Depression – a prolong period of low mood, sorrow, emptiness and lack of agency. Depression is a loaded topic within modern society, with many people experiencing various symptoms of depression in their daily lives. While depression can be difficult to fully understand and pinpoint, there are some key symptoms which can be dealt with effectively. These are:- feeling withdrawn in social situations, irritability, sleep problems, lack of enjoyment, lack of purpose, overwhelming sadness.
The roots of depression can be equally as complex for you as the symptoms. Trauma is often a causal factor of low mood, or it may be that the cause is more difficult to identify. It is important to know that it is perfectly fine if you are unsure of the cause or even what your feelings are.
If you are experiencing any of the issues below, please do get in touch.
Depression following a trauma (struggling to come to terms with a difficult situation or event)
Pre or Post-Natal Depression (depression surrounding childbirth and after)
General low mood (persistent state of negative thinking)
Any other dimension of depression
The therapy provided by Preston Psychology draws on a range of psychological treatment approaches dependant on each individual's needs and preferences. Listed below are several therapeutic approaches to overcoming depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT as it is more widely known is a method by which your problem thoughts, feelings and behaviours are identified and targeted for change. It can require you to challenge those unwanted and unhelpful thought processes in order to finally break free of them. CBT is one of the most popular and effective methods for treating depression, a combination approach of CBT and CFT (see below) is recommended.
Compassion-Focused Therapy or CFT is especially helpful for people who have a high number of self-critical thoughts which so often accompany depression. It allows you to move away from negative states such as low mood or high stress and develop what is called your soothing system. This form of therapy is often used in conjunction with mindfulness techniques.