Depression (Mood Problem)

Depression (Mood Problem)

Depression affects 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 8 men in Canada. About 10 per cent of children are depressed at any one time.

Most people with a mood problem can be treated very effectively. 80-90 per cent of people with a Unipolar Depression or Bipolar/Manic Depression can be successfully treated. However, the stigma associated with the illness means only about one third will seek help.

Depression is a mood state that is characterized by significantly lowered mood and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that are normally enjoyable. Major depressive episodes can be distinguished from normal sadness, by the severity, persistence, duration, and the presence of specific characteristic symptoms like sleep problems or inability to remember good times in the past.

Myth: People who claim to be depressed are weak and just need to pull themselves together. There’s nothing anyone else can do to help.

Fact: Both young people and adults who are depressed need professional treatment. A physician can prescribe medication to help relieve the symptoms of depression. A trained psychotherapist can help them learn more positive ways to think about themselves, cope with problems and change their behaviours. For many people, a combination of medication and therapy is the most beneficial. But medications are not always necessary.

Myth: Talking about depression only makes it worse.

Fact: Talking through feelings may help a family member or friend recognize the need for professional help. By showing concern and giving uncritical support, you can encourage your family member or friend to talk to his or her physician to get the proper help.

Contact Mark Giesbrecht today to help you overcome your depression.