According to the NHS, approximately 26% of adults in the UK have reported that they have been diagnosed with at least one mental health condition. If you’re among that number who feel their mental health is having a negative impact on their life, then you can book yourself into our residential clinic to receive specialist depression treatment in London.
It may seem daunting, but at Asana Lodge we provide a highly supportive environment which offers the best chance of recovery. We offer a wide variety of treatment courses which can be tailored to your needs.
On this page, you will learn about:
- The different types of depression and their symptoms
- What happens during depression 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
- Loss of appetite
- Low sex drive
- 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 the 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: 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 depression treatment in London
We provide clinical depression treatment in London which is supervised by a qualified team of psychotherapists and counsellors – supported by nurses and other clinical professionals. 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.
Every patient is different. That’s why the first priority is to learn about your experiences. One of our clinical psychologists will learn about your symptoms and life circumstances, and consequently, provide a treatment programme which utilises a range of techniques and treatments.
The treatments available to help you beat depression include:
Psychodynamic psychotherapy: It may sound intimidating, but is in fact very simple. A qualified therapist will encourage you to say whatever is going through your mind. This can reveal hidden patterns of thinking, or deep-seated issues which you have, thus far, been unaware of.
Another simple but effective means of treating depression. 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 of how your patterns of thinking affect your emotions. Equipped with this knowledge, sufferers can learn to more effectively control their own harmful thought-processes and end the vicious cycle of depression.
For the most severe symptoms of depression, it may be necessary to use medications. Your thought-processes and emotional state may be too powerful – short-term – in order to even begin some of the psychological treatments outlined above.
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)
There is a range of therapies which may be also be included as part of your depression treatment in London, including: mindfulness, peer-to-peer support and different forms of exercise.
Book-in for depression 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, 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 mental health professionals. You can also find out more about our services for depression treatment in London using the contact form.