Learn about Depression

What is Depression?

Depression is a disorder involving a prolonged period of low mood. Depression affects people differently but you may experience a prolonged period of sadness, lack of interest in things you usually enjoy, struggling to concentrate or a feeling of hopelessness. Some people struggle to remember good times or feel a need to sleep or not leave the house. You may neglect yourself by not eating enough or overeating, not washing as much, stopping working, seeing friends or exercising. Depression is more than just feeling sad it is a prolonged change in mood lasting at least 2 weeks but can last much longer.

What causes Depression?

There are many potential reasons why people develop depression. There are some who think there are biological factors at play like brain functioning or genetics but scientists are not yet sure about this. Even so, medications can be very helpful. What we do know is that the hopelessness or “back cloud” people feel with depression is key. It may have been a survival benefit to back away from issues that seem hopeless but if we believe we can’t escape from the problem or our feelings of hopeless get trapped in our mind.

Life Events & Triggers

Life events can cause us to feel this hopelessness. Childhood events such as abuse or neglect, school bullying or trauma can cause us to feel this hopelessness and expect it to last. We may have low self-esteem or blame ourselves for things. In later life, setbacks can cause periods of depression. This can be break-ups, bereavements, losing our job, money problems, chronic pain or any other setback that makes a person feel hopeless or badly about themselves. Certain ways of thinking or worries may make us more likely to develop depression in response to these stressors.

How do we treat Depression?

There are many ways to treat depression. We can work with depression therapeutically, where we can start by looking at behaviour work to restore things that make you feel achievement, enjoyment or closeness to others. This will help you feel good and start restoring some hope. We may begin to work on building your self-esteem and planning ahead. The exact work will be highly tailored to you but will all be about fulfilling your own goals and building yourself up.

Anti-depressant medicines work by increasing levels of certain chemicals like serotonin in the brain. Whether this works by changing brain chemistry or opening up new ways of thinking is debated but the medicine is effective. By speaking with your GP, you can explore the pharmacological options open to you.

Trusted & Private Therapy

Our therapy and counselling services extend to both adults and children. We can work on an individual one to one basis, with couples, families and also groups. We provide a safe space in which you can share your problems as you gain a greater understanding of them. We help you to find ways in which you can either resolve or manage these issues better.

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Glossary of Conditions

Anxiety

Anxiety refers to thoughts, feelings and physical sensations of worry or feeling under threat. Feeling like you are struggling to breathe or living your day-to-day life you may benefit from therapy.

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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is a disorder where a person eats a large amount of food in a short space of time. They may not be hungry when doing this, often resulting in physical discomfort.

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Depression

Depression is a disorder involving a prolonged period of low mood and it affects people differently. Depression is more than just feeling sad it is a prolonged change in mood.

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OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterised by recurrent persistent thoughts that cause distress until the person performs ritualised behaviour.

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Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder and it occurs when you have a surge of intense fear that strikes suddenly and repeatedly without warning.

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PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder develops after having or witnessing a traumatic experience. This could be an accident, an assault or some forms of abuse.

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