Depression is a clinical illness that has crippling effects on the sufferer. Much like any other illness, it requires the correct treatment to overcome.
Depression is much more than just a feeling of sadness. To the sufferer, it can be debilitating, as it negatively impacts on all areas of their life. Overcoming Depression can take a combination of medical and therapeutic treatment. At Primrose Lodge we are able to successfully treat Depression, providing a long-term solution in order to prevent its recurrence.
If you suffer from Depression, you may have been told to “Just pull yourself together”, or to ” Just get on with it and stop feeling sorry for yourself”. Hearing this is hurtful to someone who is suffering from a mental illness that is beyond his or her own control. Depression is not a choice; it is a life-threatening condition that can carry severe consequences to the sufferer and to their loved ones. It is not a condition that is likely to get better without treatment and is a common dual diagnosis illness that can result in addiction and remain once the addiction has been successfully treated.
There are various types of recognised medical Depression. Here are some of the common forms that require professional medical treatment
Postnatal Depression occurs in new mothers and it is triggered by hormonal changes brought on by giving birth. It is completely different from the commonly occurring postnatal “baby blues” in that it is much more serious and without correct treatment can last for months, sometimes even years.
Those affected can have a constant feeling of sadness and feel listless. They may suffer from disturbed sleep patterns, low self-confidence and feel highly anxious. They are likely to neglect their own health and isolate from others as feel inadequate as new mothers. Women suffering from Postnatal Depression are likely to feel a failure and will be scared to express their true feelings for fear of being judged by others.
Postnatal Depression can be so severe in some cases that the woman affected is unable to care for herself or her baby. She may turn to drink or drugs in order to help her cope and blot out the overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame. If left untreated, the mother and child bond is likely to be affected and the woman may even feel so low that she contemplates taking her own life.
Bipolar Disorder is also known as Manic Depression and causes the person to suffer from extreme mood swings. Those with Bipolar Disorder alternate between periods of deep depression and mania; where they will be very excited and then very depressed. Bipolar Disorder presents in various types, all are debilitating and very serious. Those suffering from manic episodes are likely to behave destructively and out of character, sometimes spending money they don’t have, behaving erratically and taking risks. When in a depressive state, they can be suicidal and self-harm. Bipolar Disorder usually requires a combination of mood stabilisers and therapy for a full recovery.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is linked to the fewer daylight hours of late autumn and winter. The shorter days and longer colder nights can trigger depression in those predisposed to it. Those affected will struggle during the winter months but come spring, when the day lengthens and the temperature rises, their mood will lift naturally. SAD can be mild or severe; those affected can suffer from an inability to sleep and experience issues with food and self-care during depressive periods. This can lead to an increase in addictive behaviours as the individual tries to fix themselves through external means. SAD can be successfully treated with a comprehensive therapeutic programme, designed to bring about a change in the individual’s thinking and perception.
As the name suggests this is where an individual develops Depression in response to an event. Common triggers are bereavement, redundancy and relationship break-ups. In order to recover, the individual will need therapy to help them process and deal with the triggering event.
If you are suffering from Depression, it can be helpful to spot the signs. If you or a loved one exhibits the following symptoms, please seek professional help. Delaying treatment can result in a downward spiral of suicidal ideation, addiction and self-harm tendencies.
Those with Depression may suffer from the following physical, social or psychological symptoms:
There is no one singular event or trigger for an individual developing Depression. What is known is that the brain chemistry alters, as there is a lack of Serotonin produced. Serotonin is the body’s naturally occurring happy chemical. Adequate levels of Serotonin are required in order for an individual to feel content, able to sleep and feel motivated. A change in hormone levels and stress can trigger a decrease in Serotonin; others are predisposed to developing Depression.
Not everyone develops Depression as a result of a stressful or upsetting situation such as a relationship break down, those that do, often will have a family history of Depression and are predisposed genetically to be at higher risk of developing the condition.
Regardless of the cause, it is imperative that the individual seek help promptly.
Primrose Lodge has the means and expertise to correctly treat a number of depressive illnesses. As a clinic specialising in the treatment of dual diagnosis patients, we have on board a qualified doctor experienced in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health illnesses. All of our staff are fully trained and qualified in delivering approved and effective treatment techniques. We treat Depression using a number of proven therapeutic talking methodologies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, One to One Counselling, Group Therapy and a combination of mood enhancing and emotionally balancing holistic therapies such as Meditation, Mindfulness, Art, Music and Fitness.
The environment we have created is one that is extremely supportive and healing; we focus on treating each individual as a whole. This means our personalised treatment programmes are designed to treat the root causes of the illness and restore each individual to optimum health in mind, body and spirit. We equip our patients with the tools they need for a full and permanent recovery and will do all we can to meet each person’s medical, clinical and therapeutic needs.
For more information on our treatment programme for Depression, please call and speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist you in any way that they can.