Psymplicity Healthcare is a specialist provider of bespoke depression treatments. Our psychiatrists work closely with you to understand your unique symptoms, the root cause of your condition and to provide you with the necessary tools to move forward and lead a happy, fulfilled life.
We provide in-depth consultations, either in person at our Harley Street psychiatry clinic, or online via video consultation. We are currently offering an initial 55 minute online assessment at a rate of £395, which includes diagnosis, a bespoke treatment plan and prescription (where required).
All of us tend to have periods of feeling low, when we are too sad to engage in our daily activities and may want to be left alone. It is only natural for us to process our sad emotions until we feel better, or at least to try and move past them.
Sad periods are not to be confused with depression, which is a serious mood disorder causing prolonged periods of feeling sad, hopeless, or even angry, to an extent where it starts to affect a person’s daily life.
If you find yourself constantly feeling depressed, to a point where you may not want to get out of bed, socialise with others or find it hard to stop crying, you could be suffering from depression.
Please know that you are not alone - depression is a very common disorder that affects almost 1 in every 10 adults at some point in their life. If left untreated, depression can have significant repercussions in one’s personal, profession and social life. However, depression is treatable, and with the right care, you can learn to cope, manage your feelings and have a fulfilling life.
Depression can affect people differently based on the severity of their condition. Depression causes a spectrum of emotions, from feeling very sad and low on energy, to experiencing a sense of isolation from those around you. These are considered to be signs of mild or moderate depression. Severe depression is more extreme, with amplified feelings of hopelessness, sadness and anger.
While the symptoms of depression may differ from person to person, the condition is usually accompanied by a range of emotional and physical symptoms.
Emotional Symptoms Of Depression Include:
Physical Symptoms Of Depression Include:
Whatever your symptoms, do not underestimate them and do consider seeking help if you think you do need support from a psychiatrist. A medical professional will be able to diagnose your symptoms and understand whether you have mild, moderate or severe depression and recommend a treatment that is best suited for your needs.
There are several possible causes of depression, ranging from biological to environmental and even circumstantial, such as loss of a job or a loved one being diagnosed with an illness.
Typical depression triggers include:
If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of depression over 2 weeks, it is advisable to seek help from a medical professional. If you are hesitant to seek help because you are unsure of the symptoms and if you need help at all, you could try taking this quick Depression Test online which will help you understand your condition better.
Once you do decide to meet a mental health professional, they will begin with a diagnosis that involves one or more of the following processes:
Treatment for depression depends on your unique condition and requirements. Our experienced mental health professionals will diagnose your condition, assess the severity of your symptoms and develop a bespoke treatment plan best suited for your needs. Treatment plans for depression typically include one or more of the following methods:
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
This might take the form of psychodynamic, integrative or Gestalt psychotherapy. In all approaches, the practitioner aims to support you and help you to feel more positive again by increasing your capacity to support yourself through self-care practices such as adequate sleep, good nutrition or gentle exercise.
We will also help develop your ability to seek support from others, by overcoming unhelpful beliefs, that often hold you back. Psychotherapy will also help to clarify and release underlying emotions such as sadness and anger which, when not expressed, often contribute to depression.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT) FOR DEPRESSION
A CBT practitioner will assist you to analyse negative beliefs and thought patterns that are often associated with depression. You will gain awareness and learn to replace these negative thoughts with more helpful, positive patterns. You will be encouraged to consider behavioural patterns and how they correlate to your depressive feelings. Slowly and gently, you will be encouraged to change some of your behaviour to help you move forward, albeit at a pace that you are comfortable with.
COUNSELLING FOR DEPRESSION
If you have developed depression in response to a particular life event such as losing a loved one, a break-up or mounting financial worries, counselling could prove helpful. In many cases, you may find it difficult to share your true feelings with even your closest friends or family, which can cause your fears and worries to magnify. But speaking freely in a judgement-free environment to a caring counsellor can help you to address and process your concerns. This process gradually alleviates your low moods and in time you will be able to gain a more positive perspective on life again.
PSYMPLICITY HEALTHCARE APPROACH TO DEPRESSION
A depression therapist will spend the initial session finding out as much about you, your mood, the contributing factors and your background as possible, in order to get a thorough understanding of your situation. Whilst you might be feeling hopeless, they will remain hopeful about your improvement as they gently work with you to bring about change. They deliver the therapy at your pace and celebrate your victories along the way, however small they may feel, inviting you to acknowledge the courage, strength and tenacity it takes to undertake therapy when feeling very low. Whichever therapy modality you choose – you will discuss the different options with a care coordinator before choosing one, your experienced and expert depression therapist will help you take the necessary to steps towards improved mood.
Depression can be categorised into different types of disorder based on the symptoms you’re experiencing. While some depressive disorders share similar symptoms that vary in severity, each type of depression has key differences.
Major Depressive Disorder: This type of depression is severe and can often be characterised by excessive, persistent feelings of grief, hopelessness and worthlessness, accompanied by most of the symptoms of depression listed above. It is important to note that someone suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, can experience intense symptoms for weeks or even months at a time.
Persistent Depression: This type of depression may be less severe than Major Depressive Disorder, but it normally occurs for a long period, often for a few years. Due to the nature of the condition, Persistent Depression may end up feeling like a part of your normal life. However, help is available.
Bipolar Disorder: This type of disorder, also referred to as Manic Depression, includes episodes of intense depression, or mania, interspersed with periods of extreme happiness. Depressive episodes, also called mania, typically tend to last for days. Bipolar Disorder can result in self-destructive behaviour, and feelings of euphoria that others around you may not understand, which can affect your relationships.
Depressive Psychosis: In some cases of depression, a person may lose touch with reality and experience hallucinations or delusions. This can cause them to suffer from constant suspicions, erratic behaviour and irrational ideas or thoughts. While hallucinations do occur in people suffering from schizophrenia, in the case of Depressive Psychosis, the hallucinations are in line with the underlying depression.
Postpartum Depression: This is a type of depression affecting parents, soon after the birth of their child. It is a very common condition, affecting almost 1 in every 10 mothers, within a year after giving birth. This condition is caused by hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth, compounded by other factors such as stress, lack of sleep and growing anxiety over caring for a newborn.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: This is a condition associated with Premenstrual Syndrome, that is caused by hormonal changes associated with menstruation. Symptoms set in just after ovulation and often eas once the person’s period starts. While some may dismiss this condition as a bad case of PMS, it is important to note that in extreme cases, PMDD can cause severe symptoms, sometimes even leading to suicidal thoughts.
Seasonal Depression: Associated with the changing of the seasons, this type of condition typically tends to set in during winter months. People suffering from this type of condition may experience social withdrawals, weight gain, gloomy feelings, and constant lethargy. While these symptoms do tend to abate as the season changes to spring and longer days set in, some may find seasonal depression rather difficult to handle, sometimes even resorting to suicide.
Situational Depression: Traumatic life events such as the death of a family member, losing a job or even legal issues, can result in a situational depression, often referred to as Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood. While most people do find it difficult to manage such life events, in most cases it is possible to recover and transition to normal life after a period of time.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, know that help is just a phone call away. Get in touch with Psymplicity Healthcare’s highly experienced, compassionate and supportive psychotherapists today, and take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.