Being sad and temperamental is so common that it is unsurprising that we all experience these feelings almost every day.

But when these feelings start to become regular and intrude on relationships, work, and personal satisfaction, then we should be alarmed. Having depression, or major depressive disorder, is characterised by these feelings of low mood for at least two weeks. This mood can seem like it has come from nowhere and have no obvious cause.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms and signs of depression can include:

  • Feeling sad and upset nearly every day.
  • Gaining little to no enjoyment from previously pleasurable activities.
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too little or too much).
  • Sudden weight gain or loss.
  • Being fatigued, tired, or having low energy every day. Often being too tired to complete simple tasks like cooking food or washing dishes.
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
  • Constant feelings of indecisiveness and low motivation.
  • Being unable to concentrate on tasks.
  • Self-harm, Suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Any of these symptoms in itself can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for an individual, as well as their surroundings. Many people suffering from depression will be unable to recognise these signs in themselves, especially with cases of babies and children. Depression is one of the major factors leading to suicide and can have many other negative physical and mental impacts if left untreated. Therefore, it is important that if you suspect someone is suffering from depression that you offer help.

Types of Depression

Next Steps

The first step is to get in contact with us and book in for your First Appointment. This will allow you to experience a session, and see if its the right modality for you. We will also be able to advise you, given your presentation, whether Neurofeedback, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or a combination of both would give you the best result. The team at Brain Training Australia™ recognise the unique qualities of all our clients and will work closely with you to personalise your Brain Training Program so that you can achieve your goals of optimal mental processes. We look forward to helping you live a much richer, happier and healthier life.