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What you can do

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms and seek support. The earlier the better

  • Identify how long have you been feeling depressed

  • What are your thoughts about?

  • Can you identify where they came from? (An event or personal experience)

  • Try to live in the present moment - practise mindfullness

  • Avoid junk food and sugary drinks

  • Challenge your negative self-talk to positive self-talk

  • Exercise

  • Do activities that bring you joy and happiness


The cause of depression is still not known; however, depression has been linked to long-term factors such as traumatic life events, genetic, family history, personality, stress from a medical condition, and illicit substances.   


Depression is different for everybody. There is mild and severe depression and it's often a combination of factors that can contribute to developing this kind of disorder.

The cause of depression can't always be identified, but recognizing the signs and symptoms early is important.

Signs and Symptoms

Depression affects how people feel about themselves. Some people experience intense feelings of sadness for long periods of time. These feelings can affect their behaviour, thoughts, feelings, and physical state.

Signs of behavioural change can be low concentration, regular intake of alcohol and drugs, being closed off from family and friends, and a decline in social activity.

The individual can elicit feelings of shame, guilt, sadness, frustration, disappointment, lack of interest and decreased confidence. 

Negative thoughts will ruminate about fault and failure without new data to find a solution. The mind will get stuck on an endless, negative treadmill.

The physical body changes from weight loss or gain, headaches, sleep apnea, and tiredness.

The above signs and symptoms all contribute to long-term events and personal factors.

Treating Depression


It's imperative to know that depression is treatable and effective treatments are available. The earlier you seek support the better.

Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy is used to treat depression. The psychological treatments will help to  change thoughts, behaviour and feelings. Mindfulness is used to focus in the present moment.

Remember, at Buena Vista Therapy we are here to help and to support you. No matter how great or how small the challenge may be, know that at Buena Vista Therapy your mental health is our top priority.

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