Depression Counselling in Toronto
Do you find it difficult to get up in the morning or have difficulties falling asleep at night? Do you feel like you are just “going through the motions” of your daily life? Do things that used to make you feel joy and happiness no longer matter?
If you notice you answered yes to one of more of these questions, you might be experiencing depression. Depression can occur at any age for a wide range of reasons and underlying causes. Sometimes diagnosing this condition is not straightforward or as easy as it might seem.
Some people can live for years with depression before they even experience a major episode. Fortunately, depression is a treatable condition and seeking depression counselling in Toronto is an effective way to learn how to manage and overcome this condition. By consulting with a qualified therapist, you can start to discover and find renewed optimism and hope about your life.
What Are Some Feelings Associated with Depression?
There are a wide range of emotions and feelings one can experience when they are depressed, which could include:
- Lack of Empathy
- Lack of Energy
- No Ambition
- A Sense of Emptiness
- General Weakness
- Mental Depletion
It is important to remember each person is an individual. As such, the range of emotions and feelings they experience is not always the same for another person dealing with depression. In addition, some people discover they notice their self-esteem is lowered and they can be harsher and more critical towards themselves.
Other side effects of depression could include:
- Lack of Appetite
- Binge Eating
- Excessive Sleeping
- Lack of Concentration/Focus
- A Loss of Desire for Life, Love, Family, Friends, etc.
- A Loss of Interest in Activities, Hobbies, etc.
Do All People Experience Depression the Same?
Your depression and the related symptoms, emotions and feelings you experience is not exactly the same as it is for someone else. For instance, you may only have a mild form of depression where you have simply lost focus of what truly matters in your life. On the other hand, another person may have gotten to the point where they simply no longer have the will to get out of bed.
While many people associate sadness and depression as being the same, they are not. Sadness is just one of the emotions one can experience when they are depressed. Furthermore, there can be varying extremes based upon how depression affects you and how you respond. For instance, you might binge eat on comfort foods when depressed, while someone else stops eating entirely.
How Therapists Treat Depression
Therapists will evaluate each person individually to determine what types of treatments are best. These are customized to fit the specific needs of each person. Some people may only require regular sessions to work through their depression. Other people might require regular sessions and some form of medication to overcome their depression.
If you are struggling with depression or experience symptoms of depression and want help regaining control over your life, please feel free to contact Ellen Starr directly at 416-488-3102 to schedule an initial consultation today!