Feeling sad? Tired and fatigued all the time? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of life? Have you lost your zip?

Do you wonder if you might be depressed?

First of all, know that you are not alone and that there is help. Statistics Canada reports that 1 in 10 Canadians will experience an episode of major depressive disorder during their lifetime. 1 in 10 individuals between the ages of 15-24 currently meet the criteria for depression.

Depression is a real health problem and it is important to get the right treatment. Only 1 in 3 people who experience a mental health problem or illness report that they have sought and received treatment. Seeking counselling is a courageous first step in getting the help you deserve. By taking this initiative you are 50% of the way there. I can help you with the other 50%.

Counselling for Depression

Counselling is an effective treatment for depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and  interpersonal therapies are incorporated with mindfulness practice to ensure an overall approach to treating depression. Research shows that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for depression. Research also indicates that individuals experiencing depression and/or anxiety are less likely to relapse if they have been treated by CBT. Interpersonal therapy is useful in addressing the impact on and influence of relationships on depression. Mindfulness strategies are incorporated in order to enhance overall well-being and in appreciation of the interconnection between the mind and body.

Symptoms of Depression

Did you know that there are many symptoms of depression?

Symptoms can be emotional, physical, behavioural and cognitive.

Emotional symptoms may include, feeling sad, hopeless, feelings of worthlessness, loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities and feeling overwhelmed. Suicidal thoughts may also be evident.

Physical symptoms. Depression can affect the body, including, having unexplained aches and pains, low energy, psychomotor impairment, weight change and sleep disturbance.

Behavioural symptoms. Depression can also impact how we act and behave, including, change in appetite, lack of motivation or restlessness. A once happy and outgoing person may seem slowed down and uninterested in what is going on around them. Sometimes these symptoms are mislabelled as being lazy and unmotivated adding to the burden of the depressed individual.

Cognitive symptoms. Depression also impairs one’s ability to think, make decisions, process information, concentrate and remember things.

Are you Depressed?

Take the depression Symptom Checklist test:

Symptom Checklist

If you think you may be depressed you can also talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing and to assist with appropriate treatment. Treatment may include medication and/or counselling/psychotherapy.

If you are experiencing suicidal ideation or self-harm thoughts contact your family doctor or go to your hospital emergency department.

24 hour crisis support is also available at the Reach Out helpline 519-433-2023 or online at: Reach OutCounselling