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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 24 November 2022

Clinically Reviewed on by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Depression Treatment London

 If you’re among that number who feel their mental health is having a negative impact on their life and have an addiction, then you can book yourself into our residential clinic to receive specialist dual diagnosis treatment in London.

According to the NHS, one in four adults will experience mental illness. It may seem daunting, but at Asana Lodge we provide a highly supportive environment that offers the best chance of recovery. We offer a wide variety of treatment courses that can be tailored to your needs.

On this page, you will learn about:

  • The different types of depression and their symptoms
  • What happens during dual diagnosis treatment in London


What is depression?

Before looking at different types of depression treatment in London, it’s worth considering how depression affects people in different ways and causes a variety of different symptoms.

The classic symptom is low mood. Sufferers may feel without hope or in a constant unhappy state. Some symptoms of depression have obvious causes: a failed relationship or the loss of a loved one, for example. For others, there may be no obvious cause at all.

Other symptoms of depression may include:

  • Constant tiredness
  • Demotivation
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Low sex drive
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression is best viewed as a spectrum where symptoms go from mild to severe. When you sit down and speak to one of our practitioners, they can consider what type of depression you have. This helps them decide on the best course of treatment.

The different forms of depression include:

Melancholy: A low mood where the individual cannot find pleasure in the things that once brought them joy or happiness. May wake up earlier, experience a change in appetite, or feel agitated and sluggish.

Psychosis: Those suffering from psychosis have a low mood which is accompanied by hallucinations or delusional thoughts. A pattern of severe negative thinking may be a root cause.

Anxiety: Restless, agitated and may even be prone to panic attacks. Also characterised by persisted worry.

Atypical features: Highly sensitive to rejection, need a lot of sleep, have an increased appetite, and can feel heavy-limbed.

Seasonal depression: Changing of seasons can cause depression, particularly when individuals are not able to get much natural sunlight.

Catatonia: A mental affliction characterised by repetitive and needless actions.

Mixed state depression: The sufferer experiences both depression (low mood) and mania at the same time.

Peripartum onset: Occurs in women who are pregnant or in the weeks and months after birth (known as postpartum or postnatal depression)

Whatever your symptoms, at Asana Lodge we provide depression treatment in London which tackles not just the symptoms but the root causes. This gives you the best chance of long-term recovery.


What happens during dual diagnosis treatment in London

We provide dual diagnosis treatment in London which is supervised by a qualified team of medical professionals, recovery staff and counsellors. Asana Lodge is a relaxing residential setting where you can benefit from a treatment programme designed especially for you and the precise nature of your depression and addiction.

Every patient is different. That’s why the first priority is to learn about your experiences. One of our medical professionals will learn about your symptoms and life circumstances, and consequently, provide a treatment programme that utilises a range of techniques and treatments to treat your addiction and depression.

The treatments available to help you beat dual diagnosis include:


Another simple but effective means of treating depression and addiction. A counsellor will ask you about the problems you’re experiencing, offering an open forum for you to talk openly about your situation in a non-judgemental environment. Counselling empowers you to find solutions to your problems.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

IPT is a way of looking at your relationships with others and how this might be affecting your depression. You may have difficulties in communicating with others which are stifling your emotions leading to a psychological bottleneck.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

The effectiveness of CBT is now beyond debate and is practised by mainstream medical institutions, including the NHS. It’s a way of better understanding how your patterns of thinking affect your emotions. Equipped with this knowledge, sufferers can learn to effectively control their own harmful thought processes and end the vicious cycle of depression.


For the most severe symptoms of depression and drug and alcohol addiction, it may be necessary to use medications during the withdrawal phase.

Medications are often used in combination with other treatment approaches in order to give you the best chance of a successful outcome. The medium (or long term) plan, is to help you manage your symptoms free of drugs.

The type of medications that may be prescribed include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Tricyclics and tricyclic-related drugs
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)


Alternative therapies

There is a range of therapies that may be also be included as part of your dual diagnosis treatment in London, including mindfulness, peer-to-peer support and different forms of exercise.


Book-in for rehab treatment in London

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week, according to Mind. But every situation is different.

Mental health is incredibly complex and requires an individually tailored approach. If you’re among those struggling with depression and have an addiction problem, start your journey on the road to recovery by contacting one of our team at Asana Lodge.

We provide a wide range of treatment options which are overseen by a highly qualified team of recovery experts. You can also find out more about our services for dual diagnosis treatment in London using the contact form.



John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 30 June 2020

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed:

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures

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