Mental health problems are common and occur in all of us, as everyone occasionally feels sad or blue. These feelings are usually short-lived, pass within a couple of days, and may be directly related to external situations that are troubling you. When someone has moderate to severe depression, it can interfere with daily life and cause pain for both you and those who care about you. If left untreated, depression can impact sleep, eating patterns, motivation, emotions, and come with thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Depression is often associated with regret, guilt, shame and the chemical imbalance that results in the brain related to depression requires depression counselling and may require anti depressants. The earlier that depression counselling can begin in the course of depression, the more effective it is.
At HUM, all of our clients go through a three part comprehensive assessment, which includes a depression screening and depression counselling. We will discuss any family history of depression or other mental disorders, and take a thorough inventory of your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We will discuss when your symptoms started, how long they have lasted, how severe they are, whether they have occurred before and if so, how they were treated. The team will also ask if you are using alcohol or drugs, and if you are thinking about death or suicide.
Once diagnosed, a person with depression can be treated in several ways. The most common treatments typically include depression counselling with or without medication, depending on the individual. The aim of depression counselling is to allow individuals a safe space to process their emotions and experiences, while learning healthy and effective ways of coping with their symptoms and stressors.