effective treatments, psychotherapy being one of them.
The following are a few signs and symptoms of depression, which vary from person to person:
- NPersistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- NFeelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- NFeelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- NLoss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- NDecreased energy or fatigue
- NMoving or talking more slowly
- NFeeling restless or having trouble sitting still
- NDifficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- NDifficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- NAppetite and/or weight changes
- NThoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- NAches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause
Depression is a real health issue for which help is available. At Newmarket Therapy Centre, we offer a wide variety of treatment options to help you with your depression. Our therapists are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence based tratment for depression, which can help you restructure maladaptive thinking patterns keeping you stuck in an endless loop of guilt, blame, and shame. Sometimes an integrative approach to therapy which includes components of Emotional Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and/or EMDR along with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment, may be helpful for clients who have experienced early attachment deficits with caregivers, childhood abuse or neglect, or other traumatic memories where a body-Mind approach may be required.