Talking about Depression

Depression is a condition with a variety of causes. It can be caused by biological, psychological, and even social factors. Depression affects around one million Australian adults each year. Depression can occur at any stage of life. Environmental factors and life-changing events can also cause depression.

Because depression has more than one cause, there is more than one treatment. There are different individual responses to treatments, so it has been found that better results come from a different mix of therapies.

Psychological therapy
Talking with a psychologist or other therapist is an important aspect of effective treatment. There are different psychological approaches used. One of these is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT examines a person’s thought process and behaviour. How we think about things, react to situations and develop certain behaviours that can reinforce negative feelings. Examining those thoughts and behaviours can be a way of replacing negative relations and feelings with more positive ones.

Other interventions
Exercise and regular physical activity have shown to have a positive effect on mood.
Regular exercise has shown to boost the brain’s serotonin levels. Serotonin regulates mood. Exercise also helps us keep fit increases energy. Regular exercise has been shown to improve mood in less severe cases of depression.

Research shows a balanced diet and a selection of nutritious foods also improve mood. Yoga and relaxation can help us improve the ways we relax and deal with stress. Yoga, diet and exercise are becoming a part of multiple approach treatments. They are effective in conjunction with established treatment approaches like psychotherapy and medication.

Medication
In the last few decades, a number of medications have proven effective for depression. These are often called ‘antidepressants.’ Medications can make a considerable improvement to depression and are often used in conjunction with psychotherapy.

Our qualified therapists bring a variety of treatment options to address the many aspects that can cause depression.

So, if you or someone close to you needs help with depression, contact us today to talk about how our team can best suit your needs.