Depression is a condition that affects many people at some point in their life. It often negatively impacts one’s relationships, along with their work and school performance. Depression is linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. For many individuals it follows some kind of a loss such as death, divorce, loss of a job, illness or period of high stress. Although grief and sadness are normal reactions to loss, depression is generally more pervasive with the depressed person unable to get relief.

Symptoms of depression include:

If symptoms persist for more than two weeks it may be helpful to seek treatment. Counselling is effective in treating most individuals with depression. In some cases it is combined with medication (which is prescribed by your physician). Counselling can help by addressing persistent negative thought patterns, low self-esteem and relationship issues.


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