Therapy & Treatment for Depression

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What is depression?

We all feel sad, flat, or low sometimes. These natural human emotions are often accompanied by a lack of energy, a desire to withdraw from other people and some negative thoughts. While these feelings can be very uncomfortable, it is normal and even helpful to experience low mood from time to time. However, if your bouts of low mood are particularly severe, happen regularly, last for prologued periods of time, or impact your ability to function in daily life then you may be suffering from depression.  

Despite how alone depression can make you feel, it is an extremely common mental illness that approximately one million Australian’s experience each year (this amount is likely underreported as many do not seek treatment).  

Depression can zap your energy and make life feel hopeless, but help is out there. Studies show that many people who engage actively in treatment, either in the form of talk therapy, medication, or some combination of the two, experience a significant reduction in their symptoms of depression. 

If you think you might be suffering from depression and would like to speak with a registered psychologist for depression, the team at My Mirror are here to help. Explore our range of highly qualified and experienced practitioners and book a session today. 

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Benefits of My Mirror

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  • Access from anywhere in Australia
  • Affordable therapy sessions

Available psychologists who can help manage depression symptoms


What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression can be varied, but involve negative feelings, thinking patterns, physical symptoms and behaviours.

Negative feelings:  

Experiencing a depressed mood is one of the primary symptoms of major depression and is often accompanied by a constellation of the following negative feelings: 

  • Misery 
  • Despair 
  • Guilt 
  • Insecurity 
  • Worthlessness 
  • Disappointment 
  • Overwhelmed  
  • Irritable
  • Indecisive

Unhelpful negative thoughts: 

Experiencing depression tends to create negative thinking patterns that perpetuate more negative feelings and behaviours also accompany depression. These unhelpful thoughts may sound something like: 

  • ‘Life is pointless’  
  • ‘People would be better off without me’  
  • ‘I’m a failure’ 
  • ‘It’s all my fault’ 
  • ‘I’m not good enough’

Unhelpful behaviours: 

When you are suffering from depression you tend to behave in ways that keep you trapped in a low mood and a negative head space. Some of these unhelpful behaviours include:  

  • Withdrawing from friends and family  
  • Staying at home more than often 
  • Not completing important tasks 
  • Not engaging in activities that you used to find enjoyable 
  • Relying on the sedative effect of drugs or alcohol  

Physical symptoms: 

The physical symptoms of depression can vary between individuals but often include a number of the following: 

  • Fatigue or feeling more tired than usual 
  • A significant increase or decrease in sleep 
  • A significant increase or decrease in appetite 
  • Reduced sexual interest 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Reduced memory and attention 
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Reduced motivation

What causes depression?

Depression is often caused by a constellation of factors. However, a prominent theory suggests that all people have varied levels of vulnerability to depression which is exacerbated by stressful life events. These stressful events can be anything from a painful breakup to the loss of a loved one or more long term stressors such as unemployment, poverty, social isolation, or domestic violence. However, it is also possible to experience a depressive episode in the absence of an obvious event or trigger.

Your predisposition or ‘vulnerability’ to depression is determined by your family history, genetics, personality, physical health and use of drugs and alcohol.  

What are the main treatments for depression?

There are number of evidence-based psychological and medical interventions for depression as well several complimentary lifestyle changes that have been found effective at reducing depressive symptoms and/or maintaining an improved mood state in recovery. 

Psychological treatments for depression 

According to the most recent Australian Psychological Society evidence-based interventions literature review, there are seven Level 1 psychological treatments for major depression including in-person and online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). 

Each therapy has a different approach, but ll are based on the idea that how we think and behave directly influence how we feel (this is not quite right, as IPT is based more on the impact of our interpersonal relationships and connectedness). These therapies challenge the ‘truth’ of our thoughts, form less reactive cognitive patterns, create new habits, strengthen our relationships and ultimately alter our mood state. (again, Mindfulness-based therapy would not be about challenging at all but accepting) – Maybe, These therapies encourage us to become more aware of the challenges facing us and make helpful changes in how we think and behave and strengthen our connections and relationships to assist in improving our mental state and mood.

CBT is the most well-known and most-practiced therapy for depression and has been found to be similarly effective when delivered in person or online. The effectiveness of psychotherapy is determined by the commitment of the client – delving into your negative thought patterns and scheduling new behaviours can be hard, emotional work, but it is work worth doing.  

Medical treatments for depression 

If you are suffering from moderate to severe depression, your GP or psychiatrist may prescribe medical interventions, usually in addition to psychotherapy. Antidepressants are the most widely prescribed drugs for depression with a strong body of evidence in treating moderate to severe depression in adults. Antidepressants act on chemicals within your brain increasing the availability of neurotransmitters that are related to positive mood and motivation. Like any medication, antidepressants have side effects, and the effectiveness will vary from person to person. For severe treatment-resistant depression, electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) have been found effective in the short term after treatment. 

Complimentary lifestyle changes for depression treatment 

There is evidence for several low-impact lifestyle changes and complementary therapies that can contribute to the effectiveness of your psychological treatment of depression. These include exercise, relaxation training, yoga, peer-support interventions (speaking either one-on-one or in a group with peers who have recovered from depression), light therapy (particularly for seasonal affective disorder, but also for non-seasonal depression), bibliotherapy (reading books that help you practice psychotherapy by yourself), and a variety of herbs.

How can I access support for depression?

If you have been struggling with depressive symptoms, know that help is out there. Talk to your GP about how you have been feeling and discuss your options. If you are eligible for a mental health care plan you can access up to 20 reduced cost sessions per year with My Mirror psychologists, otherwise private fee sessions are accessible. Find out more about how to access fast, effective professional help with My Mirror.  

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12 July 2021

Easy & Low Cost

Tele-tech sessions eliminate travel and wait times, it simplifies the whole process. Booking an online appointment is super easy, and low-cost, which is also really appealing.  

28 April 2021

Really grateful!

I was able to book in almost immediately and was really grateful to be matched with a psychologist who suited both my situation and personality.

27 September 2021

Great help

I live in a regional area with very little resources available for mental health. My Mirror was a great help and were super quick with any questions including how to add my mental health plan. Great work Mirror team


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