Depression is very common and frequently undiagnosed. Once diagnosed, depression can then be rated in terms of severity (mild, moderate, severe) and classified by frequency; single episode, recurrent, or chronic if it lasts more than 2 years. One in six Australian and New Zealanders will experience a major depressive disorder at some time in their life and depression is more common amongst females (1 in 5 females, compared to 1 in 8 males).
The causes of depression may be multifactorial. Aspects contributing to this mood disorder include amount of light exposure, sleep disturbances, degree of social isolation, and nutritional deficiencies - notably folate and omega-3 fatty acids. When treating depression at Sowelu we believe it is imperative to determine the underlying cause -hormonal, psychological or nutritional - and address all necessary areas. Your personalised treatment plan may include herbal medicines to balance hormones, nutritional supplements to address deficiencies and a referral for counselling or psychology. All treatment plans will include diet, lifestyle and exercise plans as these play an important role in mental health.
Please note if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts it is important to seek medical assistance immediately. Your GP can arrange a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Remember that depression is a medical condition, not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of.