Depression Counselling and Management Cairns

Depression Counselling and Management Cairns

Everyone can feel sad particularly when faced with loss or grief. Depression, however, is more than low mood and sadness at a loss, it is a serious medical illness and is the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. The sufferer feels extremely sad, dejected and unmotivated. Depression is common.

Depression can affect anyone

One out of four women and one in six men suffer from depression at some time in their life. Only about 20% of people are correctly diagnosed, because depression can mask itself as a physical illness, such as chronic pain, sleeplessness or fatigue.

Symptoms of depression

Some of the symptoms of depression can include:

  • Feeling sad or depressed;
  • A loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities;
  • Loss of appetite or weight;
  • Inability to sleep or waking up early;
  • Feeling tired all the time;
  • Having trouble concentrating;
  • Feeling restless, agitated, worthless and guilty;
  • Feeling that life isn’t worth living.

What causes depression?

Depression results from a combination of physical and psychological factors which cause chemical imbalances in the brain. Diagnosis in every case needs a careful analysis of causes.

Physical causes include:

  • Mental illness and treatment;
  • Inherited traits;
  • Chemical changes;
  • Drug or alcohol abuse.

Psychological causes include:

  • Life stress;
  • Negative experiences and loss;
  • High anxiety.

Depression counselling in Cairns and North Queensland

There are many ways to manage and help minimise the impacts of depression. Often people will require and benefit from additional support when suffering from depression and Crispian Jones from Seachange Psychology offers counselling and depression management services in Cairns and North Queensland.

If you believe you are suffering from, or are at risk of developing, depression, contact Crispian Jones at Seachange Psychology on 07 4041 4147 for a consultation.

Cairns Psychologist Rebates

Health fund rebates may apply and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. If you do see your doctor and he writes you a Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist, you are entitled to 12 sessions in a calendar year and you will receive a rebate from Medicare of approximately $84.80 as at 2015.