Depression

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Background and Symptoms

Depression can present in a variety of different ways and can range from mild to severe. Different studies have found that 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime and it is one of the most common mental health disorders in Britain. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression according to World Health Organisation.

Common symptoms include;

  • Depressed/irritable mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for more than two weeks.
  • Mood represents a change from the person’s baseline.
  • Impaired function: social, occupational, educational.
  • Change in sleep pattern; insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Loss of energy
  • Change in appetite, possible weight loss or weight gain
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm.

 

Causes

There is no single cause for depression; there are many different reasons and triggers that may be unique to an individual. Suggested causes include:

  • Stressful life events (e.g. divorce, bereavement, moving house)
  • Personality (including traits such as low self-esteem, being overly self-critical)
  • Family history (possibly due to genetics or shared early life experiences)
  • Giving birth (hormonal and physical changes)
  • Loneliness (the feeling of being ‘cut off’)
  • Alcohol and drugs (dependency, self-medication)
  • Illness (more commonly the longstanding or life-threatening illness, or head injuries) (NHS choices, 2016)

 

Treatment

Treatment offered will depend on the severity of the depression. In the first appointment our consultant psychiatrist will be able to provide a diagnosis. For depression there are a range of treatment options available including medication, evidence based psychological therapies (i.e. CBT, EMDR), and behavioural activation. Depending on the urgency, these treatments could be initiated through private prescription or through a GP.

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