Depression is a normal emotion, which can lead to a very serious illness (often called major depression, clinical depression or depressive illness). Living with the condition should never be an option for anyone as depression treatment exists and can help alleviate suffering. The Priory has a number of clinics where depression help, support and counselling is available.
What is depression?-
Depression is an illness, not a sign of weakness, nobody is immune to depression and it can happen at any age. In fact, around 10% of men and 25% of women will develop it at some point in their life. Do not consider living with depression though, timely help and counselling can make a lot of difference.
Although you might find it hard to believe now, you can tackle your depressive illness and achieve positive mental wellbeing again.
At the Priory we offer tailored depression treatment programmes for individuals, based on their medical history and personal experience. A specialist consultant will oversee your treatment, which will usually include a course of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and may also include medication to restore the chemical imbalance in your brain’s limbic system.
Our holistic approach to depression treatment includes varied exercise programmes as well as a nationwide network of support groups. We encourage healthy eating to promote your long term recovery.
Depressive illness is treatable, that’s why over 93% of those being treated for it at a Priory hospital or clinic last year showed improved mental wellbeing.
What are the symptoms of depression and causes?-
For many people, depression is triggered by:
- A stressful life event – bereavement, divorce or social isolation
- Alcohol or drug use – some medical treatments may cause depression
- Non-psychiatric illness
- Psychiatric syndromes
Common symptoms of depression include, feeling a persistent loss of one or more of these emotions:
- A lack of energy, motivation, enthusiasm, concentration, processing abilities
- Confidence, self esteem, sex drive
- Positive feelings, such as love and hope
In addition you may experience:
- Feeling worse in the morning
- Increased or reduced sleep
- Increased or reduced appetite
- Significantly lower mood
What are the treatments for depression?-
Although it may be hard for you to believe, you can overcome your depressive illness by receiving depression treatment. The treatments most commonly used are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a type of psychotherapy, and antidepressants. Both are proven to be successful in combating depression.
Can a psychiatric assessment help me with depression?-
Just as a patient sees a doctor about a physical illness, a psychiatrist will look at your symptoms and explore how they have developed.
A psychiatrist will try to find out what makes you likely to suffer a depressive illness. Are you generally more negative or do you suffer from low self-esteem? Does the condition run in your family? Are there unresolved long-term problems? The use of alcohol and drugs, both medicinal and recreational, can also significantly influence an individual’s mood. You will be asked to provide information about your medical history, as some illnesses like an underactive thyroid may cause depression and it helps the psychiatrist to decide what medicine is most suitable.
The psychiatrist will look for a wide range of psychiatric symptoms. One of the most important is to determine whether you are so depressed, you may have suicidal thoughts.