Seeing the signs of clinical depression

23 March 2016

Clinical depression is more than just a low mood or feeling sad, it can severely impact your emotional and physical health. It can be intense, long-lasting, and impair everyday functioning.

Around one in five people will experience an episode of clinical depression.

What can cause clinical depression?

  • Family history of depression
  • Prolonged emotional stress
  • Inadequate social support
  • Unhelpful personality attributes (such as limited coping strategies and destructive behaviour)

Recognising the symptoms of depression

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in most activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleeping disturbances
  • Decreased energy and motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Thoughts of suicide

Treating clinical depression

Mild to moderate depression can be effectively treated with psychological therapy. However, severe cases may require both psychological therapy and pharmacological treatments.

Psychological therapy can help someone with clinical depression learn new coping strategies, make positive lifestyle changes, regain self-esteem, build resilience, and improve his/her health and wellbeing.

Our clinical psychologists are highly skilled in the treatment of depression. Call us to discuss treatment options.

By the team at Seed Psychology

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