Everyone can feel upset or sad from time-to-time, however, when these feelings are persistent, overwhelming or are affecting your ability to function on a daily basis, it may be that you are experiencing Depression. Depression is a serious mental health condition. It is not a sign of weakness or something that you can just “snap out of”.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. These symptoms range from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy. You may also feel very tearful. There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling persistently tired, sleeping poorly, having no appetite or sex drive, and experiencing various aches and pains.
The symptoms of Depression can range from mild to severe. At its mildest, the person may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while severe Depression can make someone feel suicidal, and that life is no longer worth living.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, the majority of people with Depression can make a full recovery.
Treatment for Depression
Many people wait a long time before seeking help for Depression, but it's best not to delay. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery.
A combination of anti-depressant medication and psychological therapy has been shown to be the most effective treatment of Depression. The recommended treatments include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
We're here to help. If you would like to enquire about treatment for Depression at The Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic, please do not hesitate to get in touch to arrange an assessment.