Depression is a medical disorder

Depression is a medical disorder just like high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma. It's an abnormal mood associated with specific and reversible chemical changes in the brain.

Depression is very common

Depression is very common. Almost anybody can develop the illness. Depression is not a sign of weakness, nor is it a state you can just snap out of. What you cannot do is "Pull yourself together", no matter whether this is what you think you should be able to do, or what other people tell you to do.

Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Nobody is immune to depression

Nobody is immune to depression and it can happen at any age. Depression is very common. Between 5 and 10 per cent of the population are suffering from the illness to some extent at any one time, and around 10% of men and 25% of women will develop depression at some point in their life.

Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!

We do not fully understand the causes of depression

We do not fully understand the causes of depression. Genes or early life experiences may make some people vulnerable. Stressful life events, such as losing a job or a relationship ending, may trigger an episode of depression.

Depression can be triggered by some physical illnesses, drug treatments and recreational drugs. It is often impossible to identify a 'cause' in many people and this can be distressing for people who want to understand the reasons why they are ill. Depression, like any illness, can strike for no apparent reason.

Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Psychological symptoms of depression

  • Continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Lack of motivation and little interest in things
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming someone else
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Reduced sex drive.
Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Physical symptoms of depression

  • Slowed movement or speech
  • Change in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
  • Constipation
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Lack of energy or lack of interest in sex
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle
  • Disturbed sleep patterns (for example, problems going to sleep or waking in the early hours of the morning)
Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Social symptoms of depression

  • Not performing well at work
  • Taking part in fewer social activities and avoiding contact with friends
  • Reduced hobbies and interests
  • Difficulties in home and family life
Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Treatment of depression

Sometimes when we are going through a 'bad patch' in our life, it is enough to talk through our problems with a friend or relative. Sometimes this may not be enough and we may need to seek professional help.The important thing to remember about depression is that it is treatable. There are several different types of treatment, including medication and talking therapies (psychotherapy).

Psychotherapy

There are many different forms of psychotherapy. Simply talking to somebody or your doctor about your problems is a form of psychotherapy and can help greatly. It is far better to talk about your problems rather than 'bottling-up' your emotions. More formal psychotherapy includes counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).

Depression

Depression is treatable

It is far better to talk about your problems than 'bottling-up' your emotions. As a general rule, psychotherapies are as effective as medication for the treatment of depression.

If you are feeling depressed, why not call us? We can help you!