Depression Treatment in West Lothian, Scotland

What Is Depression?

Depression is a sad or discontented mood that can leave a person feeling lethargic, unmotivated, or hopeless. It may occur in an acute severe form, or in a more chronic, mild-to-moderate form. In some severe cases, it can lead to suicidal ideation, even suicide.

Nowadays, depression is much more commonplace in our modern societies than most care to admit. This is especially as we continue to be pushed into working long hours in dead-end jobs, have bills to pay, while looking after children and running households.

What Are Sources of Depression?

A depressive episode can occur as a result of a stressful life change, such as separation or divorce, job loss or change, financial instability, relocation, or a decline in health. Everyday stressors, like social isolation, domestic violence, and the presence of other psychological or physiological conditions can also contribute to the issue.

Sometimes depressive reaction arises as a defence mechanism to avoid experiencing painful emotions. For instance, when we have to make a major life-changing decision, such as changing a job that we hate.

Some women who have recently given birth struggle with postnatal depression, with symptoms persisting for days, weeks, months, even years following the birth.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of depression are different from the signs or symptoms linked to grief when feeling emotionally overwhelmed is normal and temporary. Depression may be indicated when feelings of sadness and despair disrupt daily life and persist for more than two weeks.

Those who have experienced trauma or are prone to anxiety may be more likely to experience depression than those who have not. Research suggests that some people may be biologically predisposed to the experience the condition, due to neurochemical abnormalities. A family history of depression can lead to a person’s inheriting or learning these traits.

Sufferers are likely to encounter difficulty coping with daily stressors and may feel helpless and alone. In fact, sometimes the most mundane of activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, and dressing can feel like an impossible feat. These challenges can leave a person more susceptible to a decline in positive mood and result in a negativity bias that informs all experience.

Emotions such as anger, shame, and fear can sometimes express as physiological symptoms, such as aches, pains, nausea, and other complaints. People may feel tense, irritable, or weepy, and it is not uncommon to feel intensely fatigued without relief. In severe cases, a person may express no emotion whatsoever. Suicidal thoughts and behaviours are not uncommon too.

Are You Suffering from Depression?

You can test yourself, using an easy to use a Depression Self-Assessment Tool. Click here to start the test.

How Does Depression Impact on Relationships?

It difficult for a depressed person to accept comforting from others. This is sometimes based on the belief that they do not deserve it or that the affection is insincere. Similarly, the lethargy, irritability, and hopelessness experienced by the partner who is depressed may make expressions of love nearly impossible. Depression can also interfere with communication and sexual intimacy in a romantic relationship. Some people may become more distant, while others appear needier or more dependent on their partners.

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What Are Available Treatments for Depression?

Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy, and it is highly treatable. Unfortunately, though, the stigma surrounding this mental health issue inhibits many people from seeking treatment. Affected people may be viewed as flawed or weak. Because of this, sufferers are likely to feel shame regarding his or her condition. Many fear the consequences of disclosing their experience to employers, health care providers, family, and friends.

What Treatments Are Offered in My Practice?

For those who seek complete discretion and a varied and natural approach to their treatment, there is a number of therapies that have demonstrated effectiveness in treating hundreds of clients.

Therapies offered in my practice include Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness techniques, Guided Meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Matrix Reimprinting, Vibrational Medicine, Breathing Exercises, Emotional Aromatherapy, Energy System Rebalancing, and others.

Regardless of the severity of your condition, or whether you are on medications for it or not, we will find a way to relieve, or completely eliminate your symptoms. You will be treated here wholistically and based on the causes of your issue, not the symptoms. We will consider every possible contributory factor – physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual – in an effort to understand and heal the source of your depression. In fact, very often, simply identifying the source of depression can result in considerable improvements, even complete healing.

Therapy also helps people to recognize and access their strength, autonomy, and capacity for change. It opens one’s eyes to possibilities once again!

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