If you think you may have depression – Please Consult your GP immediately.
What is it?
A continuing or recurring feeling of being low, flat, ‘empty’ or even ‘stuck’.
This is often accompanied by a lack of interest in things, a feeling of hopelessness, apathy, powerlessness, and despair. Physical symptoms include lack of sleep, appetite, desire, exhaustion, anxiety, stress, self harm, and potentially suicidal inclinations.
Depression can destroy quality of life for individuals, and families
If left untreated can result in injury and death through the symptoms above or through other factors in your life, like chronic pain from injury, or ill health through lack of motion due to the above symptoms.
DEPRESSION IS NOT A NORMAL HEALTHY STATE OF AFFAIRS AND MUST BE TREATED AS SOON AS IT IS DISCOVERED.
CBT is the gold standard for treatment of depression in the UK and is effective in the majority of cases.
How to tell if you have depression?
As a first step we recommend trying the NHS Depression Checker.
Note: If you feel like you might be suffering from depressive symptoms please see your GP as soon as possible.
Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful or anxious.
There can be physical symptoms too such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive and complaining of various aches and pains.
Symptoms of Depression
The severity of the symptoms can vary.
At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe, depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.
General symptoms include:
Feelings of sadness
losing or gaining significant weight
fostering of isolation / exclusion
altered sleep / no or little sleep
Feeling helpless / powerless
Feeling Guilty and
Irritability and or restlessness
For a more detailed list, read more about the symptoms of depression. (NHS )
How common are depression disorders?
Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with almost 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
Between 8-12% of the population experience depression in any year. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
What can CBT offer for Depression disorders?
CBT is evidence-based therapy – you’ll only be treated with techniques proven to work with others.
A simple conversation with your GP, or even a cursory web search will confirm that CBT is the most effective psychological treatment for depression of all types of severity, and the prevention of relapse.
How does it work?
Cognitive-Behaviourial Therapy seeks to change the way a person feels and acts by changing the patterns of thinking, behaviour, or both, that are responsible for the depression.
In CBT, individuals learn to identify thoughts that make them feel afraid or upset and replace them with less distressing thoughts.
The goal is to understand how certain thoughts about events cause or worsen depression.
Evidence-Based, CBT has proven to be the most effective means of treatment, and is the “Gold Standard” of psychological treatment for Depression in the UK by the Governing body NICE.
Why Instant CBT?
There are many reasons why Computerised CBT is better than a traditional in-person appointment:
You set the appointment most convenient for you, rather than have to fit in someone else’s schedule.
Availability of highly-trained and nationally-accredited therapists no matter where your geographic location.
Save time and money by skipping travel.
Comfort of the environment you set, such as your own home.
The availability of followup and instant access to a counselor, whenever you need.
What are your Staff’s Accreditations?
Our staff are board-certified doctors and therapists, accredited by the two governing bodies in the United Kingdom, BABCP and AREBT and local medical authorities.
We adhere to national guidelines and accreditations, and our staff have a combined experience of decades.
Links: BABCP, AREBT, CBTRegister
Dr. Aaron Beck describes some of the history of biological and psychological research on depression, and the interplay of genes, negative life events and negative bias in the development of depression.