Depression in Bournemouth or Dorset?
If you are suffering from depression in the Bournemouth, Poole or Dorset area, we can help by providing successful treatment face to face at our local clinics. We can also assist patients further afield via webcam consultations.
There is a difference between feeling depressed and suffering from depression. Most people feel sad, lonely, or depressed at some point in their lives. It is a natural reaction to loss, life's frustrations and struggles, or perceived rejection, for example, all of which are by their very nature depressing. But when these feelings become overwhelming, long term or begin to manifest physical symptoms, they can prevent people from leading a normal, active life.
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression may include:
continuous sadness or low mood
feeling hopeless and helpless
having constant low self-esteem
frequently feeling tearful, sometimes for no apparent reason
perpetual feelings of guilt or shame
feeling irritable and intolerant of others
having no motivation or interest in things including things which were previously enjoyable
continually finding it difficult to concentrate or make decisions
constantly feeling fearful, anxious or worried
having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm
Depression can be debilitating and it is important to seek help.
Types of Depression
There are two distinct types of depression – reactive and clinical.
Reactive depression occurs as a result of a trauma. For example, following the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a relationship breakdown or a serious injury. In such situations, we may expect someone to experience a period of depression afterwards.
Clinical depression tends to be rather different – it is usually characterised by recurrent bouts, and often has seemingly no direct cause. This can cause secondary problems, for example, some people experience guilt over feeling depressed because on the surface there seems to be no apparent reason for such feelings. In a sense, they get upset about the ‘upsetness’!
Clinical Depression responds well in many cases to analytical hypnotherapy. This is because no one is born depressed, and if you were not born with this, something has caused it, the analysis seeks to find that cause and remove it.
In some cases, cognitive behavioural therapy will be most appropriate. Our senior consultant Mr Roberts will discuss the options with you fully at your free assessment consultation.
In any case of depression, whilst we are happy to help and frequently do with great success, (you can book a free initial consultation here - just enter coupon code INITIALAC), it is also advisable to discuss your symptoms with your GP.
How to people develop Clinical Depression?
In my experience, it is usually a result of cumulative traumatic experiences particularly in childhood which the patient may or not recall. Significant cumulative losses of family members, friends or freedom (example mobility) can also result in persistent or recurrent bouts. There can of course however be a multitude of causes for clinical depression, some of which are not easily identifiable or explainable.
What we know from scientific research, is that when someone becomes depressed, there is an electro-chemical imbalance with the neurotransmitters (serotonin and/or norepinephrine) in the brain. What is not certain is whether it is the electro-chemical imbalance which causes the depression, or the depression which causes the electro-chemical imbalance. It is something of a chicken and the egg situation. What we do know is that the two always go together and therefore by treating one aspect, it will almost certainly affect the other. That is why pharmacological intervention can play such an important part in the treatment of depression and why our patients suffering from it are always advised to talk to their GP as well as to us.
Some people are reluctant to consider medication as part of their treatment and whilst this is a matter for them and their GP my advice is always not to dismiss the option out of hand. Many modern anti-depressants are very safe, non-addictive and do a great job of assisting with the chemical imbalance discussed above. They can literally help neutralise the electro-chemical "fog" in the brain which sufferers often describe. One analogy would be to think of them as scaffolding, they help keep the building upright and enable the work to be done (perhaps through therapy) rather than actually doing all the work itself.
To discuss our successful depression treatment methods and how therapy can help you with your depression in the longer term, book a free initial consultation (just enter coupon code INITIALAC).
NB If you are taking, or do take an anti-depressant medication it is essential that you do NOT attempt to stop or reduce the dosage without the express guidance of your GP. Often these medications are having far more effect than may be noticeable and should be reduced or stopped ONLY under the direction of your family doctor.
Do you need help and treatment for depression in the Bournemouth or Poole area?
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