Dealing with Depression in 2020: What You Need to Know

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

 

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition. Depression negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression can cause feelings of sadness and/or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.

The main symptom of depression is a sad, despairing mood is present most days and lasts most of the day, lasts for more than two weeks, impairs the person’s performance at work, at school or in social relationships. (CAMH, 2020).

In Canada, depression continues to impact 3.4 million Canadians each year. In 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that depressive illnesses will become the second leading cause of disease burden worldwide and the leading cause in developed countries like Canada.

Many factors can contribute such as genetics, personality, and environmental factors. Sometimes low-mood may be a symptom of unresolved traumas and these traumas can affect a person’s day-to-day functioning.

A study in the U.S. by Ettman, et al. found that the COVID-19 pandemic  from March to April of this year, the national number of mental health diagnoses had risen by 28% with an additional 25%—showed milder signs of depression (Ettman etal., 2020). Common factors or “COVID stressor” that one may experience during the pandemic include the loss of a job, the death of a loved one or financial distress. In their study, Ettman et al., found participants who had less than $5,000 in savings were also about 50% more likely to suffer from depression than wealthier people (Ettman etal., 2020). In keeping with usual demographic trends, women were more likely to experience depression than men, and single people were more likely to experience depression than married couples (Ettman etal., 2020).

 

HOW DO YOU TREAT DEPRESSION?

One of the best ways to treat your depression is attending ‘talk therapy’ such as psychotherapy or counselling.  Talk  therapy involves discussing your depressive symptoms and what may be contributing to them with a trained therapist.  A therapist can help you look for patterns and behaviours that may be reinforcing your depressive mood and develop healthier coping strategies. 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most popular and commonly form of psychotherapy for depression. CBT can help you to uncover the patterns of negative thoughts and reinforcing behaviours. CBT treatment focuses on challenging these negative thought patterns and learning coping strategies that help you manage depressive thoughts and look at situations in a healthier way. 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)can help in treating aspects of depression, if the depression itself is the result of unresolved trauma. This view EMDR can be an effective treatment, by processing suffering from distressing memories of the past and depressive symptoms my resolve. 

Your therapist can teach you more about depression and help you understand yours. You can discuss new strategies to manage stress and to keep your depression from getting worse or coming back.

 

HOW CAN TORONTO TALK THERAPY HELP YOU TREAT YOUR DEPRESSION?

Dealing with depression is not easy, but there are ways for you to manage these feelings. As previously discussed, one of the most effective ways of managing your depression is through psychotherapy or counselling. 

At Toronto Talk Therapy, we provide professional treatment for depression and other specialized psychotherapy services to help you better understand your mental health. Get in touch with us for assistance and guidance in treating your depression by booking an appointment with us today. 

 

REFERENCES 

Centre of Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) (2020). Anxiety Disorders. Website. Retrieved from https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/depressionon September 17, 2020. 

 

Ettman CK, Abdalla SM, Cohen GH, Sampson L, Vivier PM, Galea S. Prevalence of Depression Symptoms in US Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(9):e2019686. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.19686

Stress at work, in our personal lives, and everything in between can trigger emotions of anger, especially in the stress-driven society in which we live.

Why Manage Your Anger? 

While anger is an innate human response, one must learn to express this emotion as overly angered  or aggressive behavior can be disruptive to one’s day-to-day life. Research by Staicus et al., shows  anger can have a various negative impacts on one’s health.  

Anger can be expressed in various ways such as acting out on others through threat or violence, it can lead to poor problem solving, having poor relationships and at times we can direct anger at ourselves to being overly self-critical. 

 

Red Flags That Indicate You Have Anger Management Issues 

Although feeling angry over someone or a situation is normal can be normal, there are warning signs that suggest you are not managing your anger in a healthy way. These include the following:

  • Easily frustrated
  • Repetitive negative thoughts and seeing the bad sign in every situation; 
  • Feelings of irritation, and impatience
  • Small disagreements escalate into full-fledged arguments 
  • Having an urge to throw or hit something 
  • Resorting to destructive behavior  driving recklessly
  • Coping with substances such as alcoholAvoiding talking about your anger
  • Feelings of guilt

If you are concerned about your anger and experiencing any of these  indicate a need to speak to a professional before your anger escalates and you  hurt  yourself or someone you love.

How Does Anger Management Therapy Help You? 

Anger management therapy can help you acquire the tools and skills required to better understand and to be able to manage your anger. In their meta-analysis review , Del Vecchio et al., showed that Cognitive Therapies has produced moderate to high effect size for treating various anger presentations. 

While anger management therapy does not stop you from feeling angry, it allows one to recognize the signs of negative behaviour and find effective strategies to process and manage your anger. After all, anger is a healthy and perfectly normal emotion, but it’s up to each individual to identify and manage their anger before it can affect your personal health and important relationships. 

 

What Can You Do to Manage your Anger?

Many can agree that leading a hectic and fast-paced lifestyle can be stressful and frustrating and over time can lead to anger and negative outcomes.

If you’re looking for ways to better manage your anger you can reach-out to Toronto Talk Therapy who can work with you in identifying unhealthy thinking and behavioural patterns that may contribute to your anger.

Here at Toronto Talk Therapy, we understand that solutions often require individualized approaches, which is why we offer online talk therapy to tailor the right anger management approach that best suits your individual needs. With our help, you can learn to respond better to your feelings, so don’t hesitate to reach out and see what we can do to help you manage your anger. 

 

References

Staicu, Mihaela-Luminiţa, and Mihaela Cuţov. “Anger and health risk behaviors.” Journal of medicine and life vol. 3,4 (2010): 372-5.

 

Del Vecchio T, O’Leary KD. Effectiveness of anger treatments for specific anger problems: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review. 2004;24:15–34.