Distinguishing between depression and a difficult phase can be tricky. Typically, it starts with a persistent low mood, experiencing a downcast feeling on most days of the week, and a noticeable loss of interest or joy in various aspects of life. Our psychologists are available to support you, whether online or in-person at our Melbourne psychology practice. If you find yourself reading and contemplating the idea of starting depression treatment at a Melbourne psychology practice, it could be because you’ve been experiencing feelings of sadness, melancholy, or irritability.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
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Here are some ways that depression can impact the way you behave:
Here are some ways that depression can impact the way you feel:
What are the cognitive signs of depression?
Psychologists are trained to collaboratively explore symptoms and the severity of challenges. This comprehensive understanding informs therapy goals and guides treatment options. In situations where depression is persistent and severe, a combination of talk therapy and medication might be considered as a potentially beneficial approach. Our therapy approaches will depend on the individual therapy goals, and are discussed in your initial appointments to support you on your mental health journey.
What evidence-based treatments are utilised by psychologists?
Psychologists adopt evidence-based therapies known for their high efficacy in improving mood, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to name a few.
CBT may be utilised to improve your mood, self-esteem, motivation, and rekindle your interest in enjoyable activities. Behavioural Activation may be used to help you engage in pleasurable activities and boosts motivation. Interpersonal Psychotherapy may be incorporated to focus on improving your relationships and reducing distress. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy may display benefit to help foster present-moment awareness and prevents future episodes of depression.
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our experienced Melbourne psychologists have a special interest in depression treatment, fostering a healthy self-esteem, and nurturing healthier relationships.
Our psychologists guide individuals to better understand the intricate dynamics of life changes that contribute to persistently low mood and symptoms of depression, adopting evidence-based therapy approaches.
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, we offer flexible appointments with our psychologists during the day, evening, or weekends, both in-person at our Melbourne psychology practice or online via telehealth.
Our team of psychologists hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to ethical guidelines as mandated by the Psychologists Registration Board and Australian Psychological Society. Our clinical practice is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches, including effective treatment for individuals experiencing depression.