Struggling with sleep, either difficulty falling asleep or sleeping more than usual
Changes in appetite and weight, such as reduced appetite or weight loss
Increased anxiety or worry
Withdrawing from social activities, family, or friends
Exacerbation of physical pain or discomfort
Decreased libido or sexual desire
Difficulty concentrating or a decrease in cognitive function
A bleak outlook on the past, present, or future
Dr. Michael Dadson states:
Depression can be relentless. The great lie of depression is that there is no hope. Research shows the very opposite of that felt reality is the case. So much of the ongoing suffering in silence that depression brings is unnecessary when proper treatments are known to be effective. Seeking help for many is hard.
Depression is a highly treatable mental health care concern. Generally speaking, 70% of those who seek treatment from a heath care provider like a Clinical counsellor report their depression subsides. Medication is effective for 80% of those who seek treatment but has greater risks of relapses. Medication combined with Clinical Counselling is 80% effective with decreased risks of relapses.
“Anyone affected by depression should be treated with respect and acknowledgement. It could just be that their life might depend on it” underscores Dr. Mike Dadson.
Sadly, those often in higher risk categories of suicide, may not disclose their thoughts. Dr. Michael Dadson is adamant “If a person identifies suicidal thoughts, extensive research indicates they are not seeking attention. Rather, it is a genuine need for help”.
It is extremely important for anyone affect by depression for more than 30 days to see their doctor or find a good therapist who is Registered Clinical Counsellor.
The importance of seeking help when experiencing symptoms of depression that continue to worsen. Depression is a highly treatable condition and can often be improved with appropriate care. Depression may be caused by a range of factors, including negative self-image or low self-worth, unresolved grief and loss, challenges related to transitions and changes, and physical conditions such as chronic pain and serious health issues. Research has shown that most people respond well to treatment, so there is no need to continue suffering. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is especially important to seek help immediately, as this is a clear sign that treatment is necessary.”
Counseling can provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to talk about their experiences and feelings related to depression. A mental health professional can help individuals identify the causes of their depression and develop strategies to manage their symptoms, notes Mike Dadson. Counseling can also help individuals learn healthy ways to cope with stress, communicate effectively with others, and improve their overall quality of life. It is important to seek help from a mental health professional if you are experiencing symptoms of depression, as they can provide guidance and support to help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall mental health.