Are you concerned that you or a loved one is suffering from depression?
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life but when emptiness and despair take hold and won’t go away, it may be depression. More than just the temporary “blues,” the lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Hobbies and friends don’t interest you like they used to, you’re exhausted all the time, and just getting through the day can be overwhelming. When you’re depressed, things may feel hopeless, but with help and support depression treatment does work.
Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all—instead, they feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person though there are common signs and symptoms that point to depression. These symptoms can be a part of life’s normal lows but the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they last the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that’s when it’s time to seek help.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
- Loss of interest in daily activities and no interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- You can’t sleep or you sleep too much
- You can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
- You can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
- You have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
- Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
- You are much more irritable and short-tempered than usual
- You have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)
- Irritability or restlessness. Feeling agitated, restless, or on edge. Your tolerance level is low; everything and everyone gets on your nerves
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
- Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticise yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
We can help
Isolation and loneliness go hand in hand with depression; here at Byron Private Treatment Centre you are held in an intimate therapeutic environment that supports you to connect with others to heal from the effects of your depressive symptoms. The treating team at Byron Private takes a holistic approach to your clinical depression treatment and supports you in understanding and healing the issues that lie beneath the depression. Finding some reprieve from the symptoms of depression may seem impossible but it isn’t, our team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners will liaise regularly to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that supports the change you desire.
Byron Private Holistic Treatment Centre believes in the power of nature as a healing agent with Byron Bay providing the perfect environment for clients to experience the simple pleasures such as being in the ocean, or walking around the natural grounds of Byron Private, making the journey of recovery much softer and less invasive than that of a clinical setting. From the first phone call to walking through the doors at Byron Private we will walk alongside you to help lay the foundations for a path of recovery.
Byron Private offers an effective pathway to recovery for those struggling with depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance use, PTSD and eating disorders. If you or someone you love is struggling, please reach out to our clinical team for a confidential discussion on 02 6684 4145 or via our online contact form.