We all have times when we feel low and hopeless, but sometimes it can be a sign of depression. For those suffering with depression in St. John’s, NL it is important to know that you are not alone. Therapy for depression can help you examine how your thoughts, behaviours and feelings may affect your low mood and develop a plan to keep you moving forward in a positive manner.
Symptoms of depression can include:
- lack of motivation
- lack of pleasure
- difficulty concentrating
- social withdrawal
- feeling useless, inadequate or hopeless
- thoughts of suicide
Why do people become depressed?
Depression can take many forms and can occur for many different reasons. At times, the cause may be obvious, but usually there are many underlying reasons and factors that result in depression. Some of these may include:
- negative events, including job loss or relationship problems
- bereavement and coming to terms with loss
- childhood experiences like trauma and abuse
- suppressed anger
- loneliness, stress or physical exhaustion
- physical illness, including chronic pain and hormonal imbalances
- heavy drinking
- heavy social media use
Benefits of Depression Counselling and Therapy
Our therapists in St. John’s have helped many people struggling with the symptoms of depression. Working together, depression therapy can help you:
- learn to identify and address symptoms of depression
- learn how to stop negative automatic thoughts
- understand how behaviors can enable symptoms of depression
- learn how you can rebuild happiness in your life
When should I get help for depression?
It can often be difficult to determine if you suffer from depression or if you’re feeling the regular ups and downs of life. Generally, if your symptoms last for more than 2 weeks and you feel depressed most of the day, every day, you should reach out for help.
If your depression is affecting your life to the point where you are considering self-harm or suicide, you need to seek help right away by contacting the local St. John’s Mental Health Crisis Line at 709-737-4668 or toll free 1-888-737-4668.