Depression Check List

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With one in ten people experiencing depression at any one time, it is possible that you know someone that currently has depression. If you notice any changes in behaviour that last for more than two weeks in your friends or family members. It might be helpful to check with them and ask if they are Depressed. Below, you will find some questions that are designed to help you to reflect on your situation or that of someone close to you. They will not provide you with a diagnosis however they will tell you if you have symptoms that are common in people experiencing Depression. Some common behaviours associated with Depression are:

  1. Moodiness that is out of character ?
  2. A slowing down of thoughts and emotions ?
  3. Reckless behaviour or the taking of uneccessary risks such as driving fast or dangerously ?
  4. A loss of interest in food, sex, exercise or other pleasurable activities ?
  5. An increase in alcohol or drug use ?
  6. Spending less time with family or friends ?
  7. Increased irritability and frustration ? 
  8. Staying awake throughout the night ?
  9. Staying at home from school or work ?
  10. Increased physical health complaints such as fatigue or pain ?
  11. Finding it hard to take minor personal criticisms ?     

 

Psychological interventions may not only help the client to recover but can also help to prevent a recurrence of Depression. One of the most effective psychological interventions is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a structured programme which recognises that the way people think affects the way that they feel. CBT teaches clients to think rationally about common difficulties, helping the client to change their thought patterns and the way that they react to certain situations. If you feel Counselling or Psychotherapy may be of help to you at this time, simply contact me through the contact form on this site, phone 087/7773128 or email me, brian@changes.ie