An Alternative to Traditional Treatment for Depression
While most people have a good understanding of depression, they may not be aware of all the recognised types of this condition.
The type of depression that is chronic or occurs several days out of every week is often categorised as a major depressive disorder. The diagnosis of major depressive disorder includes symptoms ranging from changes in weight and sleep, loss of interest, feeling mentally and physically tired and agitation, to problems with memory and concentration or thoughts of suicide or self-harm. People with depression may also abuse alcohol or drugs and have an overwhelming sense of worthlessness, hopelessness and helplessness.
Other types of depression can include persistent depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder and postpartum depression are two other specific types of depression, occurring in the winter months or after childbirth. Situational depression is not a specific diagnosis, but it occurs due to a specific, identifiable event in life. Extended periods of depression after the loss of a loved one, during and after a divorce, or after any significant change in life are examples of this type of depression.
Depression can increase and decrease in cycles throughout the life of an individual. For those with major or persistent depression it can become a part of the person, and it may be difficult for that person to imagine his or her life without the symptoms of depression.
Medication is not the Only Option
A common reason people don't seek help with depression is the fear of being prescribed medication with side effects. While new options in anti-depressant medication provide a greater range of prescription options for doctors to consider, these medications only treat the symptoms; they do not alter the thoughts and beliefs that underlie behaviours and emotional responses.
The psychotherapists and counsellors at Mayfair Online Therapy are able to provide talking therapy for those struggling with all types of depression. Talking therapies have been researched extensively and are considered best-practice choices for the treatment of depression in both children and adults.
Talking therapy allows the therapist and the client to explore the thinking around feelings of depression. It also provides the opportunity for the client to gain insight into how they can turn these triggers and thought patterns into positive behaviours and coping mechanisms. Drawing from different therapeutic models and theories, the psychotherapist and the client work through issues and challenges together. Using a blended or integrated approach, the therapist customises and personalises each session to address the specific issues the client is facing.
Providing psychotherapy online makes it easy for the individual to attend sessions, and to avoid the discomfort or anxiety many people with depression experience. Exercises, activities and immediate feedback and support is provided through the online platform, and it quickly becomes comfortable for the client to talk openly with the therapist.
As with our in-person therapy sessions, all online therapy is completely confidential. It provides additional privacy for the client, as he or she has full control over the surroundings for each session.
Mayfair Online Therapy have over 20 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy, covering the treatment of a wide range of issues. We are based in Mayfair in central London, but can work with clients from across the UK and Internationally.
If you are interested in finding out more, or to discuss any questions you may have about online treatment options, call us on +44 7809 668193 or +44 7557 362207 at any time.
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