Clinical Depression

CLINICAL DEPRESSION

Cognitive behavioral therapy acknowledges that mood is related mindsets and thought patterns. The purpose of this therapy is to help you recognise harmful thoughts patterns that contribute to clinical depression, assess the reality of them and change them into positive ways of thinking.

Inappropriate behavior comes from faulty thinking and when behavior is changed, your mood will improve.

Psychological therapy for depression

Clinical depression may affect the quality of your life in a number of ways such as:

  • a pervasive and persistent low mood
  • low self-esteem
  • a loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities
  • affecting sleep patterns
  • the ability to work
  • being more dependent on others
  • how you see yourself
  • feeling socially isolated

Through using psychological therapy as part of your wellbeing strategy, we can help you manage your post-natal depression by working with you to:

  • motivate you to improve your quality of life
  • set realistic goals
  • limit psychological distress
  • become more informed about your condition in order to cope better
  • maintain positive results

HEALTH-RELATED DEPRESSION

Depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness and many people with health issues experience depression at some point in their lives. In fact,it is estimated that up to one-third of individuals with a serious medical condition experience symptoms of depression

If you have a long-term health condition, cognitive behavioral therapy could help improve your mood as well as improving your self-care, thereby making your condition easier to manage and your life of better quality.

Psychological therapy for health-related depression

Chronic health conditions last a year or longer and may require on-going care and support and can include: respiratory conditions, chronic pain, heart conditions, diabetes or digestive disorders amongst others.

A chronic condition may affect the quality of your life in a number of ways such as:

  • affecting sleep patterns
  • causing depression
  • the ability to work
  • being more dependent on others
  • accessing support and appropriate information
  • influencing mobility
  • how you see yourself e.g. body image
  • feeling socially isolated

Through using psychological therapy as part of your wellbeing strategy, we can help you manage your health-related depression by working with you to:

  • motivate you to improve your quality of life
  • set realistic goals
  • limit psychological distress
  • become more informed about your condition in order to cope better
  • maintain positive results

If you would like to talk to someone about therapy and treatments for depressionplease get in touch with us at the Health Psychology Clinic by telephone at 020 8144 3041 or book online by clicking below.

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