What is Depression?
Depression isn’t just about ‘feeling down’. It presents with a number of other symptoms and interferes with daily life and relationships.
Some of these symptoms may be depressed mood, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns that results in negative impact on your daily life.
Therapy and medications such as antidepressants are often used teenage depression. Despite this, only 1 in 5 depressed teens receive help for a condition which is very treatable.
Teens and young adults often need friends, parents or teachers who see the signs of depression to advocate or intervene appropriately, as many are unable to seek the help they need because of the nature of the illness, feelings of shame or lack of resources.
Common causes of Depression
There is no single cause of depression.. It is caused by a variety of factors, many of which are unknown. Some of the contributing factors are:
Stressful life events such as
- the loss of a job
- long-term unemployment
- physical health issues
- family problems
- the death of a loved one
- the end of a close relationship
For other people, there is no obvious cause.
Experts no longer believe that depression is caused by a ‘chemical imbalance’, but that the risk for developing depression is more likely to be related to a combination of a person’s genes, biology, life experiences, stress and thinking style
For many people, genetics may play a part, with research suggesting around 30-40% of the risk for developing depression may be due to genetic factors.
Research has found some differences in areas of the brain, and brain activity in people with depression compared to people without. The areas of the brain that differ relate to emotional responses and emotion regulation, the interpretation of information (with a bias for negative information) and response to stress. Interestingly, many of these differences decrease with treatment
Stressful life events
Research suggests that the greater the number of stressful life events a person experiences, the greater their chances of developing depression. Early life stress and trauma can also increase the likelihood of developing depression later in life.
People who tend to dwell on negative events, worry excessively, or hold a more negative view of themselves, the world, or the future are more prone to depression.
How do I know if a loved one is depressed?
People suffering from depression will have symptoms including:
- depressed mood
- weight gain or loss
- mood swings and disinterest
- restless sleeping or oversleeping
- fatigue/lack of energy
- lack of or increased appetite
- negative thought patterns
When your partner, family member, or friend is suffering from depression, support and encouragement is important in their recovery.
At Thinking Families we help and assist your loved one to cope with symptoms, deal with negative thoughts, regain energy, and rediscover a positive outlook and enjoyment of life.
If someone you love and care about is depressed, you may find you experience a range of difficult emotions such as, helplessness, frustration, anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. All of these feelings are normal as it is not easy to handle a friend or family member’s depression and depressive episodes.
Thinking Families is here to provide the additional support you need to return you, or your loved one, to the life you deserve.
Why choose us?
Our, caring mental health professionals have years of experience and interest in working with child, adolescent and adult depression treatment. We take the time to listen to each client and provide support and strategies tailored to each unique situation.
Thinking Families have been working with adolescent and adult depression for a number of years and have scientifically backed approaches built on extensive knowledge and skill.
Depression can be managed. There is hope. It all starts with counselling.
How we can help you?
Depression can be managed with the support and skill of the Thinking Families team.
We use effective approaches, extensive knowledge, and highly-tuned skill in working with people suffering from depression.
Our commitment to Attachment based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression and Self Harm can help return the joy to those who are struggling.
With a range of evidenced based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Therapy, the help you need is always there for you.
We are located at 87 Baroona Rd, Paddington QLD, 4064
Glenn was easy to talk to and confident he could help us to improve our relationship. The exercises we practiced in sessions were really helpful and focused on teaching us other, more productive ways to resolve our issues. The homework tasks he gave us were fun but relevant. Our relationship has never been better or closer. We highly recommend Glenn and Thinking Families for couple and relationship counselling.Kate Scarce
Excellent and attentive psychologists. I went to get an educational assessment for one of my children. The detail they came back with was really useful and allowed us to really focus on both areas for improvement and areas that could be leveraged for even better results. It was also a very personal approach which helped alleviate any concerns my child had with doing the assessment.Matthew Venamore
My family and I have been seeing Glenn Munt over a period of 4 years for both individual counselling/therapy and family based counselling. During this time we have found his experience and wisdom in family based counselling extremely beneficial and useful to my family in navigating the challenges of life. Glenn assisted us in reassessing our values as a family and provided us with valuable tools in dealing with everyday issues.
Glenn has always made himself available to us when we needed him and has always shown compassion, gentle guidance and a listening ear regardless of the issue at hand. He is non-judgemental and is able to tackle the hard conversation that families need to have from to time to time. Glenn has been a valued asset to my family and we continue to see him on a regular bases.Cindy Grigolo
Frequently Asked Questions
No. However if you do get a referral you can claim rebate through Medicare
Yes, but a 24 hour business notice or charges may apply.
The standard rate is $190 per session