Mental health concerns like depression affect people all kinds of people. It is an illness that can develop later in life for no particular reason. It can also show itself early on in children and teenagers, and it can be present as a side effect to other issues like drug addiction. Often, it is the main concern in a person’s life.

Nobody is immune to experiencing feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness.

The challenge with depression is recognising it. When you do recognise it, it’s tough to pull yourself out of that space. This can be difficult, as depression is having negative outlook on life, and unfortunately negativity breeds negativity.

Signs of depression

If you think a you or a loved one might be suffering from depression, here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness.
  • Feel worthless or guilty and obsess over past failures.
  • Have angry outbursts, irritability or frustration.
  • Lost interest or pleasure in most normal activities.
  • Disturbed sleep and you suffer from insomnia or oversleeping.
  • Unexplained physical problems (such as muscular back pain and tension headaches).
  • Extreme tiredness and reduced energy.
  • Difficulty thinking, trouble concentrating and making simple decisions.
  • Find it hard to focus or remember simple things.
  • Frequent or recurrent suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide.
  • Negative thoughts and a persistent shift in your mood.
  • Lost interest in activities that you once enjoyed.
  • Lost or increased appetite.
  • Less energy to complete even the simplest tasks.

In most cases, a person can identify if they’re experiencing depression by trying to understand how they feel. If a low sense of energy and mood persists, it’s often worth looking at. Sure, we all feel low from time to time, but when that feeling doesn’t go away, it’s time to reach out for help.

How to treat depression

There are many things you can try which will help you or a loved one face this illness including:

Learn about depression

To overcome depression, you must first understand what it is. Is your depression due to something else like an underlying medical condition? Or, do you feel that it’s caused for no reason?

By understanding exactly how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling a certain way, you can begin taking measures to overcome it.

Don’t turn to medication on its own

Medications like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) aren’t reliable treatment methods when used alone. There needs to be an active investment in the individual suffering to change their lifestyle and work to overcome their negative perspective.

Medications help, but they don’t cure.

Turn to your social circles

One of the most solitary issues we face is depression. It’s often difficult to express ourselves verbally, and even when we do, others don’t understand exactly how we’re feeling. Unfortunately, our inability to comprehend has a knock-on effect on us.

They are worth talking to if you have a close-knit social circle. Explain your feelings and be honest about your difficulties. Others are likely to share your sentiments and are eager to assist you.

Be patient and realise that it’s a process

Overcoming something as difficult as depression can take a lot of time and energy. It’s critical to understand this. Be patient, don’t give up on actively trying to be better, and learn to relish in the smaller wins along the way. You can use these to your advantage.

Turn to the experts for depression treatment

There are many things that our team at Sydney Detox can offer to treat depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), helps to change a persons perspective. Our evidence-based treatment models and psychotherapy sessions involve more depth and intervention.

At Sydney Detox, we approach Depression treatments holistically. We endeavour to treat the individual rather than the one issue. We offer the best environment for those wanting to escape negative habits and receive guided support to address and treat their issues.

The term ‘depression’ is broad and can describe many underlying issues. Our clinical professionals are ready to diagnose the reasons you might be experiencing depression, and put you back on a positive path.

We’ll also ensure that once you leave, you have tools to continue working to keep those feelings at bay moving forward.

Contact us today to find out more about of treatment programs.

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