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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

  • A depressed / irritable mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for more than two weeks
  • A low mood, which is different or changed from that person's usual mood or 'baseline'
  • A decrease in a ability to function in areas of day-to-day life such as: socially, at work and / or within education
  • A change in sleep pattern - sleeping more or having trouble sleeping
  • A loss of energy or motivation
  • A change in appetite - possible weight loss or weight gain
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Self-harm


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, etc.)
  • Low self-esteem / being overly self-critical (even without realising it)
  • Early life experiences
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes and / or physical changes (e.g. pregnancy & childbirth)
  • Loneliness
  • Alcohol and drugs - including: misuse, dependency and / or self-medication
  • Certain illnesses

Treatments for Depression with MHWS

The treatment offered will depend on the severity and potential causes or contributing factors 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:

How to Get an Assessment / Treatment with MHWS

Depending on the urgency, these treatments could be initiated through private prescription or through a GP.

Next Steps

For more information or to find out how to book an appointment then please contact us.

Notice for Any New Mental Health Diagnosis & Assessment Service Enquiries

Due to a high level of demand for our Mental Health Diagnosis and Assessment Services we are currently not accepting any new private patients whilst we work through our existing referrals.

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause and we will regularly review our position updating the information on our website, emails and answerphone whenever changes occur.


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