Mood Disorders including Depression


Negative emotions are normal parts of our day to day life. When these emotions and negative patterns of thinking become persistent and cause us to become sad most of the time, have periods of agitation and irritability, have ongoing feelings of guilt, loss of interest in people of things, a sense of failure and or regret; then depression may be having a significant impact on the person’s life. These changes can prevent an individual from functioning in a healthy and joyful manner. It ranges from those that may be a little down through to major depression, and may include those that can suffer from bipolar disorder. In bipolar disorder the person experiences high highs and low lows.  These are described as distinct episodes of mania as well as depression.

Importantly however, feeling sadness in your life does not mean that a person in “depressed” it simply means they are sad.  For most people this will pass and their mood will pick up within a short period of time. From a treatment perspective there are a number of effective paths to consider.  Certainly CBT and ACT (see Our Approach) have a proven benefit in changing the relationship between negative patterns of thought and emotions to create more functional patterns of behaviour. 

As with many of the struggles that our client’s present with there are those that suffer with more chronic and deep patterns of depression.  These can be resistant to the standard treatment approaches related to CBT.  For this reason our psychologists work with emotion focused psychotherapies such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Psychotherapy and Schema Therapy for those that are suffering more chronic patterns of of depression.

The Struggle Switch – Russ Harris

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