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Depression

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Its always worth keeping The  Samaritans' phone number handy:

               08457 90 90 90

As they say, "Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal."

Depression can come in many different forms, from a creeping feeling of 'not rightness' which may settle or come and go, to a more insidious cycle of deep lows which, while present, may feel like they might never end. Sometimes depression moves in stealthily, other times it crashes into your world in the form of a complete collapse. It can last from weeks to months and in some cases, when untreated, even years.

 

Not only is depression experienced in many different ways but its causes can also be manifold. It should therefore be no surprise that its treatment is not uniform. There are many different approaches: some that deal with the 'here and now' experience, finding ways to combat negative patterns of thinking. Other approaches explore the underlying causes to find the right route to a sustained recovery.

 

Anti-depressant medication may play an important role, as a plaster does with a broken leg: holding things together until the body and mind is healed.  Modern neuroscience can now evidence that depression is a physical illness, a breakdown of the lymbic system,  and not something that can be just 'snapped out of'.

 

Sometimes a combination of approaches is the most effective which is why I offer Cognative Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as a more in-depth exploration of underlying causes depending on the needs and wishes of the client.