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Psychotherapist for Depression

psychotherapist for depression

Approximately one person in six experiences depression of some kind in the course of their lifetime and one in 20 experiences clinical depression. At any one time, about one in 10 people will have some symptoms of depression.

Do you need help with depression? If so please take a few seconds to complete my simple form and arrange a free initial consultation for us to work out how we can ease your suffering.

Depression can come in various degrees of intensity, the most severe referred to as major depressive disorder. It can have a serious impact on many areas of one’s life, such as work, relationships, sleep, appetite, and health. If you feel a lack of energy, ongoing sadness, irritability, difficulty sleeping or you take little pleasure or interest in things that you used to enjoy, you may be suffering with depression.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) gives the following criteria for Major Depressive Episode:
 
A.  Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). NOTE : In children and adolescents, irritability may be observed.

2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation made by others)

3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. NOTE:  In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains.

4. Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day

5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)

6. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day

7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick)

8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others)

9. Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

B.  The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode.

C.  The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social,  
      occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

D.  The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance  
      (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., 
      hypothyroidism).

E.  The symptoms are not better accounted for by Bereavement, i.e., after the 
      loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer than 2 months or are 
      characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with 
      worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psychomotor 
      retardation.

Because these feelings are so painful, some people will seek relief through abusing alcohol, other mood-altering substances, or food. While this may offer temporary relief it tends to only make the problems worse over time. This is where a qualified Psychotherapist may be able to help.

Common sources of depression may include:

·         Unresolved issues from earlier in your life

·         Trauma

·         Loss

·         Chronic stress 

·         Unsatisfying lifestyle

·         Abusive relationships 

·         Habitually negative ways of thinking

If you are seeking a psychotherapist to help in overcoming depression, we will work together to understand what may be causing it and what you can do to get past it. The main areas we will explore will be your unique physical, psychological, interpersonal and environmental circumstances. Reflecting on yourself in these areas will help you understand what may be causing your depression, but more importantly what you can actually do to overcome it. I will help create a plan of action tailored specifically to your strengths, challenges, interests and needs.

Please contact me at any time.

 


 
             
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