term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these
days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic
First we would assess your symptoms of depression and the effect it is having on your life. We would explore your strengths and challenges to find resources to apply in affected areas of your life. We would explore any historical connections, current stressors, family history and your thoughts, beliefs and actions that influence your ability to “put depression in its place”. You would put these ideas into action and I would be your coach as we discover what works, and what doesn’t for you.
I am neither for nor against anti-depressant use. Each person needs to make an informed decision with their family doctor. I will work with you and your doctor to find the best combination of counselling, support and medication. Research shows that medication can be beneficial, especially when paired with counselling. I can help you learn the skills and strategies you can use lifelong and reduce the need for medication long term.
At any one time, depression will be present for 5% of the people in
Canada. At least 20% of people
will experience depression at one time or another in their lives.
Depression has many causes:
stress, feeling trapped in an unhealthy situation, brain injury,
addiction and withdrawal, dysfunctional thoughts or beliefs, with some genetic loading if there is a family
history of depression. Depression is a growing problem with
children and adolescents, and may not have the same symptoms as with
Depression is a growing problem with children and adolescents, and may not have the same symptoms as with adults.
Typical symptoms of depression are: loss of interest in life, disrupted sleep, negative self esteem, change in appetite with unintentional weight gain or loss, low energy, feeling guilty or worthless, difficult concentrating, thoughts of suicide.
Sometimes depression may be situational: there is an obvious cause in your life (loss of a partner, job, injury, etc.). Once you adjust to the change, then you feel better. Other times depression may be chronic – several episodes, or a constant factor. This is when a long term strategy for healthy thinking and acting is necessary.
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