Have you ever wondered if you have depression? I can help you sort that out. Talk Therapy, which includes counselling, has proven to be one of the most effective treatments available to help resolve depression.

What is Depression?
Depression is called mental health's "common cold." Almost 8% of the population has some form of depression in any year. It’s an equal opportunity condition that can occur at any age to men and women.
Symptoms include:

  • Despair and hopelessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems.
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Low energy levels, feel very tired and run-down
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  • Symptoms last longer than two months
  • Feeling sad or "empty"
  • Feeling irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Can’t concentrate or remember details
  • Overeating or don’t want to eat at all
  • Thoughts or attempts of suicide

Depression in Women
Women are twice as likely as men to experience major depression. Women are most likely to develop depression following childbirth. This is known as postpartum depression.

Depression in Men
Men often conceal depression with long hours at work and alcohol or substance abuse. They are less likely to seek treatment for depression. Men often act out their depression by expressing irritability, anger, and feelings of discouragement and low self worth.
Some factors including family history, high amounts of stress, the loss of someone very close, or a serious illness can make you more vulnerable to depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder
In winter, when we have fewer hours of sunlight, many people experience a serious mood change. This is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. Symptoms of SAD include irritability, fatigue, social withdrawal, oversleeping, weight gain, feelings of hopelessness, and thoughts of suicide. SAD particularly affects many people in northern latitudes in winter, especially young women. SAD can be treated with counselling and exposure to bright light.

Vascular Depression
Older adults often develop depression but it’s not a normal part of aging. It may go undetected because depressed older adults don’t always express sadness as a symptom. Older adults who experience depression for the first time later in life, may suffer from restricted blood flow to their organs and their brain. When this happens, an older adult can develop vascular depression. Those with vascular depression are also at risk for heart disease, stroke, or other vascular illnesses.

I offer counselling that will help you understand and work through difficult relationships or situations that may be causing or contributing to your depression. With assistance, most people can recover from mental health's "common cold" and reestablish their hopes, energy, and interest in living a full and rewarding life.