Depression Treatment Gold Coast
Depression Treatment Gold Coast is available at Eternal Balance. We are a Mind and Body Well-being clinic on the Gold Coast, and specialise in mental health issues. We can help you get the depression treatment therapy and counselling you need to restore balance to your life.
A depressed brain is a stressed brain. Your perception is your reality, so your map of reality is created by the way you perceive things. How we think and what we say to ourselves in our head (self-talk) has a profound effect on our mood and mental state. Our environment and support networks also play a big part in how we feel. Teaching the mind and body the relaxation response is a very effective depression treatment as it enables some time to stop the cycle of rumination.
What is Depression?
Are you feeling flat, grumpy, unmotivated or feel like giving up more easily? Do you find yourself wanting to be alone or withdrawing from people and social activities? Everyone has a bad day here and there and it is normal to feel sad or down. Sometimes, especially during tough times, feeling sad or upset is a normal reaction to difficult situations. But, it is when these changes in mood, feelings, and behaviours persist for long periods of time (more than two weeks) and are impacting your normal activities, you may be experiencing depression.
Depression Cycle And Stages
More than ever before people are consuming anti-depressant medications. Yet rates of depression continue to soar, especially in young people.
The cycle of depression is vicious and as depression progresses, we move further and further into a lower emotional state of mind. Without help, this downward spiral becomes even more difficult to change.
Depression impacts our entire body. It affects how we think and feel, our immune system and our sleep patterns. In turn, sleep, the natural process our body and mind use to stay in good physical and mental state is affected. The more emotionally-arousing, negative thinking we do, the more we dream. Excessive dreaming causes more REM sleep, meaning less deep sleep, so we become exhausted. The more exhausted we are the more we are likely to interpret reality in depressing ways. The cycle continues by finally affecting our immune systems, and periods of repair and re-growth we undergo in deep sleep, affecting our health, which only further adds to depression.
The encouraging news for anyone suffering from depression is that depression treatment is available. At Eternal Balance we will show you how to treat your depression, with the resources you already have.
Active change is always involved in taking charge of your life when working to overcome depression. This is often a difficult concept for people, who have been finding it hard to simply have the energy to get started. And is expected, especially since depression can be extraordinarily weakening to both the mind and body.
However, with small steps and the help of hypnotherapy we will help you rediscover the light and happiness within yourself and the right tools to make change happen. For effective depression treatment, it is also very important to stay connected with your GP and other health professionals involved in your recovery journey.
Hypnosis for Depression
Hypnosis is a highly effective treatment for depression, as it allows access to the subconscious part of your mind. It bypasses any negative thinking and critical thoughts or actions central to depression. Using hypnotherapy as a treatment for depression provides an opportunity to rewrite the chemistry of your body, increase your self-awareness and change your perception.
At our wellbeing clinic, you’ll work with a clinical hypnotherapist and counselling professional on your depression. You’ll learn coping mechanisms which will create a stable foundation for you as a person. You will also feel more empowered, stronger, and confident knowing that you have the resources needed within you to create change and overcome depression.
How Common is Depression
Featured below is Kate DeAraugo (Winner of Australian Idol 2005 and ambassador for Lifeline) talking about her experience with depression. Kate shares her experience and advice about the importance of talking about your wellbeing and mental health. This is a great reminder that no one person is immune to experiencing depression and importantly there is support available for those who feel depressed.
Overcoming Severe Depression
Are you experiencing thoughts about suicide, that you are not sure how much longer you can go on, or it would be better to ‘not be around’? These thoughts are present in people who are feeling very depressed. If you are experiencing these thoughts, please seek help immediately. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or chat to Lifeline online. Alternatively, the Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 telephone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Symptoms of Depression
You might be wondering “how do I know if I am depressed?” The signs and symptoms detailed below are what we would normally expect to see in a person with clinical depression. However, it is not uncommon for a person to only have a few of these depressive symptoms.
There can be many sign and symptoms of depression. Although, the signs of depression in men tend to be similar to the signs of depression in women, the cause of depression can often be quite different for each. Some of the common signs and symptoms of depression to look for include:
- Are you always exhausted when you wake in the morning – and the more you sleep, the more tired you get?
- Does everything tend to seem black and white, all or nothing, to you, with no shades of grey in between?
- Do you tend to dwell on the past, current or future events, spending a lot of time ‘in your head?’
- Drained and physically exhausted?
- Experiencing increased irritability and frustration?
- Feel like you are worthless or guilty?
- Have you lost interest in activities you used to enjoy (for more than two weeks)?
- Feeling sad, down or ‘flat’ most of the time?
- Changes in your appetite or your weight?
Please note that the information provided above is not for the purpose of a formal diagnosis of depression, but rather for educational purposes.
Causes of Depression
There are many factors that can contribute to depression. The causes will vary from one person to another. Unfortunately, there isn’t’ a simple answer as to what causes depression, because usually there are several factors playing a part. They can be due to personal circumstances, an individuals risk factors and or challenging life events they have experienced. It’s also quite common for people experiencing depression to also be suffering from anxiety at the same time. Some of the main risk factors associated with depression include:
- Relationship problems or conflict (e.g. separation/divorce, difficult/abusive relationship)
- Personality traits such as having low confidence, low self-esteem, self-critical, dependent, pessimistic
- Feeling isolated or lonely
- Unemployment – Job loss, long-term unemployment
- Emotion distress (e.g. Grief over the loss of a loved one or something important in life)
- Excessive use of alcohol or drugs, or prescription medications (often a behavioural coping mechanism)
- Family history or living with another family member who has depression
- Having a serious medical or physical illness, or injury
- Suffering from anxiety
- Being exposed to childhood abuse including physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse
Therapy for Depression
At Eternal Balance, our hypnotherapy for treating depression rebuilds the way you think about yourself, the way you work and the way you feel. One of the first signals of recovery you’ll experience as you start to come out of your depressed state will be an increase in energy and a feeling of clarity and perspective. As you begin to leave depression behind you will not only feel better and think more clearly, you will also behave differently.
Many people on the Gold Coast suffer from depression, and there are many factors that can contribute to it. It’s important to remember feeling depressed is not your fault and there is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed by asking for help. If you live on the Gold Coast, our Counselling and Depression Treatment Gold Coast and counselling can provide you with the support you need to help overcome your depression. If you happen to live outside of the Gold Coast we provide online counselling sessions using Skype or Zoom for depression treatment. Please contact us to find out more.