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Depression - Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services » Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services

Depression

Depression – it is sometimes about feeling stuck and trapped and sometimes it is about genetics, or a bit of both.

Are you at risk, or are you concerned about a family member or friend?

Sometimes, relief can begin with assessing the the structures you have made for your life – for instance how you work, with whom you share your life, your responsibilities and what you may be hanging onto that could be let go.  Your GP should be your first source of information and it has been shown that when medications are prescribed there should also be counselling offered.

Beyond Blue has a great article on depression and I think the diagram below is particularly helpful in explaining how usually healthy, functioning people can find themselves suffering from a combination of stress, anxiety or depression.  It is a very common experience and many of us will deal with some form of depression in our lifetimes.

“Most people assume that depression is caused simply by recent personal difficulties. Depression however, is often caused by the mix of recent events and other longer-term or personal risk factors.

Depression – What are the risks of it happening to you?

Research indicates that ongoing difficulties, such as long-term unemployment or living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, are more likely to cause depression than recent life stressors. Depression can also run in families and some people will be at increased genetic risk. However, this doesn’t mean that you will automatically become depressed if a parent or close relative has had the illness. Life circumstances are still likely to have an important influence on your chances of becoming ill.

It’s also common for people to experience depression and anxiety at the same time.”

In summary, distress caused by stress, anxiety and depression is best addressed quickly so that it doesn’t become a disabling downward spiral.  Your treating GP can help you decide whether you have a level of distress that calls for a Medicare Mental Health Plan under the Better Access program to support your recovery.  The ATAPS program may also be available and that provided fully funded assistance from a psychologist for up to 12 sessions.  GPs can refer to that program which uses funding from Primary Health Care networks around Australia. Early intervention is the key.

To read this article in full click here.

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