What constitutes depression?
Depression is a clinical diagnosis that requires 5 or more of these following criteria to be met for at least 2 weeks and at least one of the criteria to be (1) or (2).
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day.
- Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day.
- Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
- A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
- Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
- Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.
However, for any individual, they can not meet these criteria and still experience a period when mood is persistently down and it is hard for them to feel any joy in life. They can still be helped through therapy.
How can I be helped through therapy?
Therapist will explore with you the trigger and onset of this period of low mood/motivation and understand the purpose of its onset. As more understanding is shed on its purpose, the root causes can be reprocessed so that client can find relief from them and the autonomic nervous system can be successfully reengaged again.
Who will be your therapist?
Master of Counselling, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons)
Warm and caring. Wan Yeng is trained and experienced in using various cognitive, expressive and integrative therapy methods to help clients with their issues.