Depression Symptoms & Characteristics

Life is full of ups and downs that affect our mood — sadness and helplessness are common to us all from time to time. We often incorrectly refer to these temporary states as “depression”. But depression is more than this; depression is the result of mood-regulating neurotransmitters not functioning properly.

What Causes Depression?

Factors that can cause or trigger depression include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Stress
  • Personality type
  • Ageing
  • Other illnesses
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Life–changing events

Should I seek depression counselling?

A chronic sense of emptiness and despair are the key characteristics of depression. Not just a temporary “low,” depression can mean it’s difficult to function as before. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling hopeless and helpless about your current situation and future
  • Lifelessness or feeling apathetic
  • Lack of interest in hobbies and spending time with friends
  • Moodiness or irritability
  • Feeling angry, aggressive and restless
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in sleep habits – either insomnia or oversleeping
  • Self–loathing
  • Changes in appetite – Increase or decrease

All of the above are common from time to time, but experiencing many of these symptoms for an extended period of time may be a sign that you are suffering from depression. Counselling can help establish the causes and treatment for your symptoms. Depression counselling is one of the key steps in recovery.

Next Steps.

For more information on New View Psychology counselling services, or to book and appointment, contact us online or call our head office on 1300830687.