Depression Treatment in Essex
Depression manifests itself in lots of ways and indeed feeling low every now and again is a normal part of life for the majority of people – often as an understandable response to life events such as loss, bereavement or ill health. If, however, you have been feeling sad for several weeks and it is interfering with your normal functioning it might be time to seek help.
Depression is often more than just low mood and sadness. You may be having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Perhaps you no longer enjoy things you used to enjoy and have begun isolating yourself from others at times. You may have lost your appetite, or begun eating more than usual. Perhaps your sex-drive has reduced. At its worst you may have had thoughts about wanting to escape the pain, perhaps even considered suicide. Unfortunately it may be these very problems themselves which make it hard to recognise you need professional help.
You can also take this short test to find out if you are experiencing symptoms of depression: https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/depression.aspx#
I will use my experience to understand the factors which have caused and are maintaining the depression, and create an individualised treatment plan. Talking therapies have been shown to be effective in treating depression. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) evaluate research into depression and suggest Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an effective treatment. I am experienced in this and other less-structured approached to suit you and your needs. It is important to feel comfortable with your psychologist – that they are kind, patient and caring, alongside also having the skills necessary to treat depression.
For many people, a large part of the battle with depression is recognising the symptoms and taking the steps to seek help. If you recognise any of these problems please contact me to book a consultation. You do not need to suffer alone.
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