Depression

Depression

 

We all go through days where we feel down and feel that life is a struggle. We have developed ways to get over this feeling. These can include going for a walk, watching a film or talking to a friend. Depression is a state whereby weeks pass and we cannot get over this feeling of despair and low mood. At times like this we need help to get over what then becomes an illness. Symptoms of clinical depression include the following, but please note that you only need a few of these to be diagnosed with clinical depression:

 

The disorders specific to children include:

Persistent low mood

Getting tired easily and not having much energy

Not enjoying things you have always enjoyed

Persistent low mood

Disturbed sleep, often with early morning awakening

Reduced appetite & weight loss (can have increased appetite and weight gain)

Poor attention and concentration

Feelings of guilt

Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem

Thoughts of deliberate self-harm or suicide

A feeling that there is no hope for the future and that the future will be bleak

There is excellent treatment for depression and all people suffering with depression can expect to feel better. Treatment of depression does not always require medication. In fact, if not diagnosed properly, medication can be harmful. Here at The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre careful diagnostic evaluation will be followed up with a robust treatment plan. This will be led by a Consultant Psychiatrist. Treatment will include one or more of the following: psychotherapy (e.g. CBT); medications; exercise; diet advice; activity & routine planning; help with other issues like relationship issues, etc. Most importantly, we will help you not only to treat the symptoms but also to look at underlying causes.

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