Depression is a mental health condition that affects many, many people each year. It is not a mood that quickly passes and is not something that someone can just snap out of There are often a number of reasons behind someone's depression which over time can accumilated and become too much for the person to cope with. Depression can be treated in a number of different ways and is dependent on the type, severity and nature of the depression.

Symptoms of depression

  • Energy loss
  • Increased periods of crying
  • Change in appetite.  Increased eating, or lack of interest in food
  • DIsturbances to sleep - For exaple not being able to sleep or stay asleep during the night but wanting to be asleep throughout the day.
  • Feelings worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Not being able to take pleasure in activities that were enjoyable before
  • Unexplained physical issues such as back ache
  • Increased periods of sadness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Increased thoughts of death and dying

Different forms of depression

Depression can be classified in a number of different types and the intensity can be different. The most common forms of depression include:

Who is at risk?

There's no single reason why people suffer with depression and it can affect anyone at any time - For example, at any one time 1 in 4 people will be suffering with a different type of depression. However, research has identified several factors associated with an increased risk for depression:

  • History of depression in the family
  • Traumatic situations and events in childhood
  • Difficult life experiences
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Family issues
  • Marital issues
  • Work / life balance
  • Physical complications and illness
  • Gender identity struggles


Depression can often be treated with individual sessions with a clinican such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or psychotherapist. A consultant psychiatrist would be able to provide a full psychiatric assessment in order to be able to identify the most effective treatment plan which could include medication and psychological treatment. If psychological treatment is recommended the psychiatrist is able to refer you to the most appropriate specialist for your situation. If medication is recommended this does not mean that someone has to take medication. The psychiatrist would be able to talk through the pros and cons of taking medication and will always take the patient's views and wishes into consideration. For those struggling with strong feelings of hopelessness and / or suicidal thoughts Dr Lalitha de Silva would be able to talk through treatment options at one of the private psychiatric hospitals in order to work through the very difficult time in the safest environment possible.

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