What is Depression?
Everyone experiences occasional sadness, but depression is a complex mental illness that can significantly affect everyday activities.
In England, 3.3 out of 100 individuals suffer from depression annually, as per the mental health charity Mind. Additionally, 7.8 out of 100 experience a combination of depression and anxiety, indicating that you are not alone.
Depression is a highly individual experience, with symptoms varying in intensity from person to person. While some people may only experience mild symptoms, others may struggle with severe depression that can cause suicidal thoughts. At our clinic, our compassionate doctors will work with you to identify your unique triggers and symptoms and help you find a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
If you have been experiencing persistent sadness, hopelessness, and guilt for an extended period, it may be a sign of depression. Depression can also manifest in a variety of physical and psychological symptoms.
People struggling with depression may experience decreased pleasure from activities they used to enjoy, extreme fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, suicidal thoughts, physical discomfort, difficulty sleeping, and unintentional weight loss.
How is Depression Treated?
After hearing your symptoms, our doctors can suggest the best action for your recovery.
These approaches may include conversational therapies, such as counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, medications, or a combination.
Once you decide to pursue therapy, your first appointment will discuss your current issues and what causes your symptoms. By doing this, your therapist can create a comprehensive plan for managing your symptoms. This plan will be fine-tuned during each subsequent session.
What Causes Depression?
Individuals can suffer from depression due to psychological, physical, and biological influences. Stressors in the workplace, home, and social circles can be potential causes. Additionally, bodily injury or chronic illness can have an effect, as can genetic predispositions or an imbalance of brain chemicals.
Through thoughtful questioning, our doctors can identify potential triggers of depression and guide how to manage or avoid them.
How is Depression Diagnosed?
Our medical professionals will converse with you regarding your symptoms to determine a diagnosis. You must provide truthful responses to their inquiries about your well-being.
Please remember that our doctors are here to help you, not to pass judgment or offer criticism. Your answers will be kept confidential and used to develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs.
What is Prenatal & Postnatal Depression?
Women can experience depression while pregnant (prenatal) or after giving birth (postnatal). Due to hormonal changes, pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing depression.
Pregnant women may opt to keep their symptoms private to avoid any criticism. Our medical professionals empathize with your situation and can offer helpful and compassionate guidance for managing depression during and after pregnancy.
New dads can also go through postnatal depression. Our medical professionals are available to assist any fathers who are struggling with the challenges of becoming a parent.