Therapy for Depression – There’s no need to suffer alone. Reach out and get the treatment you need.
Everyone feels sad from time to time – it’s quite normal! Depression is different, in that the sadness lasts longer and can stop you from doing the things you used to enjoy. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable, and getting effective evidence-based treatment is essential. So let’s take a look at depression in order to understand how it develops and how we can treat it.
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How Common is Depression?
Depression is one of the most common challenges facing the population today. It is estimated to affect 1 in 5 people at some point in their life.
Am I Depressed or just Sad?
Sadness is a normal experience that tends to come and go from time to time. Depression is characterised by intense feelings of despair and hopelessness that last for two weeks or more. When we’re depressed we often find doing the bare basics difficult. These can include:
How did I end up feeling so depressed?
Depression can develop for a number of reasons that include genetic factors, psychological factors and social factors. In other words, it might be that there is a history of it in your family, and/or you have just hit a period in your life where things have all conspired against you. Common areas of difficulty include:
- Changes and challenges at work
- Relationship difficulties
- Social isolation
People often feel ashamed to admit that they are struggling, which is understandable when our self-esteem feels at rock bottom. Sufferers can often find themselves feeling angry with themselves for not being able to cope, leading them to add further painful judgements and conclusions about who they are as people. It is quite easy to withdraw and become tangled up in this unhelpful thinking. Depression is not a sign of weakness, it means you have been strong for too long! Often people can struggle to invest in their wellbeing, or try to soldier on on their own, which is often a major cause of their depression.
How can I help?
My training allows me to provide you with the latest evidence-based treatments. As a clinical psychologist I am different from single therapy trained professionals. I am trained in a number of different approaches, which is essential because one size treatment does not fit all – your depression will be very different from someone else’s. The approaches I use are recognised to be as effective as medication, and, unlike medication, we will get to the root cause so that you can feel real progress. Treatments that I use include CBT, Mindfulness, CAT, Narrative Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches.
If you have any particular approaches in mind, just let me know and we can explore it further.
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