What is Depression?

We all experience changes in our mood from time to time, but these changes often don’t last long and we can go about our daily lives. Depression is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood and impacts the way people think about themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them. This is more than a ‘bad day’ or ‘feeling blue.’ Without supports like treatment, depression can last for a long time.

Signs of depression include feeling sad, worthless, hopeless, guilty, or anxious a lot of the time. Some feel irritable or angry. People lose interest in things they used to enjoy and may withdraw from others. Depression can make it hard to focus on tasks and remember information. It can be hard to concentrate, learn new things, or make decisions. Depression can change the way people eat and sleep, and many people experience physical health problems.

Counselling can be helpful for mood disorders, and can help you learn how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours work together. It also teaches important skills like solving problems, managing stress, realistic thinking, and relaxation. Counselling is often the first treatment to try if you experience mild or moderate problems with depression.

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