Sadness or feeling down for a short time is a normal part of life. Often your mood picks up when support from family or friends is present or there is a change in your situation. If your mood does not improve within a couple of weeks or it begins to significantly impact your social or work life, then you may find that seeking psychological counselling can help.

Often people are unaware of being depressed but they may notice physical, mental or emotional changes that cause them distress including sleep disturbance, lack of energy or withdrawal from family or friends. Concentration and decision making difficulties may also be a problem while others may give up doing things they enjoy. Sometimes feelings of restless or agitation are present with depression.

Depression can occur in adolescence and seeking help for school aged children is important since depression can affect their friendships at school or make them a target for bullying. It can also affect their concentration on schoolwork and their ability to study. Adults sometimes report a lifetime of suffering periods of depression which began in their youth.

Many seek help from their doctor who often prescribes medication such as antidepressants. While these medications can be helpful in the short term, in the longer term your situation or your way of thinking does not change. The way we view the world, ourselves and particularly our relationships with others will not change without learning new ways to deal with our thoughts and feelings. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (cognitive = mind, behaviour = actions) in addition to  Acceptance & Commitment Therapy can help change the way you think about yourself and the way you deal with problems that cause depression.

Our parents may raise us with the best intentions and for better or worse they influence the way we believe life should be and how we should behave. Sometimes different ways of thinking about ourselves and others can be more helpful and can lead to better outcomes. Learning new skills to deal with depression can lead to long term solutions that improve your relationship with yourself and others.

With over thirty years’ experience Margaret McDonald is well qualified to help you discover the tools that will help your situation.  Margaret has completed qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and its newer form, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and has the knowledge to support you through your journey.  If you would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact the office on 3862 8833 or email reception@mmcdonald.com.au.

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