Therapy for Overcoming Depression

Therapy for Depression

What is Depression

Often when we think of someone who is depressed, we think of someone who can’t get out of bed and is unable to function at all. Much as this is the case for some people, there are many others who experience depression that continue to go about their life’s daily duties and responsibilities despite feeling really low in mood.

In both scenarios there is low mood that is there more days than not, that has made just living feel like too much effort.

A man in a hoodie looking out over a city as he seeks support for cbt for depression.

Signs of Depression

Depression affects everyone differently, but there are some common symptoms. One of the most frequent is the lack of enjoyment, interest, and motivation. This can manifest in disengaging from hobbies and socialising, a reduced effort with your appearance and home environment and struggling to manage work and family life. It’s what I describe as hibernation – a feeling of wanting to hide away and wait for things to change.

It’s also common to see physical symptoms of depression. This can include changes in sleep – you may have trouble sleeping at night, or wake up excessively early, or even sleep for too long. Other physical signs include a reduced appetite, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

The way that we think is significantly affected by our emotional state, so it is normal to experience feelings of hopelessness and not feeling good enough. When our mood drops it’s also common to experience increased rumination or dwelling, as well as overthinking.

No-one wants to feel low, particularly not for a prolonged period of time. If this does happen it’s understandable then that you may have thoughts of wanting to escape, or thoughts of wishing you were dead. This is more likely for those that are trying to deal with their feelings alone and without support.

Therapy for Depression

At Hannah Paskin Therapy I apply Psychotherapy to help my clients to understand what the problem is and why. So many of my clients say it’s not just about getting back on track but understanding how they got to where they are, so that they know how to prevent it in future. This is certainly an important part of my mission – to help my clients to make changes that last.

Alongside the work on increasing self-understanding, treatment for depression focuses on teaching effective strategies to learn ways of breaking vicious cycles.

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CBT for Depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an active talking treatment. Each session will be focused on increasing self-insight and learning effective strategies. Treatment will look both at how we think about things differently when we feel depressed, and also the unhelpful behaviours we get drawn into like withdrawing, drinking, comfort eating, self-sabotaging etc. Useful advice will also be given to better manage the physical impact of low mood such as poor sleep or a lack of energy.

Benefits of Therapy for Depression

At Hannah Paskin Therapy I will create a tailored treatment plan just for you, selecting the strategies that will be most effective for your particular symptoms. Effective treatment that allows you to overcome depression puts you in such a strong position of emotional resilience for going forwards in your life. Knowledge is power as they say, and that’s one of the biggest benefits of therapy – knowledge. 
With symptoms of depression alleviated, you will be able to live your best life, no longer weighed down or limited by your mood.

My unique approach

Alongside everything described above, what I offer clients is a straight-talking approach. Alongside this I use lots of analogies and simple visual illustrations that make concepts and strategies easy to remember. It is important to me that clients complete treatment with their questions answered, that they understand what the problem for them is, why, and how to overcome it and prevent it returning.

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