Depression is an illness that can affect the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself and the way you think about everything. Depression is more than a passing mood. It is not a sign of weakness, and it cannot be willed or wished away.
Everybody experiences low moods from time to time, and that’s a normal part of life and being human. But clinical depression or depressive disorders are different to this and symptoms will usually be more severe and ongoing – people can’t just ‘snap out of it’ or get better overnight.
Typical symptoms for all depressive disorders include a very depressed low mood, diminished interest and pleasure in most activities, appetite changes, problems with sleep, fatigue, problems with concentration and in more severe cases, recurrent thoughts of death.
There might be specific ‘triggers’ that lead to depression (such as very stressful events and life changes, or trauma) but sometimes, episodes of depression can seemingly come and go for no apparent reason. This is because depressive disorders can have complex causes, which are physiological as well as psychological.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis for depression, as this is often the first key step in managing and treating depression.
The diagnostic process will usually involve two consultations, one with a mental health care specialist (psychologist or psychiatrist), who will ask you about your symptoms, your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns, followed by a series of individualised neuropsychological assessments performed by a neuropsychologist.
A physical examination, laboratory tests and imaging scans are sometimes necessary to rule out other physical problems that could cause your symptoms.
In cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will do everything humanly possible to treat symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, involving as many specialists as required, hence improving the quality of life, the emotional health and wellbeing of each individual.
Risk Assessment & Prevention
Risk assessments, prevention strategies and tools are used as it is far more efficient to prevent a disease from developing rather than try to treat it once it has progressed.
However, in cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will ensure to its upmost ability in treating the symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, hence improving the quality of life, the emotional health and the well-being of each individual.
A wide range of treatments for depression are available, including ‘talking therapies’ such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and depression counselling.
hese can be highly effective in treating depression, as well as helping individuals to develop tools to manage their symptoms longer term. In some cases, medication for depression may also be an option.
At Dementech, we believe in treating every patient as an individual and will tailor treatment plans to best suit your individual needs.
We have a range of treatment options available for patients looking for depression counselling in London.
The first step is arranging thorough clinical assessments, during which a team of Neuropsychologists and Mental Health Experts will be performing specific tests related to Depressive Disorders, offering invaluable help to your clinical management.
A comprehensive tailored care plan will be offered, which may include pharmacologic (consultation with a psychiatrist) and non-pharmacologic (consultation with a psychotherapist) management interventions. There are situations where a patient can benefit from a combination of treatments.
In addition to depression counselling in London and other therapies, it is always a good idea to consider any lifestyle measures that may help support your wellbeing.
or example, regular physical exercise is proven to be very helpful in managing depression symptoms. Sleep and a balanced diet can also play a role. While these things aren’t ‘cures’, they can be very beneficial tools to add to your managing-depression toolkit and enhance your overall wellbeing.
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