Depression

Depression along with anxiety is the most common mental health problem we face.

Depression as an illness needing treatment differs from depression as a normal reaction to distressing life circumstances in that it is longer lasting, beyond a few weeks, and usually more severe in nature.

Depression differs from sadness in that it affects sleep, thinking, concentration, appetite and motivation to do things.

Symptoms of depression can be very severe and also very prevalent, interfering with daily life.

We will use an simple assessment to measure how severe yours is and how it is affecting your life.

 

The most common symptoms of depression are:

Little interest or pleasure in doing things

Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless

Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much

Feeling tired or having little energy

Poor appetite or overeating

Feeling bad about yourself in some way

Trouble concentrating on things

Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could notice, or the opposite, being so restless and moving much more than usual

Thoughts of being better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way

Most bouts of depression can be dealt with very effectively and in a relatively short period of time using targetted psychotherapy, primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). We will offer that, and also mindfulness based CBT which is evidenced to be very helpful. 

For severe depression it may be helpful to combine these psychotherapies with medication and for that we will access medical advice with you.

Depression can be present in other conditions such as trauma, addiction, relationship problems. We will help identify if this is the case and offer you, or help you access, services for those conditions alongside the targeted psychotherapies we are providing.

 

We are independent financially of any practitioner or organisation we recommend. Recovering no referral fees or commissions or services in kind. So we can offer you unbiased advice. We will usually have visited the services and practitioners we recommend personally.