Our counsellors at Curio Counselling work in a variety of different therapeutic modalities (like somatic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, etc.) that can be adapted to best suit your needs and work through your anxiety.
What is Depression?
Depression is a word we sometimes hear in casual conversation. Perhaps someone had a rough week and mentions feeling depressed. Is it true that we can experience sadness, low mood, sorrow, and other challenging emotions from time to time.
What we refer to as clinical depression (also major depressive disorder, or as a part of or in addition to other mood disorders or mental health challenges) has some specific characteristics that differentiate it from feeling down.
Depression often felt most days and for the majority of the day, lasts longer than two weeks, and affects or impairs someone’s ability to function in their daily lives.
Depression can also come in different forms such as postpartum depression, bipolar disorder (depressive phase), seasonal affective disorder, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), among others.
What are the Effects of Depression?
Depression can affect us in many different ways, and each person might experience depression differently. Although people may not experience each depression in the same ways as each other, there are some effects of depression that might be familiar. Some of the common symptoms or effects of depression include:
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, low mood, loneliness, or hopelessness.
- Losing interest in things you used to enjoy or value
- Changes in appetite
- Sleeping changes (sleeping more or less than usual/needed)
- Feeling fatigued, tired, slowed-down, or a general lack of energy
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Problem-solving or decision-making challenges
- Physical symptoms including body aches, headaches, or digestive issues
- Withdrawal or isolation from relationships
- Experiencing guilt, or worthlessness
- Feeling restless, irritated, or agitated
Some people who experience depression may also have thoughts about death or suicide. These kinds of thoughts are not uncommon, but should always be taken seriously.
Reach out to a mental health professional or helpline/distress line if you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, or go to your nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 if there is imminent risk to someone’s life.
How Can Therapy Help Depression?
Counselling can be very effective for managing symptoms and treating depression.
Through therapy, you can learn more about your depression, how it is affecting you, and tools for coping with it.
Therapy may also be helpful in processing some experiences that may be a contributing factor to depression such as traumatic experiences, major life changes, or other mental health challenges.
Certain types of therapy (like cognitive behavioural therapy) can also address negative thought patterns that may come along with or contribute to depression.
Therapy can be a safe place to discuss your experiences and feelings, and to be validated and empathized with, which can be a great starting point for many people on their healing journeys.
Our counsellors at Curio Counselling work in a variety of different therapeutic modalities (like somatic therapy, EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy etc.) that can be adapted to best suit your needs and work through your depression.
Book a free consultation today to take the first steps at managing your anxiety and creating the life you want to live.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Distress Centre (Calgary) at 403-266-4357, or Talk Suicide Canada (Nation-wide) at 1-833-456-4566.
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References & Further Reading
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (n.d.). Depression. https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/depression
Psychology Today. (n.d.). What is depression? https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/basics/depression
Telloian, C. (2021, February 22). All about depression. PsychCentral. https://psychcentral.com/depression/depression#treatment
Schimelpfening, N. (2023, June 16). What is clinical depression? Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-clinical-depression-1067309
American Psychiatric Association. (n.d.). What is depression? https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression