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What is Depression?


Depression is a common mental disorder. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds and genders can be affected by depression.

Symptoms of Depression

• Sadness
• Loss of Interest or Pleasure
• Having Low Self Worth
• Feelings of Guilt
• Feeling Hopeless
• Poor Concentration and/or Memory

Depression, though a mental disorder, can also manifest in physical symptoms, such as sleep difficulties, appetite and weight changes, aches and pains, and headaches.

Treatment and Recovery from Depression

There is a stigma regarding depression, and many who are suffering from it are afraid to seek help, for fear of being judged. It is important to know that you are not alone, and that mental health care professionals are specifically trained to help individuals recover from depression. Depression can be diagnosed by a Psychologist, Psychiatrist or family doctor. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been widely studied and is an effective treatment for depression. CBT addresses negative thinking patterns and helps clients to think differently about themselves and their lives. At Dalton Associates, we have many trained mental health care practitioners to assist you as you recover from depression.

References

Depression Hurts (2012). Retrieved from http://www.depressionhurts.ca/en/.
World Health Organization (2012). Depression: What is depression? Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/definition/en/print.html.


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