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Many adults suffer from fleeting feelings of hopelessness and sadness, however some individuals may experience symptoms of depression. Depression tends to impact people in significant ways and for a longer periods of time. NU Psychology offers specialized psychology services for individuals with depression.

NU Psychology offers specialized psychology services for individuals with depression.


NU Psychology and Depression

Symptoms of depression differ among individuals in both presentation, cause, and severity. Symptoms can look like fatigue, loss of interest, changes in appetite, lack of motivation, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, and anhedonia. Depression impacts our experience of how we live in our day to day life. It impacts how we think, feel, and act. Depression can silently affect daily routines, one's social life, and work place or academic functioning. Mild depression can often go unnoticed as the feelings may have come on slowly and have been persistent for a long time. Moderate and Severe depression is more noticeable and individuals may experience difficulties with doing everyday activities. Depression is a serious and treatable condition. Treating depression requires an individualized approach, that involves supporting a client's unique needs and goals. NU Psychology specializes in the assessment and treatment of depression of all individuals. 

Major Depression

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is diagnosed when an individual experiences a loss of interest and pleasure in the things they normally enjoy and a persistent depressed mood. Individuals may feel a sense of helplessness, guilt or worthless, and difficulties doing activities or completing tasks due to lethargy, sadness, or lack of energy. Individuals with MDD may experience anxious distress, restlessness, and have difficulties with sleep cycles. Suicidal thoughts may also travel with Depression and should be examined with your therapist. Suicidal thoughts may be those related to ideation (wishing you could just disappear) or those related to having serious thoughts or plans. If you or a loved one is experiencing such thoughts - it is important to get immediate help by calling 911. Additionally to discuss suicidal thoughts, a crisis line can be helpful place to discuss such feelings.


The number for Calgary's distress centre is 403-266-HELP (4357)  

Dysthymia or Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

Dysthymia or persistent depressive disorder (PDD) is a chronic form of depression that has the symptoms of major depressive disorder. However, unlike the earlier forms discussed, PDD affects one’s mood, behaviour and physical functions such as loss of appetite and sleep. People suffering from PDD experience deep sadness and hopelessness to the extent that their daily routine is heavily disrupted and simple tasks seem impossible to get done. This chronic form of depression differs from the major depressive disorder as most symptoms last for a longer time period and occur at a lower but consistent intensity. In short, the symptoms are less severe but last much longer, sometimes upwards of two years for adults.

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