Get help for depression today
It’s normal for everyone to feel sad or upset from time-to-time, but if these feelings are intense, persistent or are affecting your quality of life, you may be suffering with clinical depression.
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While depression is a common mental health condition, it can also be very difficult to cope with. Also, the symptoms of depression, including feeling hopeless, can sometimes prevent people from getting the help they need. However, depression is treatable and it’s possible for you to make a lasting recovery. Seeking help & support for depression can be daunting but it really is the most important step you can take. At Priory, our counsellors can provide the best treatment for depression available. We can deliver bespoke depression treatment programmes, personalised according to your unique needs.
Whether you need help for mild depression, moderate depression or severe depression, Priory can support you every step of the way towards getting your life back on track.
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What is depression?
It’s important to understand that depression is an illness, not a sign of weakness. It can affect anybody, and people can experience it at any point in their lives.
Depression causes you to experience persistent low moods. Sometimes, these can be so bad that you find that you can’t function effectively in your daily life. Ongoing sadness can also mean you have less motivation and can ultimately have an impact on lots of different areas of your life, affecting you:
However, the good news is that you don’t have to suffer on your own; you can make a lasting recovery from depression and return to the happy and healthy life you deserve. Expert help and support are just a phone call away so don’t hesitate to get in touch, and arrange an appointment with one of our depression therapists today.
Depression is treatable and you can make a lasting recovery
Our expert team is made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, depression counsellors and other trained experts. We can provide high quality depression treatment at our specialist hospitals and wellbeing centres, located all over the country.
It’s important to know that:
- You’re not alone
- Depression is treatable
- You can receive a completely personalised depression treatment programme with us
- We offer lots of different therapy options
- We are able to prescribe medication for your depression if this is needed
Without expert treatment, your depression symptoms may become worse over time, which can cause a range of problems impacting on all areas of your life, including:
- Your relationships with family and friends
- Your performance at work or school
- Your general health and wellbeing
How do we treat depression at Priory?
Our experts are committed to providing individually tailored treatment, helping you to overcome your depression. We offer a variety of different depression treatment options; these are outlined in more detail below.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression
CBT is used all over the world to treat depression. It’s based on the principle that depression arises and is made worse because of deep rooted, negative thought patterns. CBT is a form of counselling for depression, and works by identifying and changing your destructive thought patterns and any negative behaviours. This helps you to think in a more balanced way and challenge any negative assumptions you have.
It also helps you to learn coping mechanisms that you can use for the rest of your life. These allow you to recognise when you’re experiencing negative thoughts, and then respond to them in a healthy way. This reduces the likelihood of you becoming depressed again in the future.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for depression
DBT is an effective therapy technique used to treat more severe forms of depression.
It is based on the principles of CBT but has been specially designed to help individuals who struggle with very intense emotions as part of their depression. DBT focuses on helping you to accept yourself and accept change. This enables you to reduce your distressing emotions, manage better in times of crisis and return to a healthier way of life.
One-to-one therapy for depression
One-to-one therapy takes place on an individual basis between you and the most appropriate depression therapist for your needs.
It allows you to talk in depth to a psychiatrist about your depression, in a highly supportive environment. Your specialist will help you to tackle your unique concerns, and support you achieve the best possible outcomes for you as an individual.
Group therapy for depression
Group therapy takes place with a group of other patients who are struggling with similar issues to you, or who have also been diagnosed with depression. During these sessions, you will be encouraged to share your experiences with others and offer mutual support and guidance. This all takes place within a compassionate and non-judgemental setting.
Group therapy may seem to be a little daunting at first. However, research shows that it’s an effective therapy technique and can help to treat depression.
Family therapy for depression
Family therapy takes place with yourself and your immediate family unit or loved ones.
It allows you and your family to have an open and honest conversation with each other. This helps everyone involved to develop a better understanding of your depression and the impact it’s having on you and those who are closest to you. This form of therapy is helpful as it allows you and your family to plan how you can support each other better moving forwards.
I felt quite useless and a failure, and I now feel as if I'm worth something. If you are sitting in the position I was in a few year ago, I would suggest taking that leap of faith and make that phone call. It is hard but it's well worth it!
Margaret, Priory Hospital Glasgow
Antidepressant medication to help with depression
You can also take antidepressant medication alongside CBT and other forms of therapy. This can help to complement the talking therapies and also acts as a further barrier against your depression.
However, for some people, antidepressants will be the first line of treatment for depression, especially when:
- Your depression is severe or comes and goes
- You have responded well to antidepressants in the past
- There is a history of depression in your family
- Your depression is making you feel suicidal
The most common type of antidepressants used to treat depression are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, we can also prescribe antidepressants from other classes, depending on your individual needs. Antidepressants aren’t addictive and it’s easy to stop taking them, as and when the time comes.
At Priory, we’ll work closely with you to find the best type of antidepressant medication for you personally. We also offer pharmacogenetic testing at our sites in Harley Street and North London, which helps us to choose the best medication for your unique needs, and one which causes the least side effects.
Rapid acting programme in depression (RAPID) by triple chronotherapy
We can also provide a new treatment for depression at Priory Hospital North London, known as the rapid acting programme in depression (RAPID) by triple chronotherapy.
RAPID by triple chronotherapy is an effective and non-invasive depression treatment method. It consists of:
- Wake therapy
- Phased sleep advance
- Bright light therapy
This treatment method has been found to have positive effects on people’s depression symptoms after only a few days, and is particularly helpful in patients who experience sleep difficulties. Also, RAPID by triple chronotherapy has fewer potential side effects than antidepressants.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
We are also able to offer a brand new treatment for depression at our Harley Street Wellbeing Centre. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), is a safe and non-invasive treatment method. It uses electro-magnetic fields to stimulate the areas of your brain that are linked to mood control. rTMS is a useful treatment for depression when:
- Talking therapies and antidepressants haven’t been successful
- When you are unable to take medication
Outpatient, inpatient and day care treatment for depression
We can provide outpatient, inpatient or day care treatment for depression at Priory, and we will work closely with you to decide which option is the best for you.
Outpatient treatment for depression
During outpatient treatment for depression, you will attend one of our hospitals or centres to receive a set number of hourly therapy sessions. These will take place with a psychiatrist, consultant or therapist and usually happen on a weekly basis.
Outpatient treatment is useful if you don’t need more intensive forms of treatment for your depression, such as day care or inpatient treatment. It also means you can attend flexible appointments that can be arranged around your work and other commitments.
You can either come straight into outpatient therapy with us, or you can use this type of therapy as a step-down from more intensive treatment.
At our Priory Wellbeing Centres, we have an outpatient therapy package that has been specially designed to treat depression. This offers:
- A set amount of 1:1 therapy sessions
- A guaranteed price for your initial treatment
- Discounted rates
- A personalised treatment plan
For more information, you can download our depression outpatient therapy package leaflet.
Inpatient treatment for depression
Inpatient treatment consists of you staying at one of our UK hospitals on a residential basis, where you will receive round-the-clock support for your depression.
Inpatient treatment is useful if you need structured and intensive treatment to help you to overcome your depression. It also gives you chance to spend some time away from your usual living situation, which can help to remove any negative influences that might be making your depression worse.
Coming into hospital for treatment and therapy can be an overwhelming thought for many people. However, this type of treatment can have a positive impact on your quality of life. It provides you with the time, care and attention you need to fully address your depression and get well again.
Help for depression on a day care basis
We can also provide depression treatment on a day care basis. During day care, you will attend one of our Priory sites for a certain number of days each week, where you will receive depression therapy and treatment.
However, unlike inpatient treatment, you won’t stay at the hospital overnight, but will return home following a day of therapy. This can be helpful if you don’t need intensive 24-hour care, but do still need some structured therapy. It also means you can receive a full programme of depression treatment, while having the flexibility to live at home. Day care can be used as a step-down in intensity from inpatient treatment or a step-up from outpatient treatment, if needed.
This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Leon Rozewicz (MBBS, FRCPsych, MRCGP, MRCPsych) in June 2020, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2022. To view all Priory depression specialists, please click here.
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