Learn tools to manage depression

Rates of depression have risen by more than 18 percent since 2005 according to WHO, and Statistics Canada reports that 5.4% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder in the previous 12 months, including 4.7% for major depression.

Many of us have had our own personal struggles with depression, “the blues”, troubling mood swings, or persistent phases of dysthymia. The symptoms of depression can include a loss of interest in things that used to feel joyful, a change in eating habits, a change in sleep patterns, an increasing desire to want to feel more isolated, potential feelings of being overwhelmed by life and others, including anger or anxiety.

Anxiety and Depression disorders can often be present in people’s lives at the same time. Some people may only experience depression, while others may only experience anxiety. For many others, depression and anxiety frequently show up together.

Counselling for depression is a helpful way to learn patterns in our thoughts and recognize the ways they can influence our mood and our behaviour.

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