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Overcoming Depression

Depressed moods may be a normal reaction to life circumstances, events, or may be a side effect of a medication, or a symptom of a physical disorder. Depression can vary in degree from mild to severe. Depression can cause many symptoms including persistent sadness or low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thought process, behavior and sense of well-being.

 

 Depressed people will usually feel a sense of emptiness, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety or worry, worthlessness, guilt, irritability, fear, emotional hurt, and restlessness.

Usually a depressed person will lose interest in normal activities that once gave them joy, loss of appetite or overeating, loss of concentration, unable to make decisions, or lack the focus and attention to details.  A depressed person may experience suicidal ideations, insomnia, excessive sleep fatigue, loss of energy. Prolonged depressed moods especially combined with other symptoms need therapeutic intervention.

 

Recovery from depression is an ongoing journey with your therapist who will continually adjust and improve your treatment in response to the changing stages of your recovery.

If you are having thoughts of self harm or harming others, please seek medical attention immediately by contacting your nearest medical emergency facility.

Suicide Hotline:


(780) 424-9223 – (780) 594-3353 or 1-800-263-3045

 

Treatments

Relaxation Techniques


Various methods of relaxation are used to relieve symptoms of depression.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Used to identify symptoms, thought and environmental triggers for depression, and to learn to develop healthy coping skills for the control over depression.

Positive Therapy


Focuses on the positive traits of individuals strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control, and wisdom.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy/Psychology


Use of positive influences in the combination of holistic and natural psychology, rather than the diseased human psyche and defenses, as a model for the realization of human potential. Individuals are encouraged to see their inner capabilities by viewing themselves as the process for reaching wellness through integration of the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, physical and creative being into one complete element.