Depression Counselling Moorabbin

Feeling dispirited as a result of not being able to act on ones intentions, feeling of failure, feeling blocked, lost, hopeless and helpless, without a plan and without love, is a state of being that can describe the clinical picture of being depressed. Depression can also be experienced as a result of loss and grief, where there is a danger of a person losing themselves and their identity in the object of loss, often being someone they have loved and now lost.Feeling depressed is also a feeling of ones personal values being in crisis. At a personal level, people experiencing depression can also become self-critical, experience self-hate, feeling inadequacy and irresponsible. Often, life and living seem overwhelming and the constant pressure from these symptoms tells the person that they can never achieve anything.A combination of factors can contribute to depression and some of these are:
  • Having a genetic predisposition if it runs in the family.
  • Developmental family dynamics with trauma attached to ones experiences.
  • Having a personality with traits of low self-esteem, excessive worry, perfectionism, being highly sensitive to others views and making them personal criticisms and being highly self-critical and pessimistic.
  • Substance and illicit substance use and abuse. Often the impact from substance use and abuse become a co-morbid feature in your life, complicating the management of the condition.
  • Disability and chronic illness can impact on one’s life style. An impaired quality of life can often lead to adjustment disorders and depression.
  • Loss of employment or failure at achieving a goal can contribute to depression.
  • Life style factors – stress or difficulties in the workplace, boredom in the work place, lack of meaning, difficulty in relationships or feeling that there is no way out from a constricting traumatic relationship and the difficulties associated with caring for and raising children.
The feelings of depression can be experienced at different levels:
  • A person may perceive their lived experiences are so unredeemable and consequently their sense of self is seen as BAD, that they cold verge on experiencing on being at a psychotic level, or remain melancholic.
  • Their emotions are locked into despair, emptiness and significant abandonment where they can be seen to being on a borderline level.
  • The neurotic level is more about a belief that the depressed person develops about not feeling entitled to experience a sense of well being or happiness.
Types of Depression: Minor; Major; Bipolar Disorder (previously called Manic Depression), Cyclothymic (chronic fluctuating moods for at least two years, including hypomania {a milder form of mania}, with brief periods of feeling intact or ‘normal’, for no more than two months); Dysthymic (bordering on a major depression, but with symptoms that are less severe, and which have lasted for at least two years); Post natal Depression.
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