Depression can be difficult to identify, and as a result, it can often be misdiagnosed as something else entirely. Too often, we hear stories of people in denial about their depression, people who ignore their signs and symptoms and turn to substances by way of ‘escaping’.
Alongside escapism, many people with depression feel the need to face it alone, not wanting to ‘burden’ others with their negative perception on the world. But it’s when faced alone that depression can cause dire consequences.
The social stigma attached to mental health issues means that many suffer in silence, which not only exacerbates the problem, but also compounds the feelings of distress, remorse, helplessness and hopelessness.
Unfortunately, clinical depression is a prolonged state that is largely unaffected by external circumstances. To live in a low state, where it may be difficult to find pleasure or joy in life, can be difficult not only for the sufferer, but also for those around them.
It’s important for all with depression to know, then, that regardless of who is in their lives, depression should never be faced alone.
In the U.K., 3.3 people out of every 100 claim to suffer from depression on a daily basis. But depression doesn’t sit on a black and white spectrum. It’s complex and affects each and every person differently. From a general feeling of apathy, to feeling worthless, hopeless, and in severe instances, even suicidal.
In most cases, depression can be determined because there is a general shift in mood or behaviour over a period of time. Everybody feels low from time to time, and everybody handles that feeling in their own way. It isn’t always the case that a feeling of lowness means depression.
What is required to truly understand depression in a person, then, is the observation of change over time, and a change in everyday behavioural patterns.
If you feel as though you might have depression, or at least experience depressive tendencies, ask yourself these questions:
If you feel as though you’re experiencing depression, please call us here for a no obligation consultation with one of our professionals.
Here at Camino Recovery Centre, our experts are dedicated to providing individually tailored depression treatment that is personalised to your preferred method of recovery.
Whether that’s working in groups with others to overcome your depression, or working alone in a one-to-one environment with a professional, our treatment options are open and available to help you and your loved ones make the most of their time here.
CBT is the most common form of therapy, and it’s used worldwide to help treat the signs and symptoms of depression easily.
Often, depression is caused because of our perception of things in the world, and in most instances, what is required is some behavioural therapy to help train our brains to think and act differently.
We are our own worst critic, and our inner voice is often wired to think negatively before it can think positively. CBT helps you find ways to challenge the negative assumptions you might have about yourself, and it’ll teach you some essential coping mechanisms for dealing with what life throws our way.
DBT is commonly used in more individualised cases of depression. It’s a form of CBT that tackles the extreme emotional thoughts that exist in severe cases of depression.
The focus with DBT is self-acceptance and internal change. This form of therapy is extremely effective for helping those with depression feel differently within themselves, understand who they are and how to deal with their day-to-day lives.
One-to-one therapy takes place between the patient and an expert that fits your personal requirements.
This form of therapy allows you to explore yourself in-depth with the right help and guidance at the helm. It’s a comprehensive, tailored solution to help you overhaul your internal thinking approach and begin to see the world in a new and enlightened way.
This is conducted in a highly supportive environment.
As you might think, group therapy is the opposite of one-to-one therapy, and it focuses on using relatability to help guide you through your treatment.
Many people with depression feel that they are alone in their signs and symptoms, and group therapy can be a great way of exploring and discussing the thoughts and feelings that others have, helping you explore why you feel the way you do, and what you and others have done to combat it.
The idea of group therapy can of course seem quite exposing and daunting to those new to the idea of therapy. But, once this barrier has been crossed, it is often an extremely effective way of understanding your depression in a compassionate and understanding environment.
Depression often causes many hardships among families, and consequently, family therapy is the best approach to help people come to new realisations about their actions, and what can be done to repair any damage.
For those with depression, family therapy is a supportive and comforting environment where open conversations can be had about how depression is affecting loved ones, and it can help you and your family put the foundations in place to combat depression in the long term, not only the short term.
Depression is an umbrella term that is often used to describe a number of different issues in any combination.
When addressing the issues related to depression, it is vital that the sources of pain are identified and that the sufferer is heard and understood, and that this pain has been excavated and released. That way, the person can feel as though their voice has been heard.
But in our everyday lives, it can be extremely difficult to open up about depression to loved ones who depend on us for their wellbeing. It can be tough to communicate to friends about our feeling of loneliness, isolation or worthlessness, and as a result, those with depression often struggle to find a place safe enough to open up about their struggles and trusting those around them with their distress can be near impossible.
Here at the Camino Recovery Centre, our team of clinical professionals are on hand to help diagnose the issues that lead up to a person’s lack of everyday functioning, negative perceptions and feelings of worthlessness. By dismantling the wall brick-by-brick, we guide you on the journey of working through emotional blocks and finding your joy again.
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