Depression may be difficult to cope with, but it’s treatable and you don’t have to suffer alone. We will support you to identify the underlying causes for your depression and together with you, decide on the steps needed to restore your mental health and wellbeing.
Depression is a serious mental health condition associated with overwhelming feelings of sadness and extremely low mood. While most people will experience episodes of sadness, clinical depression limits your ability to function, impacting your ability to think clearly and interact with others as you typically would. You may experience changes to your appetite and sleep patterns, and may even see changes in your weight. Depression negatively impacts your quality of life and left untreated, may lead to long-term physical and psychological problems.
Priory therapist Niamh Maguire explores everything you need to know about depression, from the symptoms and causes to most effective treatments.
Getting depression counselling in London
Our North London specialist team are able to deliver a wide variety of established treatment. We will work you to find the best treatment pathway for your individual needs, in accordance with our tailored model of care. The type and intensity of the therapy offered to you will be tailored to your unique condition, symptoms and requirements. We have the following treatment options available:
- Outpatient treatment
- Day care services
- Inpatient (residential) treatment
Depending on which pathway is best suited to your needs, you’ll receive either one or a combination of the following formats of therapy:
Tried and tested therapy types, including:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Integrative therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Compassion focused therapy (CFT)
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Emotion focused therapy (EFT)
CBT is an incredibly effective treatment for depression and can help you to identify and challenge any recurring negative or irrational thoughts you might be having. CBT for depression will also help you understand how these feelings can affect your behaviour and gradually work towards replacing these beliefs with healthier and more practical thoughts.
What to expect from depression treatment
Tried and tested evidence has repeatedly shown that a combination of both medication and talking therapy is the most effective form of treatment for depression. At Priory Hospital North London, we have a range of expert consultants who will be able to assess your medication needs. It may be the case that you don’t need prescribed medication. Expert assessment will be able to determine whether medication will be an important element in your overall treatment plan, or a necessary additional barrier against your depression.
During depression treatment, our depression experts will help you to identify symptoms you’re struggling with, how to manage those symptoms, and teach you skills to manage your depression in daily life.
All treatment is developed in collaboration with you and we ensure that you’re fully involved in all aspects of your care.
Signs you might need depression therapy
The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, and the type of depression you’re struggling with. Get in touch if you or someone you care about is struggling with the following:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Feeling tearful and crying more than usual
- Feeling guilty and worthless
- Low energy and fatigue
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- A lack of interest in your physical appearance or personal hygiene
- A lack of interest in activities or hobbies you once enjoyed
- Reduced ability to carry out typical daily tasks
- Inability to concentrate or make decisions
- Poor performance at school or work
- Experiencing suicidal thoughts, or self-harm behaviours
- Changes in sleeping patterns (sleeping too much or too little)
- Changes in appetite (eating too much or too little)
Read more about the signs and symptoms of depression.
Depression treatment at Priory
You don’t have to struggle with depression; expert treatment is available. To find out how Priory Hospital North London can help you to overcome your depression and take steps towards a positive and fulfilling way of life, call our dedicated team today on 0800 098 4854 or email us.
We are also able to offer depression treatment at other London-based centres, such as Priory Hospital Roehampton and Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street. You can also try online therapy, which is just as effective as face-to-face treatment.