It is estimated that 1 in 15 adults is 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 illness/disorder 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 suicide.

There is a lot of stigma around depression, and we are here to tell you that it's fairly common and that you are not alone. People experience depression in a variety of ways, and can often be misconstrued as occasional feelings of anger, sadness, or grief. For many, symptoms are severe enough to experience noticeable struggles throughout the day with work, school, social activities or relationships. For others, they might feel general unhappiness and aren't really able to explain it.

The professionals at Unique Peace Counselling are experienced with diagnosing depression. We are here to speak with you, ask questions, and provide you with a thorough diagnosis & treatment plan to help explain the emotions that you are experiencing. We look forward to helping you get control of your life again.

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There is no shame in acknowledging that you are suffering from depression. The burden of depression is often dealt with in solitude and privately because of the guilt or embarrassment associated with being depressed. The most important thing you can do is to recognize it and to seek help. By looking for guidance and assistance in understanding the struggles you are dealing with, you will pave the way towards regaining control of your life.

Once you have overcome the hurdle of looking for help, we can work together to get a better understanding of what approach best suits your challenges. There is a variety of treatments and strategies in the form of psychotherapy that can to help with your depression. If you've been experiencing any of these symptoms: perpetual unhappiness, difficulties in managing your moods, lack of motivation, questioning your self-worth, inability to focus, sleep disturbances, or suicidal thoughts, our team can help build healthy habits to get you on the right track. Contact us today!

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The Different Kinds of Depression

Depression is a mental health condition that is a lifelong struggle for some, and a new struggle for others. You may be affected by depression due to recent traumatic life event, changes in seasonality, or struggling with adjusting to a new challenge in your life. Depression comes in many different forms and sizes including: seasonal depression (where you experience depression during the seasons), manic depression (where you have periods of depression), perinatal depression (where you experience depression during pregnancy), and other various types of depression.

Since everyone’s experience with depression is different, having a professional on your side to create a tailored treatment and is key. Asking for help is your first step to feeling like your old self and improving your quality of life. Unique Peace Counselling is here to help you through your journey and ultimately, help you lead a better life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Depression is a common mood disorder that negatively impacts how you think, feel, and act. Symptoms from depression can range from relatively minor to severe. If left untreated or undiagnosed, depression can begin to significantly impact your day-to-day activities.

It is estimated that nearly 3 million Canadians suffer from a variety of depression symptoms, varying from minor to severe.

Depression is not just feeling sad, lonely, or depressed. Depression is when these common feelings become overwhelming and can cause physical symptoms – impacting your day-to-day activities. Among others, common symptoms 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 genetic dispositions that cause faulty mood regulation. Those who are suffering from depression can greatly benefit from professional help to recover and learn how to cope with depression.

Symptoms of depression can be treated with medication or therapy, but lifestyle changes can also make a significant impact on reducing symptoms of depression. Common lifestyle changes that can alleviate the effects of depression include:

  • Being more active
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Having a routine
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Avoiding or limiting alcohol
  • Staying in touch with friends and family

The most common methods for treating depression involve different forms of therapy. Interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and psychodynamic therapy are effective forms of psychotherapy used to treat depression.