Clinic depression is a lot more than just feeling sad or not knowing what to do with yourself.
“Feeling depressed” is something most people go through from time to time, but clinical depression can cause this feeling to extend for weeks or months on end – not only that, but it’s a real illness with real symptoms that extend far beyond sadness alone.
Luckily, there are some incredibly effective treatment methods available for depression and with the right help, the vast majority of depression sufferes will take back full control of themselves and experience a complete recovery.
But how do you know if you or a loved one are suffering from depression?
Let’s take a look at some of the major signs:
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
The depression symptoms can be physical or mental, and can include some (but not necessarily all of the following:
Mental/Psychological Symptoms of Depression
- Sense of impending doom
- Constant unhappiness or sense of hopelessness
- Low self esteem or sense of worthlesness
- Loss of enthusiasm in your hobbies or previous interests
- Feeling tearful
- Suicidal thoughts or temptation to self harm
- Irritability or inability to spend time around others
- Loss of concentration or decision making skills
Physical Symptoms of Depression
- Low sex drive
- Changes to menstrual cycle
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Slower movement or talking
- Aches and pains
These symptoms can range from mild to severe, with the most severe cases of depression leading to suicide. This is why it is so crucial to get help if you believe you may be suffering from depression.
Causes of Depression
Since depression is caused by an imbalance in the brain, it can come on for seemingly no reason. People with depression in their family are also more likely to suffer from it, suggesting a genetic factor.
Despite this, depression can also be triggered by life events such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, failed relationship or even childbirth (post-natal depression).
One in 10 British people will experience depression at some point in their lives.
The most important thing is to remember that you are never alone and that professional rehab centres, therapy groups, counsellors, doctors and nurses are all waiting to help you, with new and more effective treatments being discovered and implemented all the time.
Let’s take a look at some of those treatments that can be used to reduce the symptoms of depression:
The effective treatment of depression requires a combination of medication, changes to lifestyle and active therapy. The exact treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms but all of these treatments will be required in at least some form.
It is impossible to treat depression with medication alone, or with therapy alone, with the correct combination of all of the above being a necessity.
The only time where this isn’t the case is in the instance of mild depression, in which case a healthy routine with enough exercise, a self help group and some time may well lead to symptoms reducing or disappearing.
In moderate to severe cases of depression, treatment will require:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- At least some level of lifestyle change and active effort on the behalf of the patient
Depression Rehab Clinics
If you are suffering from severe depression and believe that a GP alone isn’t able to help you, we recommend attending one of our depression rehabiliation clinics. They are available all across the UK and beyond, and you can find your closest clinic on our Locations page.
Our treatments and inpatient stays are covered by most medical insurance policies and we also offer interest-free payment plans, so there is no reason financial worries should stop you getting the help you require.
This will give you complete access to:
- Our friendly, expert GPs and nurses, some of whom have overcome depression themselves
- Regular CBT and other therapy sessions
- Support groups
- Prescribed medication
- Holistic treatments from massages and reiki to yoga and breathing exercises
- Qualified nutritionists to keep your body healthy and working at it’s best
We even offer free tours of our rehab centres to feel free to book one now if you wish to learn more about our stress-free treatment environments.
If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, the best thing you can do is give us a call right now on 0800 118 2892! Our friendly, experienced staff are ready to advise you on the depression symptoms and treatments, and what form of treatment is the best way forward for you. These calls come with no-obligation to attend our clinics and give you access to some of the most experienced experts in the field.
To learn more contact us now and see how we could change your life for the better!