Depression & Mood Disorders

Counselling for Depression & Mood Disorders

Approximately 8% of Canadian adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. Symptoms of clinical depression can include; feelings of sadness or guilt, irritability, fatigue/loss of energy, impaired cognitive functioning, thoughts of death/dying/suicide, changes in appetite and sleep disturbances as well as unexplained physical complaints.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for mood disorders has been studied extensively and has been shown to be helpful for many people. This approach has shown to be effective both on its own or when combined with medications prescribed by a medical professional. A variety of CBT approaches may be used but this approach focuses heavily on helping people to identify and transform the negative automatic thoughts and problematic behavior that is commonly associated with mood disorders. The basic tenant of this approach is that when people adaptively alter how they think and how they behave, changes in the feelings associated with mood difficulties naturally follow.

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