Depression is one disorder that knows no boundaries when it comes to age, gender, education level or socio-economic class. It is a universal mental health crisis around the globe. It is also a mental health disorder which can be effectively treated through therapeutic intervention, holistic treatment programmes and a focus on addressing the deep, underlying issues which lead to the sadness and loss of enjoyment of life. According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 350 million people around the world dealing with depression, with only a fraction of those individuals reaching out for support and treatment. For many, the sadness, helplessness and hopelessness that characterises the condition becomes a part of them, but this doesn't have to be the case.
In the UK, the numbers are virtually identical to the global information. This year, 1 in 4 people will struggle with a mental health disorder, with depression and anxiety the most prevalent. To add to this, one in five older adults will have depression, and the episodes of the mood change can last for months, often becoming longer in duration without treatment.
Recognising the Signs
The signs or symptoms of depression are not the same as for sadness due to a loss or a negative change in life. Instead, these are deep feelings that become oppressive, and they tend to become worse and not better over time.
Typical signs or symptoms of depression include:
- Extreme sadness without a specific cause
- Lack of enjoyment of things that were pleasurable in the past
- Difficulty in coping with daily events or challenges
- Irritability, anger and agitation
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Feelings of being chronically physically and mentally fatigued
- Difficulty in making decisions and poor problem-solving skills
- Withdrawal and isolation even from family and close friends
At Philippe Jacquet & Associates, we provide an integrated approach to the treatment of depression. Each treatment is uniquely designed for the individual client, drawing on therapeutic options that are most suited to providing the support needed.
All of our therapists use a holistic approach to treatment. We look at you as a unique individual, with the depression affecting more than just one area of your life. Through a range of treatment options from talk therapies to art therapy, we will create an environment for healing to occur. Learning more about expressing emotions, especially in the form of art therapy, is very effective for those with depression.
Our clients will learn about themselves, about depression, and about coping mechanisms, stress reduction, and positive lifestyle changes. Through this combination of treatment opportunities our clients see amazing changes in their life, and the ability to return to enjoying life and feeling good about themselves and the world around them.