Clinical depression is not just bad or down mood that will pass. Unfortunately it cannot be wished or willed away. It takes time, self care and the appropriate treatment.
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
With the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
Those suffering with clinical depression can display psychological symptoms as well as physical and social symptoms.
Psychological symptoms may include:
Physical symptoms can include:
Social symptoms include:
There's no single reason why people suffer with clinical depression and it can affect anyone at any time. However, research has identified several factors associated with an increased risk for depression:
The majority ofpatients struggling with depression benefit from one to one sessions with a mental health specialist such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor. In order to identify the most appropriate treatment plan Dr de Silva would be able to conduct a full assessment and talk through her conclusions with you.She would be able to discuss the different options for treatment. Treatment options often include include medication such as anti depressants or individual psychotherapy. Often both psychotherapy and medication is recommended.
If you are referred for psychotherapy and whilst you are under Dr de Silva's care she would be able to offer appointments to monitor the treatment plan to ensure it is continuing the way that originally is planned and to review your medication if any has been prescribed.