UNDERSTANDING YOUR
DEPRESSION

Therapy for
Depression

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HELPING THOSE AFFECTED BY DEPRESSION

THERAPY FOR WORKING WITH DEPRESSION

It is estimated that 1 in 15 adults are affected by depression in any given year. Depression is on the rise globally, and with the lasting impacts of COVID-19 it is more prevalent than ever. Depression is known as a mental health condition that impacts ones mood and can severely interfere with a person’s everyday activities. It can have negative health consequences depending on the severity of the depression, and can even lead to self-harm and suicidality.

There is a lot of stigma around depression. People experience the feelings associated with depression in a variety of ways, leading to different intensities of anger, sadness, and/or grief. For many, depression traits can lead to noticeable struggles throughout the day with work, school, social activities and/or relationships. For others, they might feel general unhappiness and aren’t able to name a particular cause or reason why.

Unique Peace Counselling is experienced in working with depression. We are here to speak with you, ask questions, and provide you with a thorough approach to help explain the emotions that you are experiencing. Like with all of our approaches, we prefer to learn about you and your lived experiences before making recommendations.

NEURODIVERGENCY AND DEPRESSION

NEURODIVERGENCY AND
COMORBID DEPRESSION

Fairly often, those who are ADHD and/or Autistic have at one point, or currently, struggle with depression. At times, growing up in a world designed for neurotypicals can contribute to one’s experience of depression and lead to further feelings of hopelessness. Additionally, neurodivergent individuals are more likely to have challenges identifying and processing emotions due to hyposensitivity. Because of this complication, some neurodivergent individuals may report being depressed but find it difficult to identify the role of their emotions in their depression triggers.

Working with a neurodivergent-informed therapist can help you to better know the role of your neurodivergent traits in impacting your depression. Additionally, you may also be able to learn that your depression may be the result of unmet neurodivergent-related needs. 

Man expressing happiness during therapy session
Man expressing happiness during a counselling session
EXTREME DEPRESSION AND NEURODIVERGENCY

SENSORY CHALLENGES AND DEPRESSION

Unfortunately, some ADHD and/or Autistic clients can present with such pronounced sensory challenges that it can lead to thoughts of self-harm and suicidality. For example, an individual may present with such persistent hypersensitivities around emotions and various stimuli that their bodies remain in a perpetual state of stress. Eventually, this can lead to Autistic and/or ADHD Burnout. In these states, individuals may not respond well or at all to medication and present with a variety of new challenges that weren’t present before.

Additionally, on the other end of things, some individuals may present with Alexithymia. Alexithymia is a term used to describe nervous systems that have an extremely difficult time assessing and experiencing any type of emotion. Those that present with alexithymia can be harbouring intense stress, but may not recognize it as this stress comes out in other ways. Working with a neurodivergent-informed therapist can help to normalize and destigmatize these experiences.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Depression is a state best characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and solitude. Additionally, depressed individuals may also report a lack of enjoyment and satisfaction of activities, hobbies and milestones. 

 

It is estimated that nearly 3 million Canadians suffer from a variety of depression in different forms.

 

Depression is not just feeling sad, lonely, or melancholy. Depression is when these common feelings become overwhelming and impact your day-to-day activities. Among others, common traits include:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Oversleeping or Insomnia
  • Loss of Self-Esteem
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Changes in Weight or Appetite
  • Decreased Sexual Drive

Depression can be caused by a variety of genetic or environmental factors. Research suggests that the most common causes of depression stem from stressful life events, medications and drug use, genetic vulnerability, and trauma. Individuals may also be at a higher risk for depression when they are neurodivergent.

Like anxiety, depression can be rooted in various causes. As such, every individual’s coping strategies are different and heavily customized. This is why working wit a professional may help you to better understand your needs and how they relate to depression.

Overcome Mental & Emotional Health Challenges with
Kalon Roy, RP

Committed to Your Unique Needs

I am Kalon Roy, a registered psychotherapist since 2017. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address various mental and emotional health challenges. My approach focuses on understanding your unique situation rather than relying solely on a diagnosis. Through empathy and personalized treatment plans, I aim to tackle the roots of your problems and help you reach your goals.
Let’s determine your path together. Reach out today and let’s chat!