Like anxiety, untreated depression can result in a host of serious health issues including substance misuse.
Everyone experiences feelings of sadness from time to time as a normal response to life’s ups and downs. Some people experience these feelings without let up for long periods, sometimes months or years. This is a symptom of depression.
What is depression?
The mental health organisation, beyondblue provides a depression definition:
“Depression affects how people feel about themselves. They may lose interest in work, hobbies, and doing things they normally enjoy. They may lack energy, have difficulty sleeping or sleep more than usual. Some people feel irritable and some find it hard to concentrate. Depression makes life more difficult to manage from day to day.”
Sometimes there is no apparent reason for signs of depression. It is a serious illness which, untreated can have devastating results for the person suffering depression and for people with whom they come in contact.
The Buttery Private residential program addresses depression and anxiety and their association with substance misuse. Treatments are tailored to address individual needs. However treatment for depression at The Buttery Private involves all or some of the following: rest and relaxation, a focus on diet, nutrition, supplements and exercise combined with mindfulness training and a structured counselling program focused on developing a sense of hope and joy.
The aim of this simple checklist below (known as the Kessler 10) is to measure whether a person may have been affected by depression and anxiety during the past four weeks. The higher the score, the more likely a person experiencing depression and/or anxiety.
Depression and anxiety symptoms checklist (K10)
If you are feeling depressed and have thoughts of self-harm you should contact an emergency counselling service now:
Lifeline 13 11 14
If you would like to make an enquiry about depression, please complete the form below or call 1300 851 695