We offer treatment for Depression in our clinics in Godalming (near Guildford), Surrey and Haywards Heath, West Sussex, Petersfield and Portsmouth.
Depression is quite common and affects about one in five older people. Therefore it is likely to affect many of us at some point in our lives. Depression affects people in different ways and can manifest in a number of different symptoms, ranging from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also experience anxiety. There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and experiencing various aches and pains.
Symptoms of Depression
Most people will experience elements of depression from time to time, but where it becomes a problem is when the symptoms are present for several months or longer.
There are numerous symptoms that can be split across three areas as follows:
What causes Depression?
Sometimes there is a trigger for depression. Stress, Life-changing events, money worries, bereavement, losing your job, illness or even having a baby, can bring it on. However sometimes it is more difficult to pinpoint a cause and it may be an accumulation of experiences over many years, many of which you may have had little awareness was impacting you.
People who are highly determined and driven and pride themselves on ‘getting on with life’ can be particularly vulnerable. People with a family history can also be more likely to experience it themselves.
Treatment for Depression
We would typically recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (or therapeutic approaches derived from CBT including Compassion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness), which is recommended by NICE as one of the most effective interventions for depression and low mood.
Research suggests that once you have experienced an episode of depression in your life you are more likely to have recurring episodes. However Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) shows excellent results (through research trials) at reducing the risk of it recurring. MBCT was designed for people who have had depression in the past but who are not actively depressed although research is now suggesting it might be helpful for those people who are also in the midst of depression.
The Psychologists within The Psychology Company have extensive training and experience using Mindfulness as a way of helping people manage their difficulties and all have their own regular mindfulness practice (which is in line with good practice guidelines).
Assessment & Treatment
We offer assessment and treatment for Depression in our clinics in Godalming (near Guildford), Surrey and Haywards Heath in West Sussex.
If you would like to arrange an initial confidential telephone conversation for you or someone you know, please get in touch.