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Dealing with Depression: A Counselor's Perspective

A represnetation of depression with the silhouette of a person standing in front of a bright window in a dark room

If you're reading this, chances are you or someone you care about is struggling with depression. Let me start by saying that you're not alone, and there is hope. At Mango Mental Health, we've had the privilege of walking alongside countless individuals on their journey through depression and understanding just how difficult and overwhelming it can feel. Depression is more than just feeling sad or down – it's a legitimate mental health condition that can profoundly impact every aspect of your life. Almost 1 in 8 adults identified symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder at some point in their lifetime, including 11.3% for depression and 2.6% for bipolar disorder. (1)

It's a heavy weight that can drain your energy, motivation, and joy, making even the simplest tasks seem insurmountable.

But here's the most important thing: Depression is treatable, and recovery is possible.

Understanding Depression

Let's start by dispelling some of the myths and stigma surrounding depression. It's not a sign of weakness or a character flaw – it's a real illness with biological, psychological, and social components. Depression can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. It's a complex condition that can manifest in different ways. Still, some common symptoms include:

  • persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness,

  • loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed,

  • changes in appetite or sleep patterns,

  • fatigue,

  • difficulty concentrating,

  • and even thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Causes and Risk Factors

There's no single cause of depression, but rather a combination of factors that can increase your risk. Genetics and biology play a role, as depression can run in families and is linked to imbalances in brain chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine.

According to the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey, 5.4% of Canadians aged 15 and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder, including 4.7% for major depression and 1.5% for bipolar disorder. (1) Life events and stressors, such as trauma, loss, or major life changes, can also contribute to the development of depression. Childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect, can leave lasting emotional scars that increase vulnerability. Additionally, factors like chronic illness, substance abuse, and sleep disturbances can exacerbate or trigger depressive episodes.

Coping Strategies and Self-Care

While seeking professional help is crucial, there are also things you can do to take an active role in your recovery.

Regular exercise, even a daily walk, can boost mood and reduce stress. Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, can help you stay grounded and present in the moment.

It's also important to develop a balanced lifestyle and healthy habits. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat a nutritious diet, and engage in activities that bring you joy and a sense of accomplishment, even in small ways.

Be kind and compassionate with yourself, and challenge those negative thought patterns that can perpetuate the cycle of depression.

Seeking Help and Support

If you're struggling with depression, it's crucial to seek professional help. At Mango Mental Health, we understand that taking that first step can be daunting, but our team of compassionate experts is here to guide you every step of the way. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments, including therapy (such as cognitive-behavioural or interpersonal therapy).

But professional help is just one piece of the puzzle. Building a strong support system is equally important.

Reach out to loved ones who can offer a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. Consider joining a support group to connect with others who understand what you're going through and share coping strategies.

Hope and Recovery

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that recovery from depression is possible.

At Mango Mental Health, we've witnessed countless individuals reclaim their lives and rediscover their sense of purpose and joy.

Recovery isn't a straight line – there may be setbacks and challenges along the way. But every small victory, every moment of hope or laughter, is a step in the right direction. Celebrate those wins, no matter how small they may seem.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Contact us at Mango Mental Health or explore other resources in your community.

There are people who understand what you're going through and are dedicated to helping you find a way back to a worthwhile life.

Depression can be a formidable opponent, but with the right support, coping strategies, and unwavering determination, it is beatable.

You have within you the strength and resilience to overcome this challenge. Hold on to hope, and know that brighter days lie ahead.


Depression can be an all-consuming and isolating experience, but you don't have to face it alone. By seeking professional support, building a caring network, and actively engaging in your recovery, you can reclaim your life from the grip of this illness.

At Mango Mental Health, we understand that the road to recovery is rarely straight. There will be ups and downs, victories and setbacks.

But our team is here to provide unwavering support and guidance, helping you develop the skills and resilience needed to overcome even the darkest days.

Remember, your depression does not define you. You are a strong, courageous individual with the ability to heal and grow. Celebrate your small wins, practice self-compassion, and never lose sight of the hope that lies ahead.

Recovery is possible, and you have the power to create the life you deserve – one filled with meaning, joy, and a renewed sense of purpose. Take that first step today, and know that we at Mango Mental Health are here to support you every step of the way.

You've already taken a courageous step by reading this article and acknowledging your struggle with depression. Hold on to that courage, and trust that better days lie ahead.

Your journey toward healing and wholeness begins now, and we couldn't be more honoured to be a part of it.


We hope you found insights and inspiration in our blog.

Remember, this space is dedicated to sharing knowledge and supporting your wellness journey with engaging reading material. However, it's essential to recognize that our blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Explore our services to learn more about how we can assist you, or get to know our compassionate team of expert therapists who are committed to your mental well-being.

If you would like to Book An Appointment with one of our therapists today, take the next step toward your mental health and wellness with Mango Mental Health.

We're here for you every step of the way.


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