How do I know if I’m depressed 3: antidepressants

Please note, these examples of personal stories are composites to illustrate common situations while maintaining confidentiality.

We met with a young medic who had been to her GP and was already on a course of antidepressants. Despite pursuing treatment, she felt “exactly the same or worse than before”. No longer could she see the point of being at work, her self worth was at an all time low, if she couldn’t help herself she must be “a really rubbish doctor,” she protested. Being off work was a problem, it prompted uncomfortable questions from colleagues curious to know “what’s wrong.”

After pursuing treatment she became “worried sick” that her medical records would now be “used against her.” Faced with the potential of being labelled “unfit to practise” it was hard to keep her fears of losing her career at bay.

If any of these thoughts sound familiar, or you recognise the symptoms in someone you know, depression may be the case. Depression is one of the most common reasons why a person will seek psychotherapy and counselling. Whilst it can often be dismissed as general sadness or feeling under the weather, it is infinitely more complex and often very challenging to deal with for family, friends, co workers, employers and of course the client themselves. If the symptoms are spotted and identified it is treatable and can be recovered from. Current NHS guidelines suggest a combination of antidepressant medication with talking therapies.

We maintain a neutral stance on the client choosing or rejecting antidepressant medication. A client is personally responsible for attendance at the GP and monitoring medication. We always suggest a GP consultation to consider and rule out causes such as thyroid problems, multiple sclerosis, neurological injury or tumour, inflammatory illness and undiagnosed disease or recurrence.

Because depressed people often struggle to feel better by talking initially, the process of learning, recovery and adaptation may seem slow. The inevitable question you will ask “how long is this going to take ?”
Expect small incremental gains and be prepared that the brain has an evolutionary negative bias to safeguard us from threat. Depression tends to bring people to notice what is going wrong. The filtering of information and rumination becomes narrow and repetitively fearful that this is a never ending hell. This is why cognitive distortions can tie you up in beliefs of helplessness and hopelessness.

At BodyMindTherapy Clinc we offer a range of therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). We take an initial assessment and tailor our approach to you and your situation, every client is unique. Our treatments are available with minimum or no wait times, so you can begin your treatment without delay.

Expect small incremental gains and be prepared to experience the brain’s evolutionary negative bias to safeguard us from threat.

Depression tends to bring people to focus on what is going wrong around them. The filtering of information and rumination becomes narrow and repetitively fearful, life may seem like a never ending hell. Cognitive distortions can tie you up in beliefs of helplessness and hopelessness, but a huge range of treatments exist and help is out there.

In our first sessions we will make our assessment and deal with initial common issues such as a resistant to treatment, painful feelings of shame, fear, anger and vulnerability. Self-critical thinking is common, we aim to deliver from this into a safer place where treatment can be pursued without hinderance.

If you think you or anyone you know may be suffering from depression or any other ailment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with BodyMindTherapy Clinic today. We’re here to help and will listen to you and tailor our approach your specific needs, whatever they may be.

Find out more about our counselling services for depression.

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