What is Depression?
Depression is surprisingly common, with roughly 2 out of 3 people suffering from it at some point in their lives. Depression differs from periodic unhappiness in that the low mood is deeper, longer and more debilitating. It can occur at any time of life, from childhood to old age, and can severely affect a person’s well-being as well as impacting on work life, school life and family life.
What causes depression?
Depression is a complex condition, and many different factors may play a role. Whilst certain life events may trigger the onset of depression (e.g. bullying, bereavement, family breakdown), there are likely to be other contributing factors. Often the origins can be traced to difficulties in childhood.
Over time, some people may develop unhelpful thinking patterns, whereby negative personal experiences become the focus of their self-analysis. In this way, positive experiences are discounted, resulting in a skewed perception of reality. The propensity of a person to ‘catastrophise’ is therefore a common indicator of depression i.e. “Everything always goes wrong for me” etc.
As with many psychological difficulties, depression is more common where there is a family history of the condition. Research suggests that genetics might be partially responsible for this, but other factors must also be considered e.g. environmental factors (continual exposure to similar conditions during childhood etc.). It is also thought that an imbalance of chemicals in the brain may contribute to a person’s susceptibility.
Various Psychological Therapies have been shown to be effective in tackling depression. These may involve helping a person to process traumatic life events. They may also involve helping a person to find alternative ways of interpreting situations and more helpful ways of coping/responding.
We offer a number of therapeutic approaches including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Schema Therapy and Creative Therapies.
We offer therapy to both adults and children. An initial consultation will be required to discuss the most appropriate form(s) of therapy for each individual. Please contact us for further information.