Depression Counselling | Vancouver BC
Depression counselling services are offered in Vancouver BC as well as online. Learn how to manage stress, anxiety, negative emotions that affect your relationships at home and work.
Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect the way one thinks about things, the way one feels about herself, the way one behaves and the way one relates to others i.e. social withdrawal or agitation. It can impact the way the individual eats and sleeps.
It can also impact one’s concentration and one’s judgment and it can lead to thoughts of suicide of varying degrees. Depression can make life seem hopeless, overwhelming and unmanageable. It can begin gradually or come on suddenly.
Feeling sad from time to time is a normal part of life but when these sad feelings continue for weeks, months, years, a person is likely suffering from depression. A depressive disorder implicates the body, mood, thoughts and behaviour. Symptoms can last for months or years if treatment is not sought out. Depression impacts people differently.
Although depression is becoming one of the most common and chronic illnesses, it is still very much misunderstood. There are two kinds of depression: endogenous and situational. People can suffer from a mild or major negative state of emotion. Seek help and receive depression counselling before it severely impacts your life in all aspects at home and work.
An endogenous depression originates from within, a chemical imbalance has triggered. Emotions evolve from an inability to set personal and work related boundaries; an inability to manage one’s responsibilities including technology and an inability to say ‘NO’.
Treatment interventions can vary with depression counselling or psychotherapy and medication may be needed as well. Medication alone is never a good option in my opinion. If medication is prescribed it should always accompany a referral to a mental health professional (e.g. a registered clinical counsellor or psychologist). Counselling treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) needs to address ingrained beliefs and involve homework outlining reachable goals with step-by-step action plans.