Depression is the fourth leading cause of disability and disease worldwide. World Health Organization (WHO) projections indicate that depression will be the highest ranked cause of disease burden in developed countries by the year 2020. Depression is the third most common reason for consultation in general practice in the UK. Each year 6% of adults experience an episode of depression, and over the course of their lifetime more than 15% of the population will experience an episode. About two-thirds of adults will at some time experience depressed mood of sufficient severity to interfere with their normal activities.
Depression refers to a range of mental health conditions characterised by persistent low mood, loss of interest and enjoyment in ordinary things and experiences, and a range of associated emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioural symptoms. Symptoms occur continually and day to day functioning is often impaired.
We offer our clients Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) alongside Psychotherapy. CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach which has been developed and adjusted over the last thirty to forty years and within that period it has grown increasingly popular and is recognised worldwide. An essential part of the treatment is to examine the thoughts and beliefs connected to our moods, behaviours, bodily sensations, and to the events in our lives. By doing so, we can become more aware of dysfunctional patterns of thinking which are associated with emotional and behavioural problems and work to challenge, and in time modify these, into more constructive ways. EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of depression. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. EMDR allows a client to process an emotional experience they cannot yet talk about.
There is a difference between sadness and depression. Sadness is a normal aspect of life, whereas depression is a clinical illness that does require treatment. Nick Kypriotis from the London Recovery Clinic explains about how depression can affect people, and discusses symptoms.