Depression Definition (Depressive Disorder)

What is Depression?

Depression is characterized by feeling down mentally, emotionally and physically. It is not a passing state of the blues. It is not something that someone can willfully snap themselves out of.

Depression DisorderThe symptoms of depression can be long-lasting or recurrent. They can last for as long as a day, a week, a month or even years.

Many people have described their depression to me as a frightening, deep black hole that they felt hopelessly and powerlessly stuck in with no way out.

Once they have found their way out, they often express a fear of ending up ‘back there’ and display a strong willingness to do what it takes to avoid a relapse into depression.

When depressed, people may struggle to function at work or school or cope with daily life.

The symptoms of depression include:

  • lose of interest in things they used to enjoy,
  • social withdrawal,
  • feeling sad,
  • tiredness and fatigue,
  • pessimism,
  • worthlessness,
  • helplessness,
  • thoughts of death or suicide,
  • insomnia and sleep disturbances,
  • lack of appetite or increased appetite,
  • trouble concentrating and remembering,
  • anxiety and so on.

Causes of Depression

  • Depression may have no known cause.
  • Depression can be the result of a traumatic or highly stressful life event.
  • Depression can be brought on by the birth of a child – post-natal depression
  • Depression may be a symptom of a medical disorder such as bipolar disorder.
  • Depression can also be the result of some medicines or medical treatments.

Clinical depression is a serious illness that can be reliably diagnosed and treated.

The symptoms of depression generally react positively to treatment and there are a range of non-pharmaceutical treatments available.

The therapy I use and recommend with my clients is counselling and the Tomatis Method of sound therapy. The two combined work synergistically to bring about a faster more long-term result. Counselling works on the mind and the emotions and provides practical strategies and techniques that can be tailored person by person. Tomatis sound therapy works on energizing the brain – specifically the limbic system and the cortex. The parts of the brain involved in emotion, mood and mood regulation. At the same time it has a calming effect on the nervous system often retraining the nervous system to calm down from a hyper state of anxiety. Recovery can take time but most sufferers of depression do find it possible to return to a state of happiness and wellbeing.

To find out more about how I can help you or your loved one overcome depression, please give Your Mind Place a call on: 0437 048 833.

I am available in person and Australia-wide via phone or skype.

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