Depression

Depression is usually defined as an illness characterised by prolonged low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which vary from person to person and may include feeling helplessness, hopelessness, meaninglessness, low self-esteem, change in sleeping patterns, loss of appetite, decline in sexual functioning and low energy levels. Depression can develop quickly or gradually and it can strike anyone.

There are two main hypotheses regarding the cause of depression, a biomedical one and an environmental one. This distinction is somewhat artificial, we are biological and we interact with and are influenced by our environment. Whilst no hypothesis can fully explain the causes of depression, many people prefer the medical solution.

The biological one suggests changes in brain chemistry and lower levels of serotonin. Despite numerous experiments, this hypothesis is yet to be substantiated; many clinical studies suggest that the positive outcome has to do with placebo and faith effect. In all instances, anti-depressants may control symptoms in some people, are only effective in conjunction with other treatments and do not seem to give sufferers a depression-free life. Other sufferers do not respond to anti-depressants and are seen as resistant to treatment which may leave them feeling helpless and thus maintain their suffering.

The environmental hypothesis considers depression as a defence mechanism that helps to escape from unbearable stress, real or imaginary. In some cases, it can be part of a grieving period or a form of anger directed towards the self for not having lived up to one’s expectations. According to this approach, we need to remove stressors from our environment in order to remove depression. It may be true in some cases, however, in my experience, many depressed people cannot make a direct link to a specific life event.

The increase in depression rates in the West (some statistics forecast depression to be the second most disabling condition in the West by 2020) suggests that it may have to do with social changes, such as individualistic culture, the breakdown of community life, the move from smaller communities to city life, loss of faith (some studies suggest that religious people suffer less from depression) and loss of purpose.

So what can be done? Currently, the approach that shows long-lasting positive outcome is psychotherapy. Therapy that emphasises the vital importance of connection and context in determining how individuals identify resources and opportunities to flourish can help sufferers from depression to find hope and meaning in life.

When people recover from depression via a relational approach, such as psychotherapy, they normally attribute recovery to a sense of belonging, learning new social skills and changes in their capacity to reach out and be reached by others.
A sustainable and enduring recovery from depression requires behavioural change. Whilst sleep, nutrition and physical activity contribute to this change, feeling acceptable and lovable and connecting with supportive others is no less important.

Practitioners working with depression:

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Cristina Durigon

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07595231493
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Anthea Benjamin

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07988755126
Days working at the practice: Saturdays



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Thomas Fea

BPC Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Phone 07946 615 632
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays



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Anna Eraut

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07828013844
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Anne Marie CALVET

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Phone +44 747 847 6464
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Shammi Kohli

BACP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07976164833
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Alexander Duffield

BACP Accredited Practitioner

Phone 0790 537 3269
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Cecilia Spencer

European Certified Psychotherapist

Phone 07956089374
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays



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Eliza Kopalak

BACP Registered Counsellor

Phone 07894563631
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Meirion Todd

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07767787739
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays



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Karina Nemcova

BACP Registered Counsellor

Phone 075 3868 1839
Days working at the practice: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays



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Cecilia Hazlerigg

BACP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07790903777
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays



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Gilead Yeffett

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07967666713
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Arzum Gulsar

BABCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Phone 07930618072
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays, Thursdays



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Francesca Robinson

BACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Phone 07584222697
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays



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Lucy Nuttall

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07766894465
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays, Thursdays



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Ann Davis

BACP Accredited Practitioner

Phone 07434614276
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Pegah Houshmand

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Phone 07412696756
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Björg Sigríður Hermannsdóttir

HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist

Phone 07783 462361
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays, Wednesdays



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Tim LeBon

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07931 896857
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays, Fridays



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Evie Pitman

BACP Registered Counsellor

Phone 07976106535
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays



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Jana Sheena

Registerted Member of BABCP (Working towards accreditation)

Phone 07977871009
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays



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Pretish Raja-Helm

BACP Registered Counsellor

Phone 07779142275
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Kate Merrick

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07979488316
Days working at the practice: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays



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Peter Teigen

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07939224463
Days working at the practice: Thursdays, Fridays



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Lorraine Green

BACP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07596 711 469
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Lucas Teague

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07894526987
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays



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Adam Kincel

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07920 255542
Days working at the practice: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays



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Kei Iino

BACP Registered Counsellor

Phone 07903830761
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Anna Beckmann

BACP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 7592835346
Days working at the practice: Tuesdays, Wednesdays



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Anna Gyorfi

Clinical Psychologist (Hungary) & CPsychol (BPS)

Phone 07704223777
Days working at the practice: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays



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Julia Walker

UKCP Trainee Therapist

Phone +447795063375
Days working at the practice: Thursdays



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Malvinder Matharu

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07432553916
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays



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Asuka Yamashina

HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist

Phone 07465440543
Days working at the practice: Fridays



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Allegra Catolfi Salvoni



Phone 07967 212757
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Nicole Scott

BACP Accredited Practitioner

Phone 07779123521
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Ula Sroda

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07984 382072
Days working at the practice: Fridays, Sundays



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Robert French

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Phone 07761463319
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays



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Amali Hapugoda

BACP Registered Counsellor

Phone 07944859316
Days working at the practice: Mondays



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Vicky Ross

BACP Senior Accredited Practitioner

Phone 07950 565770
Days working at the practice: Wednesdays, Thursdays