Everyone has days when they feel down or “off,” and that’s okay. Feeling sad from time to time is normal. However, if your feelings of sadness are intense, frequent, or long-lasting, or interfere with your relationships or day-to-day life, you may be experiencing depression which could benefit from the help of a North Lakes psychologist.
Signs of Depression
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, it may be more than just “the blues”:
- Feelings of sadness or depressed mood that last for a large part of almost every day
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Changes in appetite
- Sleep disturbances (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
- Decreased sex drive
- Trouble focusing or making decisions
- Thoughts of self-harm
These characteristics of depression can be disturbing to your relationships or your daily routine, but there are various steps you can take to get your depression under control – contact The Psychology Hub to get started.
Causes of Depression
Sometimes the cause of an individual’s depression can be traced back to a specific event, such as the loss of a loved one or physical health issues. Other times, there may be no discernible cause. There are a number of factors that may raise the risk of depression, including a family history of depression, social factors such as childhood abuse, psychological factors such as anxiety or excessive worry, and neurochemistry.
HOW A PSYCHOLOGIST IN NORTH BRISBANE CAN HELP
A psychologist is a university-educated professional who provides assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of problems, including depression as well as others such as anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder, and workplace issues. When you meet with a psychologist in the Redcliffe or Kallangur area, he or she will ask you some questions about your history, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and then work with you to determine what circumstances might be contributing to your depression. With an understanding of the cause, a treatment plan can be established so that you can begin feeling better.
At The Psychology Hub, a psychologist in North Lakes, we treat the above-mentioned conditions as well as provide services for Asperger’s syndrome, autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability. We will work with you and with other healthcare providers, such as medical doctors when needed to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. We are located in North Lakes, so we are convenient for those looking for a psychologist in Kallangur, Redcliffe, or elsewhere in the North Brisbane area, and we can also provide mobile service on an as-needed basis.
Children experience depression too, and that’s why we focus on providing client-centred, evidence-based assessments and treatments to people of all ages, and look forward to helping you or your loved one recover. If your depression has persisted longer than a couple of weeks or is affecting your home, school, or work life (or if your child is experiencing depression), don’t wait any longer – give us a call today on 1300 3666 14 and let’s work together to find a solution.