Shift Your State and Your Feelings Will Follow
Ok, What does that mean?
How can I treat my depression?
Often we try and solve problems within the very same environment and physical state that created them in the first place. Behaviour therapy turns that thinking on its head. Act first and your thinking and feeling will follow. Seems so simple, and it is. Most of us can remember the exhilarating feeling of jumping on a trampoline, riding a bike or the fear of crossing a rickety bridge or swinging too high. These fun or fearful feelings are brought on by behaviours. You can shift your state and boost your optimism and mental health through activities such as mediation, hot sauna, exercise, ice plunge or writing a journal. Doing it regularly is the difficult part for most us. This is only the first step in managing your depression. We’ll also explore the origins of your depression, why it visits you and how you can deal with it in a way that works for you. Many people have successfully managed depression and taken control of your life. Call us to discuss your options today.
What causes depression?
Generally, depression does not result from a single event, but from a combination of recent events and other longer-term or personal factors. Ongoing difficulties such as long-term unemployment, living in an uncaring relationship, loneliness, and continued exposure to stress at work are likely causes of depression. Personal factors such as your family history, your personality, serious medical illness or drug and alcohol use also play a role. Talk therapy will work through these issues and empower you to take control of negative thoughts and feelings which imapact your mood and hold you back.
Reverse the pattern of avoidance
Exercising, performing a difficult work task or dealing with a long-standing problem that, while not fun, reverse the pattern of avoidance, withdrawal and inactivity that make depression worse, and replaces them with rewarding experiences that reduce depression. Talk Therapy will help you become more active and engaged in activities that are rewarding and develop defenses that allow you to focus on solutions rather than problems.
You're not powerless
Dealing with depression can be a frustrating and exhausting experience. Happiness doesn’t always come easily, and you don’t have to be happy all the time. If you find yourself constantly feeling down, you’re not alone. In any given year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression. You’re also not powerless, you can learn how to deal with depression and increase your quality of life. Take the first step towards reclaiming your life and call us today.
Tracking your symptoms
Depressive symptoms can be grouped into three categories: physical sensations, psychological thoughts and behaviours. Download and track your symptoms on the Talk Therapy worksheet and bring them to your complimentary first FREE session. Let’s get started.
For years I felt sad most of the time. I couldn’t shake the feeling no matter what I did. It was only when I began exploring the past that my present state of mind made sense. Slowly, the cloud of depression lifted. I still feel sad, from time-to-time, but its no longer a feeling that shadows me.
– J.P –
Do I have depression?
You’re likely to be experiencing depression when you have five or more of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks:
- A depressed mood during most of the day, especially in the morning
- You feel tired or have a lack of energy almost every day.
- You have a hard time focusing, remembering details, and making decisions.
- You can’t sleep or you sleep too much almost every day.
- You have almost no interest or pleasure in many activities nearly every day.
- You feel worthless or guilty almost every day.
- You think often about death or suicide (not just a fear of death).
- You feel restless or slowed down.
- You’ve lost or gained weight.
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