South Brisbane Psychology - Children, Teen & Adults. Tel: 3133 0610
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What is depression?

It is normal to feel sad and moody at times, however some people have these feelings for long periods.  Depression is more than feeling a little sad for a few days, it is a very serious mental health condition which can impact on the individuals ability to function.  People can lose interest in work, find that they have an absence of pleasure in actvities once enjoyed. Symptoms may include feeling tired, having difficulty concentrating, crying, weight loss or increase, a sense of worthlessness, sleep difficulties (i.e., difficulty falling asleep, eary morning wakening, insomnia) and difficulties with memory.

Behaviour in individuals with depression is also often impacted, such as withdrawing from friends and families, not getting school work completed, social withdrawal, not participating in enjoyable actvities, drug and alcohol use,  Common feelings include a sense of being overwhelmed, sad, irritated, guilty, indecisive and miserable.

Individuals with depression often think in certain ways, this thinking style is essential component of depression that is challenged in Cognitive therapy therapy.   Thoughts often associated with depression may include "I am a failure" "I am unlovable"  "Life is not worth living" "It's my fault" "I'm worthless".

Psychological Interventions for Depression

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidenced based psychological intervention.  CBT is one of the most effective evidence based treatments for depression in children, teens and adults.

CBT aims to help the individual identify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours and replace these with more helpful thoughts.   All psychologists at Brilliant Minds Psychology are trained in CBT.

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Behaviour therapy

Behaviour therapy is a major component of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Behaviour therapy focuses on increasing a person's activity level by using activity sheduling and mood monitoring.  It focuses on encouraging people to undertake activities that are rewarding, pleasant or give a sense of satisfaction, a sense of achievement and mastery. Behaviour therapy aims to reverse the patterns of avoidance, withdrawal and inactivity that maintains depressed mood. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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