Depression Symptoms

Depression is Not Just In The Mind

It’s In The Nervous System Too!

Depression Symptoms

Persistent Sadness

Overwhelming and persistent sadness is common symptom of depression. The experience of hopelessness makes it difficult to see good in life. This feeling makes it difficult to carry out meaningful activities due to an overwhelming sense of despair.


Depression will turn a person’s misery inward. Doubt grows questioning the ability to do anything. Self-criticism is strong which can perpetuate a downward spiral. When low self-esteem and self-loathing are combined, suicidal thoughts may occur, which can lead to self-harm.

Low Self-Esteem

With depression it is difficult to effectively carry out responsibilities, friends and family may be isolated. Even being diagnosed with depression, blame can still be there for lack of sociability. This can decrease self-esteem and begin a cycle of self-doubt and negativity.

Difficulty Making Decisions

Research shows the average person makes four or five decisions per hour. The vast majority of these decisions require little forethought, but a person with depression can find even the smallest decisions difficult. Medications used to treat depression can also cause memory problems.


Feeling of guilt is common in depression. Worse, a sense of being unable to correct the causes of guilt can create an emotional tailspin that exacerbates other symptoms such as anti-social tendencies and low self-esteem.

Disinterest in All Activities

A loss of interest in favorite activities is a prevalent effect of depression. Lack of focus makes tasks difficult, leading to poor performance, which brings the person back to the negative self-thought process. Lack of sex drive will impact intimate relationships. Difficulties with personal relationships further leads to a sense of failure and worsening self-esteem issues.

Isolation and Irritability

Depression can make a person feel that they are unable to act in a socially appropriate manner. Depression can cause irritability and the person being short-tempered or seem obstinately silent. This may cause isolation. and Avoidance of others can lead to worsening of the symptoms of depression.


Almost half of people with depression also experience anxiety around the worry about personal and professional future. Feelings of anxiety may eventually fade, but this could indicate the individual has given up altogether.

Energy Loss

Lack of energy can occur due to sadness and other factors.This can lead to fatigue in severe cases. Fatigue further hampers work and personal relationships and can lead to a downward spiral.

Disturbed Sleep Patterns

Depression can result in abnormal sleep patterns and often struggle with insomnia and frequent awakening throughout the night. Lethargy and lack of hope may make it seem impossible to get out of bed.

Body Weight and Appetite Changes

Depression and appetite change often go hand in hand – binge eating or lose of appetite altogether. This symptom can further exacerbate feelings of self-loathing. The medications used to treat depression can also cause weight changes, usually weight gain.

High-Risk Behavior

An individual may spend money frivolously, embark on dangerous adventures, carelessly sleep with multiple partners, or develop a substance abuse issue.

Suicidal Tendencies

Self-harm and a preoccupied with death is a symptom experienced by some people with depression. The reckless tendencies can increase the likelihood of deliberate or accidental self-harm. Individuals preoccupied with these thoughts should seek professional help immediately.

Words to Describe Depression

Depression is lying in bed waiting for something to change but not understanding what to do.

Depression is watching other people make life milestones and wondering “why not me?”

Depression is the feeling of shame for merely existing.

Depression is a deep feeling of alienation and isolation.

Depression is wanting to do things but not having the energy to do it.

Depression is a feeling of emptiness and desperation.

Alternative to Counselling

Although Counselling has been the traditional method of therapy for Depression – Direct Neurofeedback at the Alpine Clinic can offer you the most profound opportunity to make lasting changes in your life that will result in an emotional shift and a new sense of happiness.

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“Why Is Depression So Persistent?”

Because it’s NOT All in the Mind.

It is also in the Nervous System.

To successfully treat Depression you MUST attend to your physiology as well as your psychology.

How the Nervous System Responds

How we experience the events and people in our day-to-day life is based on how well our nervous system can respond.

When we are either stuck in the Freeze State, where we feel shutdown and overwhelmed – this is the Depressed state.

OR stuck in the Fight or Flight State and feel “ON” and hyper-vigilant – this is the Anxiety state.

Then we can’t properly process the stimuli around us.

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The # 1 Issue with Depression Symptoms!

“They hide the possibility of feeling free, of happiness and joy.

They shade the possibility of creativity and open expression.

Depression barricades and blocks a sense of worth and colours everything around it in a tone of grey.

Depression is a treacherous house guest that tries to destroy from within rather than build-up.

It tries to breakdown rather than repair.

It attempts isolate rather than open.”      

Claire Maisonneuve, director Alpine Clinic

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Counselling for Depression

At the Alpine Clinic, our Counsellors understand the necessity to consider what happens in your body as well as in your mind.

We provide Counselling that helps address both the way depression is trapped in the body and how it affects your mind in order to help you reclaim your sense of self-confidence and well-being.

Many of our clients combine Counselling with Direct Neurofeedback.

Direct Neurofeedback for Depression

Direct Neurofeedback is a brain technology that calms your brain and helps reset your nervous system.

You can think of Counselling as working on your mind, while the Direct Neurofeedback works on your brain.

By sending imperceptible micro-signals, to your brain, Direct Neurofeedback helps to get you out of stuck and frozen patterns of thinking and reacting.

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“I sleep better, I ‘m not feeling depressed, the constant anxiety has gone, my thoughts don’t spiral.”

“After the first session I felt better for almost 24 hours. Then I felt the familiar surge of anxiety come back and slid back into that dark place I’ve been for many years.”

“After each treatment the negative feelings went away, and are now staying away.”

“I’m only 7 sessions in but there is no way I’ll turn back now.”

“The staff is amazing. Positive, helpful, supportive, friendly. And the Neurofeedback is totally worth it. It’s hard to spend money on your own wellness sometimes but this makes everything better.”

“The only other thing that has helped me like this was 2 weeks in the Peruvian jungle on an Ayahuasca retreat. I’d try this first though :)”

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Depression Symptoms

Depression can happen when hurts from the past continue to affect you and keep you from experiencing the potential for joy that lies inside you.

Most of us have felt anxious or depressed, at least once in a while.   Whether it’s being fired, losing a friend or getting divorced, there are many tough situations that can lead us to feel sad, lonely or anxious. These are normal reactions to stressful situations in life.

But some of us seem to experience feelings of sadness or despair more frequently for what seems like no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning. If this sounds like you, it’s possible you’re suffering from depression.

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted—the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. If these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that’s when it’s time to seek help.

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Counselling Testimonials

"I felt trapped by my past, was continually bombarded with negative thinking, and was steadily gaining weight. Through the counseling I received from Claire …I was able to accept my past, calm the negative thoughts, and begin to lose weight. Claire offered me practical skills to deal with adverse situations and enabled me to re-take control of my life…. I now feel free from my past and look to the future with confidence." P.M. Delta

"Claire I want to thank you so much.  I did not know what to expect when I began work with you, but now know how pivotal it was in moving beyond past events.   I can honestly say that I feel myself again and that life has regained it's spark. You truly are gifted in your work.  As you have helped many, thank you for playing this role in my life." C. C.

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Direct Neurofeedback is an Alternative to Counselling

Direct Neurofeedback - it's FAST ACTING!

  • - It's very effective for helping Depression.

  • - It is non-invasive, drug-free, painless and FDA approved.

  • - Results are impressive and many clients notice a change within a few sessions.

  • - Direct Neurofeedback allows the Mind to relax and the Nervous System to Reset.

  • - It Reenergizes the Nervous System and the pattern of Depression Begins to Break.

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Forms of Depression

Depression also comes in many shapes and forms. The different types also have unique symptoms, causes and effects.

  1. Major depression is characterized by the inability to enjoy life and feel pleasure, often lasting for over six months. The symptoms are constant, ranging from moderate to severe. Some people experience just a single depressive episode in their lifetime, such as after a marital break up or the loss of a loved one. However, major depression can often be a recurring condition.

  1. Persistent depressive disorder, or PDD is a type of chronic “low-grade” depression that can last for years. On most days, you feel mildly or moderately depressed, although you may also have brief periods where you feel “normal”. The symptoms of PDD are not as strong as major depression, but they can make it very difficult to enjoy life. Some people also experience major depressive episodes on top of PDD, a condition known as “double depression.”

  1. Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic depression, is characterized by cycling mood changes. Episodes of depression alternate with manic episodes, which can include impulsive behaviour, hyperactivity, rapid speech, and trouble sleeping. Treatments for bipolar disorder are quite different than for other forms of depression. For example, anti-depressant medications could actually make bipolar disorder worse.

  1. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition that can affect you unexpectedly during the winter months. You may feel hopeless, sad, tense, or stressed, with no interest in friends or activities you normally enjoy. SAD usually begins in the fall or winter and remains until the brighter days of spring or summer return.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders are not the same.

Many people who develop depression also have a history of anxiety disorder, but there is no evidence one disorder causes the other. However, there is clear evidence that many people suffer from both disorders at the same time.

While more than 50% of people who suffer from anxiety are also affected by depression, they are two separate disorders.

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Getting treatment for depression is important.

If you’re dealing with depression, it’s important to ask for help. There is no “one-size fits all” solution for depression, and we’ll develop a customized approach just for you.

After you contact our office, we’ll work together on a treatment plan that helps you:

  • Overcome blue moods.

  • Feel good about yourself and your life.

  • Build your self-esteem.

  • Connect you to your sense of aliveness, vitality and positive energy.

  • Restore your motivation to do things and to plan for your future.

  • Increase your ability to trust yourself in making decisions.

  • Feel good inside your own body.

  • Awaken your sexual desire.

Overcoming depression starts by asking for help. While it can feel like you’re alone in the world, we are here to support you. Let’s get started on your journey back to a positive and energized life.

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A Personal Letter To YOU,

It takes courage to initiate a change in your life - especially one that has been weighing you down for a long time. It is almost as if that which you want to get rid of is a familiar friend. In reality it is your enemy, that undermines and restricts you everyday.

Isn't it time to finally throw the enemy out and live the rest of your life free?

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If you are hesitant in any way about taking the next step, call the number below and ask for me personally - so we can talk.

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