Have you been feeling sad or down for a long time? It could be a sign of depression.
Sometimes we may feel down, moody or sad, but when these feelings last longer such as weeks, months or years, it could be depression.
Depression affects both people’s mental health and physical health. Symptoms may include:
- Low mood and unhappy thoughts
- Loss of enjoyment and lack of interest in usual pleasurable activities
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Unable to concentrate
- Feeling unhappy and irritable
- Relying on alcohol or drugs
Physical conditions may arise from depression, such as lack of sleep, headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, considerable weight loss or weight gain and feeling tired.
Psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services provide early intervention and evidence based therapy to clients who are experiencing depression. Effective therapy by a trained psychologist allows clients to develop coping and self-managing skills.
GP’s can refer clients suffering from depression, under the GP Mental Health Treatment Plan as this allows Medicare rebates which subsidize the cost of appointments. Alternatively some Private health funds may provide rebates.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, phone our practice today on 8295 4150.
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