Copyright © 2012-16 | Shelley L. Heusser

Shelley Heusser

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc Psych. (UCT), BA. Hons Psych. (UCT), MA. Clin. Psych. (NMMU)

Practice No: 0445800  Reg No: 0112860

Depression

Depression   is   an   emotional   condition   that   can   vary   from   feeling   sad   to   feeling   suicidal.   The   degree,   intensity,   and duration differs from person to person. Life   is   filled   with   ups   and   downs.   All   of   us   at   some   point   in   our   lives   feel   upset   or   become   depressed.   Being depressed   is   often   a   normal,   healthy   reaction   to   a   painful   or   traumatic   event.   However,   if   the   feeling   lasts   more than   a   month,   or   is   of   such   a   nature   that   it   affects   your   ability   to   function   at   work,   with   the   family,   or   your   general well-being, professional help may be needed, Not every person will experience every symptom of depression. Common symptoms include: feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and helplessness constant fatigue and a decrease in energy disturbed sleep, insomnia, or sleeping too much feelings of sadness and weepiness without any apparent reason difficulty in concentrating, remembering, and making decisions feelings of rejection, loneliness, and isolation lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed fluctuations in weight loss of feelings of warmth and care towards oneself, friends, and family People at risk for depression include: those who have a family history of depression those who have suffered current losses or traumas, such as retrenchment, divorce, loss of a loved one those who have suffered abuse in their childhood those who are physically ill those who are abusing substances Psychotherapy   is   one   of   the   most   effective   treatments   for   depression.   Insight-oriented   therapy   for   depression   is designed   to   help   you   explore   the   full   range   of   your   emotions,   including   feelings   that   you   may   not   be   aware   of.      By making   the   unconscious   elements   of   your   life   a   part   of   your   present   experience,   psychotherapy   helps   you understand how your behaviour and mood are affected by unresolved issues and unconscious feelings. The   goal   therefore   of   psychodynamic   therapy   for   depression   is   not   to   solve   the   condition.   The   goal   is   instead   to make   your   life   easier   by   resolving   the   larger   symptoms.   This   is   done   through   improved   coping   techniques   or insight   gained   through   better   understanding   of   the   issues   at   hand.   The   belief   is   that   past   events   and   experiences unknowingly   shape   how   you   act   and   see   the   world.   Working   with   this   assertion,   I   will   seek   to   establish   a supportive   environment   in   the   hope   that   you   will   feel   safe   and   comfortable   within   our   relationship.   This   will   allow you to open up about your past experiences and present feelings.
Depression
Copyright © 2012-15 | Shelley L. Heusser

Shelley Heusser

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc Psych. (UCT), BA. Hons Psych. (UCT), MA. Clin. Psych. (NMMU)

Practice No: 0445800  Reg No: 0112860