Depression affects one in five Australian’s each year, and approximately 85% of people at least once in their lifetime.
Depression is a unique experience for each person with a diverse array of underlying causes and symptoms. With professional therapeutic support, recovery from depression is possible and individuals can experience fullness of life once again.
Depression has many forms, and a large variety of symptoms. It can be a debilitating condition, with symptoms that are often described as “walking through water.” An individual experiencing depression is typically characterised by ongoing feelings of sadness, loneliness or apathy towards many (if not all) areas of life. Key indicators of a diagnosable depressive condition also include reduced social activity, motivation or ability to concentrate.
Some clear physical symptoms may include changes in sleeping patterns, in which they may have trouble falling and remaining asleep, or they may be lethargic despite many hours of rest. Changes in appetite (over- or under-eating) are also symptoms of depression.
In severe cases, suicidal ideation or tendency may occur, although these are not a necessary symptom for clinical depression.
Depression can have a number of underlying contributors, ranging from biochemistry and hormone regulation to gut health and life circumstances. Each experience of depression is unique, and the approach to recovery must reflect an individual’s needs. Research has shown that biological factors, physical exercise, nutrition status, and one’s view of self contribute significantly to the presence of depression and long-term recovery.
With a biopsychosocial approach to therapy and ongoing support, long-lasting recovery from depression is possible, releasing people into the freedom of a healthy life.