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by Dr. Becky Spelman on 21/03/2020

Dealing With Depression

Depression, which ranges from mild to severe, can be an extremely debilitating condition. People with depression – and there are many, as this is one of the most common psychological disorders – can experience a wide range of symptoms, including prolonged feelings of sorrow or distress, feelings of guilt and intolerance for themselves, and difficulties with sleep, socialising, and sex drive. Treatment for depression helps to tackle these issues to help the individual onto the path of recovery.

Above all, depression is not the same as the feelings of grief and sorrow we experience when, for example, someone we love dies, or we have to retire from a job we’ve always loved. At difficult times during our lives, grief and sorrow are often completely rational, healthy ways to react. Over time, we adjust to the new situation and we start to feel better. With depression, however, there is often no end in sight. Some people try to “self-medicate” with alcohol and/or illegal or inappropriately used prescription drugs, and can end up having to deal with addiction problems too. Untreated, depression can blight a promising life.

If you suffer from depression, you already know how painfully difficult it can be to get through life; you may feel that, as a result, you are far from living up to your potential.

Related Conditions

Bipolar Disorder : People with Bipolar Disorder have extreme mood swings, essentially identifying with a bigger part of the mood spectrum. They experience periods of depression and mania, often with periods of ‘normal’ mood in between.

Post Natal Depression : A form of depression that occurs after childbirth

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) : A disorder where a person may have depression like symptoms in darker winter months but not in summer.

Treatment for Depression

In the short term, medication can be a genuine life-safer, and very effective in helping to manage some of the worst symptoms of depression. But it is not a catch-all cure, and we recommend that patients with depression seek out forms of therapy and counselling that will provide long-term relief, without the side effects of medication.

One of the most effective treatments for depression is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), provided by a fully qualified psychologist. This helps the patient to take control of his or her condition by learning how to recognise and change their thoughts and behavioural patterns with respect to their depression. Research has also proven that other techniques such as Mindfulness and  Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) can also be very effective.

If you feel that you would benefit from counselling for depression, make sure that your therapist is a fully qualified Psychologist (HCPC registered), CBT Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited) or Psychiatrist (RcPsych). Such a professional will be in the best position to provide you with the sort of help you need.

How Can I Get Treatment For Depression In London?

If you would like to talk to someone about counselling or treatment for depression in London, please get in touch with us at the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: +4402038820684 for a free confidential chat or to arrange an appointment with an expert, you can book online.