Many people are unaware of how common depression is, and do not seek treatment because they are afraid of what others will think. About 1 in 10 Canadians will experience an episode of major depressive disorder (the diagnosis given to those suffering from depression) during their lifetime. Depression is a common condition for which there are many effective treatments, psychotherapy being one of them.

The following are a few signs and symptoms of depression, which vary from person to person:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause 

Depression is a real health issue for which help is available. At Newmarket Therapy Centre, we offer a wide variety of treatment options to help you with your depression. Our therapists are trained in Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence based tratment for depression, which can help you restructure maladaptive thinking patterns keeping you stuck in an endless loop of guilt, blame, and shame.   Sometimes an integrative approach to therapy  which includes components of Emotional Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and/or EMDR along with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment, may be helpful for clients  who have experienced early attachment deficits with caregivers, childhood abuse or neglect, or other traumatic memories where a body-Mind approach may be required.