Treatment for depression

From time to time most of us will feel sad. However these feelings are usually short-lived. Depression is where these feelings are long lasting leaving you feeling “down” most of the time. You may be finding it hard to “cope “in your daily life. Depression is increasingly common affecting 10% of adults.

There are a number of possible causes – genetic, biochemical, hormonal or situational. Significant life events can be the triggers of depression. These include bereavement, exam or work stress, family and relationship turmoil, or concerns around identity or sexuality.


A Psychotherapist can give a clinical test but if you experience five or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks it is advisable to take some action.

Symptoms include;

  • A feeling of overwhelming hopelessness or sadness.
  • A lack of interest or pleasure in activities or hobbies that you previously enjoyed.
  • Changes in sleep patterns. Having difficulty getting asleep, waking early, feeling overly tired, or being unable to get out of bed.
  • Changes in appetite – often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people.
  • Increased aches and pain including headaches or muscle aches.
  • Having recurrent thoughts of death, suicide or self-harm.