What is Depression?

The term depression or major depressive disorder may be familiar to most people, it is a medical illness that can be misunderstood as a low mood, grief or something else.

Depression can impact our thoughts, emotions, motivation, relationships with ourselves and others, and our physical health.

Some symptoms of depression

  • Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities
  • Over or under sleeping
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

How do I Know if I Have It?

It’s important to note that depression looks different for everyone. If you believe that you may be suffering from depression it can be helpful, and is recommended, that you talk to a trained professional such as your doctor or therapist, to gain a better understanding of your personal experience.

What Helps With Depression?

Depression is treatable! Studies show that a combination of therapy/ counselling and medication can be helpful in treating depression. Other studies suggest that mindfulness, exercise and group support can also help when recovering from depression. It is important to note that if you are experiencing depression in Toronto you are not alone, in fact approximately 8% of adults  will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.

How Can I Support a Loved One With Depression?

If you suspect or know that someone you care about is suffering from depression, it is important to recognize how serious the experience of depression is for that individual as well as the impact that the depression has on you too. Supporting your loved one through compassion, understanding, boundaries, education, and your own self-care can be very helpful.

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression talking to a trained professional can help! If you live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and are looking for in person therapy please contact me to set up a free 20 minute phone call. If you do not live in the GTA I also provide online counselling and would be happy to discuss therapeutic options in a phone consultation.