One of the most common client concerns is depression, here are some common symptoms of depression:

  • I feel worthless, helpless or hopeless
  • I sleep more or less than usual
  • I get angry or irritated much easier than usual
  • I’m eating more or less than usual
  • I’m having difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • I’ve lost interest in activities I used to enjoy
  • I have less desire for sex
  • I avoid other people or social situations
  • I have overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief
  • I’m feeling unreasonably guilty
  • I have a lot of unexplained stomach aches and headaches
  • I’m feeling more tearful than usual
  • I feel very tired, have low energy, or the opposite, I’m restless
  • I have frequent thoughts of death, or that life is not worth living, or I have thought of suicide

Everyone experiences the blues, however the blues are not depression.  It is normal to feel sad and ‘down in the dumps’ from time to time, especially in light of troubling life circumstances.  However, when the feeling doesn’t go away and starts to impact our daily functioning, it’s important to know that help is available. If you agree with five or more of these statements and have been experiencing them for more than two weeks you should talk to your doctor.

“Depression is the most treatable of mental illnesses. Most people who suffer from depression are helped by the treatment they get, which usually includes medication and/or psychological counselling. Support from family, friends and self-help groups can also make a big difference.

Many people who are seriously depressed suffer too long before seeking treatment, they may not seek treatment at all. They may not realize that they have a treatable illness, or they may be concerned about getting help because of the negative attitudes held by society towards this type of illness.”

Canadian Mental Health Association

Depression resources

  • Mental Health and Substance Use support:
  • Understanding Depression: What We Know and What You Can Do About It” Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo Jr.
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” Dr. David Burns
  • Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think” Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky
  • Self Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression”, Joseph Luciani
  • Ending the Depression Cycle: A Step by Step Guide for Preventing Relapse” Peter Bieling and Martin Antony
  • “Anti-Depressant Skills Workbook” (FREE !)
  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom” Dr. Rick Hanson
  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” Dr. Joe Dispenza