Depression & Sadness
Depression is the medicalised term that describes long-term sadness which may be physically and socially debilitating.
Anybody can suffer from feeling a bit “down” following a sad event or when things just haven’t gone to plan, however, when you suffer from Depression you are likely to experience feelings of sadness for much longer, maybe for weeks, months or even longer.
Despite the widely held view that Depression is some sort of ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain, the scientific evidence supporting this ‘hypothesis’ is very thin on the ground with many psychologists questioning how this model has become so prevalent in today’s society.
This does not detract from the impact that feeling depressed might have on a persons life, but the suggestion that it is some sort of ‘brain disease’ is highly contentious and may contribute to the belief that it can only be overcome through the use of pharmaceutical interventions.
Because of this, Depression should be regarded as a real condition that can have a very serious impact on one’s life – sometimes the most serious of impacts, but also that it can be helped by learning how to manage unhelpful thinking styles.
The mind is MORE than capable of creating a wide range of REAL physical symptoms as well as being able to influence the neural make-up of the brain, both positively and negatively!
However, all in NOT lost.
The symptoms of Depression can often be effectively treated using skillfully applied Psychology & Psychotherapy principles.
Symptoms of Depression
If you experience some of these symptoms for most of the day, every day for more than a couple of weeks then you should seek help from your GP in the first instance.
- A continuous low mood or sadness
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Low self-esteem
- Irritability & Intolerance
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty making a decision
The majority of sufferers CAN make a complete and lasting recovery when they obtain the right kind of help.
How Do I Know if I’m Suffering from Depression?
Depression can affect people in a wide variety of ways and produce a large number of different symptoms (see above) from feelings of sadness or hopelessness and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy (including a loss of interest in sex) through to much more significant problems such as total withdrawal from society.
It can lead to physical symptoms too, for example persistent tiredness, lack of ability to sleep and various feelings of aches and pains.
At worst (although this is actually rarer than most people believe) this problem can lead to such feelings of helplessness that suicide can seem like a viable option.
Take the PHQ9 Depression Test
The PHQ9 depression test is used by mental health professional to determine if depression related feelings and thoughts are present.
IF YOU HAVE SERIOUSLY THOUGHT ABOUT ENDING YOUR OWN LIFE THEN WE WOULD URGE YOU TO IMMEDIATELY TALK TO YOUR GP PRIOR TO CONSULTING US FOR HELP.
Psychotherapy for Depression
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different Psychotherapy solutions for depression which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression
If you’re determined to overcome your Depression then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self help CBT course.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic Psychotherapy course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Teach Yourself CBT and Overcome Depression Problems for only £149!
Our online CBT course has been designed to teach you the fundamental tools and techniques of clinically proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy without having to see a therapist.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, this self-managed course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to visit a therapist.
Click Self-Help CBT to find out more.
Alternative Therapy Options for Depression
Although our preferred form of Psychotherapy for Depression is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for Depression
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your depression related problems prior to commencing any counselling.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online counselling service.
At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking Psychotherapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course
Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.
Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.
It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.