Depression2018-09-26T15:42:57+00:00

Depression

Depression is a common mental illness that can range from mild to severe. Depression can cause a consistently low mood and leaves you feeling withdrawn or sad. Often when depressed, people tend to lose interest in activities, affecting the ability to function at work, school or home.

Jurmaine Health Neuropsychologists can assess the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of the brain to provide detailed assessments that assist in diagnosis of the cognitive impacts of depression and provide a treatment plan. The neuropsychology assessment can also help to provide a baseline so that changes can be compared to determine improvements or struggles over time.

Depression can affect almost anyone, however some factors can put you at greater risk than others; for example;

  • Chronic medical condition
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

There are multiple types of depression including;

  • Major depressive disorder – a persistently depressed mood
  • Postnatal depression – occurring after childbirth
  • Seasonal affective disorder depression (eg. during Winter)
  • Bipolar disorder episodes of mood swings
  • Dysthymic disorder mild yet long-term form of depression
  • Cyclothymic disorders mood disorder causing emotional highs and lows

How does Depression affect thinking?

Depression can impacts more than mood. Depression changes the way you behave, think and concentrate. Meaning there is can be difficulty completing tasks and goals in your every day.

Depression can impact your thinking in multiple ways;

  • difficulty making decisions
  • difficulty concentrating
  • memory issues
  • slowed thoughts/slowed processing
  • avoidance of social activities
  • decreased personal care

How may Depression affect everyday function?

Depression affects everyday functioning and interferes with your ability to cope with varying situations such as at school, work or at home. When you have depression, you may struggle with some physical symptoms that include;

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Reduced ability to think
  • Reduced concentration
  • Difficulty making decisions

Depression also has an impact on emotions which changes the way you behave.

Some emotional changes with depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased interest in everyday activities due to lack of enjoyment
  • Absent emotions
  • Persistent thoughts to harm oneself
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Preoccupation with failure
  • Prolonged guilt

Depression

Depression is a common mental illness that can range from mild to severe. Depression can cause a consistently low mood and leaves you feeling withdrawn or sad. Often when depressed, people tend to lose interest in activities, affecting the ability to function at work, school or home.

Jurmaine Health Neuropsychologists can assess the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of the brain to provide detailed assessments that assist in diagnosis of the cognitive impacts of depression and provide a treatment plan. The neuropsychology assessment can also help to provide a baseline so that changes can be compared to determine improvements or struggles over time.

Depression can affect almost anyone, however some factors can put you at greater risk than others; for example;

  • Chronic medical condition
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

There are multiple types of depression including;

  • Major depressive disorder – a persistently depressed mood
  • Postnatal depression – occurring after childbirth
  • Seasonal affective disorder depression (eg. during Winter)
  • Bipolar disorder episodes of mood swings
  • Dysthymic disorder mild yet long-term form of depression
  • Cyclothymic disorders mood disorder causing emotional highs and lows

How does Depression affect thinking?

Depression can impacts more than mood. Depression changes the way you behave, think and concentrate. Meaning there is can be difficulty completing tasks and goals in your every day.

Depression can impact your thinking in multiple ways;

  • difficulty making decisions
  • difficulty concentrating
  • memory issues
  • slowed thoughts/slowed processing
  • avoidance of social activities
  • decreased personal care

How may Depression affect everyday function?

Depression affects everyday functioning and interferes with your ability to cope with varying situations such as at school, work or at home. When you have depression, you may struggle with some physical symptoms that include;

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Reduced ability to think
  • Reduced concentration
  • Difficulty making decisions

Depression also has an impact on emotions which changes the way you behave.

Some emotional changes with depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased interest in everyday activities due to lack of enjoyment
  • Absent emotions
  • Persistent thoughts to harm oneself
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Preoccupation with failure
  • Prolonged guilt

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