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What is depression?

We all go through spells of feeling down but if you are feeling depressed you are likely to be feeling persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression is a serious mental health condition, not a sign of weakness or something the individual can just ‘snap out of’. Depression can affect people in different ways and cause a variety of symptoms. Here is a list of some of the symptoms of depression:

  • Continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling guilt-ridden
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of other people
  • Having no motivation or interest in things
  • Feeling indecisive
  • Not getting enjoyment out of life
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
  • Lack of energy or interest in sex
  • Change in appetite
  • Disturbed sleep (sleeping too much or sleeping too little)

This is not an exhaustive list as there are different levels of severity of depression (mild, moderate and severe) as well as different types of depression such as seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, post-natal depression and others.

If you think you are suffering from depression, contact your GP to discuss your symptoms.

Treatment for depression

A combination of anti-depressant medication and psychological therapy has been shown to be most effective for the treatment of depression. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy are the most effective therapeutic approaches for the treatment of depression. If you are interested in exploring the underlying causes of your depressive symptoms, cognitive analytic therapy could also be helpful.

At The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, you are likely to meet first with our Consultant Psychiatrist for a review of your medication needs if this isn’t already being managed by your GP. You might decide that medication isn’t for you at this time in which case you might be assessed by one of our team of psychologists. Following this meeting there will be a recommendation as to which therapeutic approach best meets your needs. Our psychologists are all trained in the treatment of depression.

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