Family Services Association - Depression Picture 1The causes of depression are likely to be different for different people. Sometimes a depressive episode can appear to come out of nowhere at a time when everything seems to be going fine. Other times, depression may be directly related to a significant event in our lives such as losing a loved one, experiencing trauma, or battling a chronic illness. People of all ages, races, and social class can become depressed.

Family Services Association - Depression Picture 2It is important to recognize that a clinical depression is more than just the “blues” or times when we experience temporary feelings of sadness that occur to all people from time to time. It is a serious condition that affects a person’s mind and body. It impacts all aspects of everyday life and can affect a person’s eating and sleeping, and can disturb their relationships in the workplace as well as in their social and family environment. It often negatively impacts on how a person thinks about themselves. If they do not receive appropriate treatment their symptoms can continue for weeks, months, or even years.

The good news is that very effective treatments are available to help those who are experiencing symptoms of depression. One area of relief can be obtained through counseling. To arrange for counselling, please call our Intake Counsellor at 902-420-1980 or 1-888-886-5552 (toll free) or email

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