Depression is different from general sadness. It is normal to feel sad when things happen in life that we may not wish for or are out of our control such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a breakup.
Depression, however, is defined as a period of two weeks or more during which the following symptoms are present most of the time:
Intense feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness
The inability to perform functions of daily living such as personal hygiene, attending work or school
Difficulty concentrating on tasks that were previously easy
Change in sleep (trouble sleeping or sleeping too much)
Changes in eating patterns (loss of appetite or eating much more than usual)
Physical aches and pains
Loss os interest in activities you used to enjoy
Agitation or irritability
Dark or suicidal thoughts **Seek help if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts
Do I have anxiety?
Everyone experiences stress in life and so it is important to feel like we have the necessary skills to manage the stress we face.
Depending on the coping skills you have and the amount or type of stress you are faced with, you may begin to feel overwhelmed. This may show up in psychological or physical symptoms. If you are worrying constantly, having trouble concentrating, using alcohol more, are more irritable, feel overwhelmed, are having trouble sleeping or difficulty relaxing, psychotherapy may be beneficial.
What To Expect
Your first session will involve an initial assessment of your well being as well as an intake of your personal history and background. Subsequent therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length and are unique to each individual's treatment plan.
Please note: I do not offer crisis intervention. If you are in crisis, please contact your family doctor, go to your nearest hospital, call the Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600 or call 911.