As a psychologist, I like to take a holistic approach to treating depression, anxiety and stress – that is, working with the whole person, and treating both mind and body.
An article in “The Sunday Mail” newspaper (July 2015) featured “The Australian Wellness Index”, which is used to monitor the status of our country’s health across a number of key areas.
One area that warrants more attention is our National Psychological Health, which has declined every year for the past six years, according to the results measured by the “Wellness Index”.
People in our community are experiencing rising rates of anxiety, depression and stress – it is no wonder that overall psychological health scores for our population on this index are declining, and have been dropping further and further every year since 2009.
Put simply, Mr and Mrs Average in our community are becoming increasingly stressed and unhappier year by year by year … it is clearly time to stop that decline! Has this been your experience?
How a Psychologist Can Help with Treating Depression
Seeing a psychologist can be the first step in treating depression, as you will be able to learn:
- how to get back on track personally;
- powerful tools to get the most out of your own wonderful life; and
- how to implement the strategies to achieve your goals.
Or perhaps you are one of the large number of people finding that more and more frequently, you just cannot think clearly day by day, because there is so much busyness and “stuff” in your life.
Indeed at certain times in our lives, many of us may find our mind and body unravels to the point of sleep disturbance, over eating and excessive drinking – and yet we kid ourselves that this is just the price to pay for a busy working life.
Could it in fact be depression rearing its ugly head?
To further assist in helping people like you to take better care of mind AND body, I frequently include food coaching advice for interested clients. A holistic approach is important when looking after your mind and body, because evidence shows that nutritional healthy eating helps alleviate stress and anxiety symptoms, as well as assisting with properly balancing the neurochemistry of our brains.
If you are wanting to take better care of your mind and body – whether you are just wanting to make the most of your life, or feel you are close to breaking point – please make an appointment with me.
Author: Peter Doyle, B Psych (Hons), MAPS, MCCOUNP, MCOP.
Peter is endorsed both as a Counselling Psychologist and Organisational Psychologist and has over 25 years’ experience in clinical, counselling and workplace settings, helping clients with a diverse range of personal, lifestyle and psychological wellbeing issues.
Peter is currently not practicing at M1 Psychology, find his details on his website: Guidelight Psychology.