Getting Help with Depression
The statistics published by the Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health in 2012 show that 5.4 percent of the young Canadian population aged 15 to 24 met the criteria for mental illness.
Statistics show that every year 1 in 5 young adult Canadians experiences a mental illness. When they reach 40 years of age, the number increases to 1 in 2 Canadian have or had experienced a mental disorder.
Physical health conditions are also linked with mental health, and a study showed that people with a long-time medical condition are more likely to get mood disorders than a healthy and fit person.
Evergreen Rehab and Wellness attach great importance to providing help to clients with depression as it can lead to many other negative circumstances in client’s lives.
Good and bad times are a part of life, and sometimes we express these feelings as depression. Depression is a feeling of sadness and happiness, but sometimes people exaggerate their emotions and name them a severe mental illness called mood disorders. Depression affects your everyday life activities, including feeling and thinking.
There are two major and common types of depression:
- Major depression - lasts for more than two weeks and affects your ability to think, feel, eat, sleep, and work.
- Persistent depressive disorder - lasts for at least two years.
Depression can occur during a long-term disease such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease or can cause addition in the condition. Sometimes medication to relieve illness also causes depression as a side effect. Researchers also reveal that a combination of environmental, biological, genetic, and psychological factors have a significant role in depression.
Risk Factors for Depression
A risk factor is anything that increases the chances of getting the disease or making it severe. In a depression condition, the more risk factors you have, the more you can get depression. Surround yourself with positivity, so you don't feel depressed because of factors. The following are some risk factors for depression.
Research has found that people with a long-term physical disease such as chronic pain, cancer, heart attack, and Parkinson's disease can increase the risk of depression.
Life change incidents
Some incidents occur in life, which gives sudden depression, such as the death of loved ones or a significant financial loss. The sudden change in life can trigger severe conditions of depression.
Supportive family or friends are a part of a happy and healthy life. People with no or few supportive relationships are more likely to get depression, causing an increase in depression. Alone Women with young children at home and isolated people are also easy prey to depression.
People with a family history of mental illness are most likely to get depression, or it can increase the depression condition.
Signs of depression
Symptoms of depression change person to person. Usually, people feel sadness, but not everyone feels just sadness; the following are some symptoms and signs of depression
- Long-term mood off, sad, or anxious
- The feeling of guilt and helpless
- The feeling of worthlessness and hopelessness
- Feeling boredom with the most interesting hobbies or activities
- Feeling laziness, low energy, or fatigue
- Problems in concentrating on things and memory problems
- Insomnia, oversleeping or awakening in the mid of sleep
- Feeling hunger or weight gain/loss
- Thoughts of death and suicide
- Feeling difficulty in decision making
- Irritation from everyone
- Headaches, pains, or physical problems.
How can counseling help?
Clinical Counseling is an effective treatment for mental illness without any side effects and helps us feel satisfied with the medications. It helps people deal with their daily life problems and get their solutions without taking stress. Many studies and research revealed that counseling is a powerful and impressive treatment for depression, not in every depression level, but it is very effective with medications. It motivates people to use medications properly.
There are several benefits of counseling. It helps people to ease stress and give them a positive perspective to deal with problems. Counseling encourages us to stick with our treatment plan and teach us how to deal with our medications' side effects. It also impacts on your confidence level and helps you to become an extrovert. It allows people to deal with early signs of depression before they get worse.
Treatment for depression
Many types of psychotherapy enable people to deal with depression and their causes. Some of the most effective are discussed below:
- Cognitive therapy deals with the thoughts and behaviours of a person and how they contribute to depression. The therapist will help you to learn how to react to different problems and thoughts.
- Interpersonal therapy deals with the importance of relationships in your life and how it affects depression. With this therapy, you will learn to control your unhealthy behaviours.
- Psychodynamic therapy will let you explore your behaviour patterns and let you know how you can control your behaviours to prevent depression.
Want to book an appointment at Evergreen Rehab and Wellness Clinic? Call us at 604-449-5859 to find the best solution. We will help you make positive changes in your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
People of any age who are feeling difficulties about life can use counseling services.
A staff member will welcome you and complete some information about you, and then you will meet the counselor in private to clarify all your problems and get solutions.
All your conversation with the counsellor will be kept confidential, and we don’t communicate with your family or family member without your written consent.
All our counsellors have professional degrees and are accountable to the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselor and Therapist or the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners.