What can increase the likelihood of a person developing depression?
There are certain factors that can increase a persons risk of developing depression. These include:
- A family history of depression will increase the likelihood of a person developing depression.
- Drug or alcohol use can lead to depression, especially if they use these as a coping mechanism.
- Stressful events can trigger an episode of depression such as a death, unemployment, relationship issues or loneliness
How can I tell if I have depression?
The main symptoms that people with depression will experience are:
- Feel depressed most of the day and on most days
- Lack of interest in work and activities that used to be enjoyed
- Weight loss or gain
- Difficult sleeping
- Feeling fatigued
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Difficulty making decisions
- Loss of sexual libido
- Thoughts of suicide
Treatment for depression
Rest assured, depression is a mental illness that can be treated. Early intervention is the key to successful treatment of depression. People that are concerned that they may be depressed, should visit their GP who will be able to refer them if necessary. Or they can get in contact with their local Clinical Psychologist.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective treatment for depression that can be provided by a Clinical Psychologist.
- Sometimes with long term depression, medication is needed.
Swan Valley Psychology provides a highly professional clinical psychology service to people that suffer from mental health illnesses such as depression. Swan Valley Psychology is outcome and solution focused and we usually expect to see improvements within 4-8 weeks. We now offer our services in three convenient locations including Bassendean, Ellenbrook and Morley. Contact us today to find our more or make an appointment ph 0893793580