Depression Counselling Vancouver

What's Depression?

Depression is like a heavy cloud that hangs over a person’s life, casting a shadow on their thoughts, feelings, and actions. It’s more than just feeling sad or going through a tough time – it’s a persistent and deep sense of hopelessness and despair that lingers, often affecting day-to-day activities. Depression isn’t just a passing mood; it’s a mental health condition that can impact your energy levels, appetite, and sleep patterns. It’s not something a person can just “snap out of” or “cheer up” from. It requires understanding, support, and often professional help to navigate through. Depression can range from mild to severe and may interfere with daily functioning.

Most Effective Treatments for Depression

CBT is a widely used therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with depression. It aims to replace distorted thinking with more positive and adaptive cognitive patterns.

MBCT combines cognitive therapy with mindfulness strategies. It helps individuals become more aware of their thoughts and feelings without judgment, reducing the likelihood of getting caught in cycles of negative thinking that can contribute to depression.

SFBT is a goal-oriented and future-focused approach that emphasizes identifying solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It helps individuals set achievable goals and work towards positive outcomes.

Initially designed for individuals with borderline personality disorder, DBT incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness and acceptance strategies. It helps individuals regulate emotions and improve interpersonal effectiveness.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression counselling Vancouver
  1. Persistent Sadness or Low Mood: Feeling down, sad, or experiencing a general sense of emptiness for most of the day, nearly every day.

  2. Loss of Interest or Pleasure: Losing interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable, and a lack of motivation to engage in previously rewarding experiences.

  3. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping), including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early.

  4. Changes in Appetite or Weight: Significant changes in appetite, leading to either weight loss or gain. This may be accompanied by a decrease or increase in interest in food.

  5. Fatigue and Low Energy: Feeling constantly tired and having low energy levels, even after getting enough sleep or rest.

  6. Difficulty Concentrating: Struggling to concentrate, make decisions, or remember things. Individuals may feel indecisive or find that their cognitive abilities are impaired.

  7. Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt: Persistent feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or self-blame, even when there is no apparent reason for these emotions.

  8. Irritability or Restlessness: Becoming easily irritable, agitated, or restless. This may manifest as impatience with oneself or others.

  9. Physical Symptoms: Experiencing unexplained physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, or other aches and pains, without a clear medical cause.

  10. Social Withdrawal: Withdrawing from social activities, avoiding friends and family, or isolating oneself from others.

  11. Thoughts of Death or Suicide: Recurrent thoughts of death, dying, or suicide. In severe cases, individuals may express a desire to die or engage in self-harming behaviors.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience of depression is unique, and not everyone with depression will experience all of these symptoms. Additionally, the severity and duration of symptoms can vary. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek help from a healthcare professional or mental health provider for a proper assessment and appropriate support. Depression is a treatable condition, and support is available.


If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide or is in crisis, it is imperative to seek immediate help. Call emergency services in your country, such as 911 in Canada, or your local emergency number. Additionally, if you are in British Columbia, Canada, you can contact the BC Crisis Line at 1-800-SUICIDE. Remember that help is available, and reaching out to professionals can make a significant difference.

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