One in five of us will become depressed at some stage in our lives, as depression is one of the most common manifestations of mental distress. You may have relatively mild symptoms, where you are able to struggle on with your normal life and relationships although your quality of life suffers. Or, with severe depression, your ability to function in any normal way is completely undermined.
The symptoms you may be experiencing include feelings of sadness, lack of energy, loss of enjoyment in life, decreased interest in the normal functions of living such as food and sex, and difficulty in sleeping. You may find it hard to concentrate, or have difficulty in making decisions or performing your usual tasks at home and work.
If you suffer from bipolar disorder you have periods of severe depression such as described above, but also periods of elevated mood where it may seem to other people you are ‘speeding-up’. You might think and talk quickly, jump from idea to idea, and have excessive energy which prevents you from sleeping. Because during this ‘high period’ you may behave recklessly or go on spending sprees, there is potential for conflict with your family and friends.
Depression can distort your judgment and this, together with gloomy thinking, can lead to suicidal thoughts. And, because anxiety, agitation and irritability are part of the picture when you suffer from depression, it can take a toll on close relationships. All these things may make it difficult even to take the first step to seek help, but by taking that step you begin a journey towards well-being and recovery of quality of life.
How we can help
At Ashburn Clinic we can offer you the support you need to better understand the underlying issues that are contributing to your depression, and help you to improve in your mood and in your overall quality of life. Mostly treatment will be through individual and group psychotherapy, but we also offer medication, when appropriate, to help deal with the symptoms of depression.