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Definition of Depression

 

Depression can mean sad or miserable. However, when this does not go away and a person’s mood worsens, after about 2 weeks it can be deemed as depressed in the medical sense. Depression can be brought on by life changing events such as a death in the family, parents’ divorcing and or a change in body chemicals. People think that depression is only an adult condition; however depression can affect as much as 4% of the child population.

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

 

There are many signs of depression:

  • Weeping

  • Tiredness

  • Loss of appetite.

  • Withdrawn from friends

  • Loss of interest

  • Irritability, anger, lashing out episodes

  • Frustration

  • Dark thoughts such as self-harm or suicidal ideation

 

 

Treatment of Depression

 

Depression is very treatable, and usually involves either CBT or medication such as anti-depressants, or a combination of the two.

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Depression Diagnosis

Your Depression Pathway

An initial one hour assessment will be required.

 

During this time your doctor will cover the points below:

  • Pharmacological treatment may be required ONLY if in agreement.

  • 30 minute follow ups will be dependent on treatment and as and when necessary depending on severity.

  • If Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or family therapy is necessary a referral will be made.