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Depression in Derby

Depression in Derby

Who gets depressed?

Any person young or old, male or female can become depressed. Depression is increasing in all age groups, but particularly in the younger teenage group and it is estimated to be around 42% common amongst children that have grown up with a parent that is depressed. Females tend to experience depression twice as frequently as males. This can be down to them finding it difficult to go out and socialise, especially if they are looking after children and feel more ‘trapped’ in the home environment. Menopause, weight gain, hypertension, marriage problems are all possible negative attributes in their lives.

Men tend to experience depression with job loss, not being promoted, arguments at home, getting older and perhaps with health problems. They frequently do not seek therapy or go to their Doctor. It is easier for them however to go out with their friends, socialise and drink more alcohol – which can suppress their underlying anxieties and depression (but of course cause more long term health problems)

Children can be misdiagnosed as having a behavioural, a learning disability. Certainly being bullied at school can cause depression.

Depression in the elderly, where children have left home whom they no longer see believe that their life is over, or have some illness or disease, which again may be undiagnosed. Clinical depression really refers to someone that is depressed and has some form of physical illness that is causing the depression. However it seems that many professionals now refer to depression as ‘clinical’.

Depression in DerbyDepression – why?

There have been many misconceived ideas about depressed people that they are weak, or just feel sorry for themselves. They are told to “snap out of it” or “there are people worse off than you”. This clearly is not an answer, and often makes the person feel guilty – or worse about their condition.

Day to day living has become more stressful for many people, changes in society, a higher divorce / separation rate and the general break up of families, job insecurity, being too fat or too thin. Those who do not perceive themselves as successful, even with nice car, house, or family – and millionaires can be depressed.

In the younger category, pressures on children to do better at school, with the now increasing vast array of subjects can lead to despair and frustration, that may cause anxiety, helplessness or hopelessness.

Of course, not everyone who experiences these problems or stresses becomes depressed. However, there are numerous amounts of people, thought to be 50% go untreated, because either they don’t know they are depressed, or a consultation with their Health Practitioner fails to diagnose depression.

  • Symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms in five of the following – and for at least two weeks or more show a major depressive illness:
  • Sadness, feeling ‘down’ or ‘blue’
  • Negative thoughts or feelings
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless
  • Inappropriate guilt
  • Pessimistic about the future
  • Inability to obtain pleasure, social, sexual
  • Decreased energy, fatigue
  • Memory loss or no concentration
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Agitation
  • Irritable or restless
  • Sleep problems, cannot get to sleep, wake up and cannot get back to sleep, wake up early
  • Sleeping too much
  • Loss of appetite Over eating
  • Suicidal ideology

The Alexander Practice in Derby

The Alexander Practice provides effective therapy for depression, clinical depression, ante-natal and post-natal depression. A combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used, which is effective for emotional states of the mind and psychosomatic problems. The number of sessions required (usually 6 – 9) will be discussed during the (free) consultation.

Geoffrey Schofield D.CBT D.Hyp
1 Vernon Street
Derby, DE1 1FR.
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