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What is and Depression

It is normal to feel sad, moody, and low from time to time, and it’s not unusual to lose interest in activities you usually enjoy. However, sometimes that mood, lack of motivation, and loss of interest can persist and become uncontrollable. For some individuals this can impact their daily lives and they may experience these feelings intensely. Depression can be long-standing or more shirt-lived based on a specific situation. Either way, depression can affect both your physical and mental health, leading to issues in relationships and other areas of your life, and ultimately stop you from achieving things you desire.

Common symptons of depression

Depression can manifest in many ways. Here are some of the common symptoms people experience.

  • Behaviour:
    • Not going out anymore
    • Not participating in usual enjoyable activities
    • Withdrawing from close family and friends
    • Relying on alcohol and other drugs
    • Inability to concentrate
  • Feelings:
    • Overwhelmed
    • Guilty
    • Irritable
    • Frustrated
    • Sad, Unhappy, Miserable
    • Lacking Confidence
    • Numb
  • Thoughts:
    • “I’m a failure”
    • “Nothing good ever happens to me”
    • “Life’s not worth living”
    • “I’m not good enough”
    • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Physical:
    • Sick and run down
    • Tired all the time
    • Headaches and muscle pains
    • Loss or change of appetite
    • Weight gain or loss

Self management tips and strategies

  • Maintain a health lifestyle
    • Healthy Eating
    • Exercise
  • Learn about depression so you understand what you’re experiencing
  • Start relaxation or mindfulness training
  • Creating a routine and sticking to it
  • Set small achievable goals each day
  • Connect with family and friends to maintain contact and support
  • Reach out to support groups if you need extra help
    • Beyond Blue
    • Local Community Health Centre

When can a Psychologist help?

Whilst low mood, low motivation, and a loss of interest is expected from time, when symptoms become persistent and impact your usual activity then it might be a good time to speak to someone and seek extra support. Psychologists can help you work out strategies for managing and reducing the symptoms of depression and explore underlying causes. Our team is here to help when you need a bit of extra support in regaining control to live your best life. You can book online here, give us a call on (02) 4625 3339 or email us at


Our Emotional wellbeing Check (EWC) is a brief 30 minute ‘check up’ for your emotional health. It is not intended as treatment or mental health assessment. It is designed to help raise awareness of the importance of our emotional health in our overall quality of life. 

Who is it for? 

Our EWC is for anyone who has wondered about their emotional health or is just wanting a ‘check up’ to see how they’re tracking. This service is not designed for anyone who has a current and serious mental health diagnosis. 

What does it involve?

Our EWC involves a 30 minute individual session with one of our provisional psychologists. About a week before the session you’ll be asked to complete our consent form, which outlines our T&Cs. You’ll then complete a few brief questionnaires. The group of questionnaires take about 15-20 mins to complete in total. We will receive your results and provide you with a personalised report about what it all means along with some recommendations, if needed. 

How much does it cost? 

Free Emotional Wellbeing Check for people from Macarthur and Liverpool area during Lockdown

As a local psychology practice we would love to offer our EWS for free to people from Macarthur and Liverpool area during Lockdown.
As times can be tough with stay at home orders and working from home we would love to give something back and support our community.
Your EWC includes a 30 minute session and the personalised report.
Please note that our EWC is a flat fee of $45 for people residing outside of the Macarthur and Liverpool area and when restrictions are lifted in Macarthur and Liverpool area.

How do I book?

It’s easy, you can book online using our Book an Appointment button at the top and bottom of the page or just call our friendly team on 02 4625 3339. 

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