CBT for depression

What is depression?
If you have depression, you are likely to feel persistently unhappy and hopeless and to lose interest in things you used to enjoy.  Depression impacts how you feel, think and act, and it can be mild or severe.  Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.   However low you are feeling now, please remember that depression is treatable.  If you think you may have depression, please contact us and let us help you.

It’s time to get help when:
You are showing some of the symptoms commonly associated with an episode of depression.  If you have five or more of these symptoms and have had for more than two weeks, please make an appointment today.  You are not alone, and we can help you.

  • A persistent feeling of low mood or unhappiness
  • A sense of worthlessness and inadequacy with a loss of confidence
  • Feelings of guilt, anxiety and irritability
  • A loss of energy, general aches and pains and little motivation to do things
  • A loss of interest and pleasure in day-to-day activities
  • Changes in appetite – either eating less or more
  • Sleep disturbance – difficulties getting off to sleep or early morning waking
  • Loss of interest in sex and/or reduction in sex drive
  • Difficulty in concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • A sense of hopelessness and helplessness about the future
  • Difficulty being around people leading to withdrawal and isolating self
  • Thoughts of death and suicide
  • Thoughts which are extreme, negative, self-critical and unhelpful

CBT and depression
CBT is the treatment of choice for mild to moderate depression and, if symptoms are severe, then CBT has a greater effect when combined with medication. Guidelines produced by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend CBT as an effective psychological treatment to overcome depression and stay well.

Does CBT work?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that is structured and goal-oriented.  It was initially developed for the treatment of depression but has been successfully adapted for the treatment of a wide range of issues.

How can I make an appointment?
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