There’s no one way of experiencing depression. Some people become intensely depressed for a relatively short period; others may be mildly depressed for a long time, even years. Depression can feel like it’s wearing down the very core of you. It can be easy to lose hope that things will ever feel better again.
Depression is almost as common as it is debilitating — one in five people will experience it in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of disability in the world. How does it develop, how does it differ from ‘feeling low’ and what therapies can help to alleviate it?
Evidence suggests that CBT cognitive behavioural therapy is at least as effective as medication for depression, and leads to lower relapse rates. This is because it gets to the heart of the 'vicious cycle' of negative thoughts, feelings and actions that depression can trap us in.MORE
Depression is almost as common as it is debilitating: one in five people will experience it in their lifetime and it is the leading cause of disability in the world. How does it develop, how does it differ from 'feeling low' and what therapies can help to alleviate it?MORE
Depression is widespread across the globe, affecting people from all cultural and social backgrounds—though it may often be conceived of and named differently in non-western cultures. It has long been reckoned that there must be good biological reasons for depression's global ubiquity.MORE
A thoughtful piece as always from Stephen Fry, discussing his experience of depression. Fry was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 1995 after suffering a nervous breakdown.MORE
Emily is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in supporting individuals in managing the psychological impact of physical health conditions and appearance-related concerns. Emily's NHS position is with the Clinical Psychology Service embedded in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, London.MORE
Leah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She has worked within the NHS for a number of years including in a world leading hospital and has a particular specialism in working with young people, people with Autism and ADHD, and people with rare conditions. Leah also has completed and published several research projects.
Parneet completed her doctoral training at the University of Manchester. She has over a decade long experience of working therapeutically with mental health difficulties with individuals across the full age range, including their families, and has a special interest in working with trauma and attachment difficulties.MORE
Anna is a counselling psychologist who completed her clinical training in 2011 at the University of Surrey. Anna has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in woman’s health.MORE
Nimisha completed her doctoral training at City University London. She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who alongside her private practice works at an outpatient eating disorders service at South London and Maudsley hospital. She has a particular interest in eating disorders and addictions.MORE
Aisling is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in treating anxiety, depression and trauma. She completed her Doctoral Degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in the NHS for a number of years across different clinical specialties including sexual dysfunction, survivors of abuse and personality disorder.MORE
Sara is a consultant clinical psychologist who completed her clinical training in 1995 at the University of Western Cape in South Africa before building a successful private practice in Cape Town. Since coming to London, Sara has gained extensive experience working in the NHS and she has particular expertise in substance misuse and secure services.MORE
Steve completed his doctoral training at the University of East London. He is a chartered psychologist with wide NHS experience working across mental and physical health services. He has particular expertise in providing support for people who present with anxiety disorders, depression, relationship difficulties, chronic fatigue and trauma.MORE
Gill qualified as a psychologist in South Africa and underwent further training in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. Since chartership in 2001, she has held senior positions in the public, private and charity sectors. Gill works across all presentations of depressive and anxiety conditions, and has particular expertise in eating disorders and sports’ psychology.MORE
Jim completed his doctoral training at New York’s Columbia University and has extensive experience in delivering evidence-based psychological services to a wide range of individuals. A published author, he is also a registered Occupational Psychologist and has successfully led several corporate change projects, delivering benefits to thousands of employees.MORE
Una is an Australian psychologist who studied at University of Sydney and qualified with the Psychology Board of Australia before moving to London in 2010. She has worked with government and community organisations, as well as in private practice, in both Australia and the UK.MORE
Erin completed her professional doctorate at City University London, later to be invited back as a lecturer and supervisor on the same course. Now concentrating on private practice, Erin has considerable experience in the public sector, as an NHS psychologist and within a number of national charities.MORE
Alongside his private work, David has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, with various groups including families and older adults. As a researcher he has published in numerous academic journals. He is a chartered psychologist who completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry.MORE
Alongside her private work, Hayley manages The House Partnership and City Addictions. She also has considerable experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. Together with her work in general adult mental health, she has particular specialisms in addictions and issues with food.MORE
Lou, who can offer sessions only via Skype at the moment, is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who trained and worked in the US before moving to London in 2009. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at City University, New York, and has continued teaching in the UK as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.MORE
Helen completed her doctoral training at Christchurch Canterbury University. A chartered psychologist with extensive NHS experience as lead psychologist at the East London NHS Trust. Helen has also held various research and teaching roles, and pursues a keen interest in the arts.MORE
Silvia completed her training at the Institute of Psychiatry and City University. She is a chartered psychologist who alongside her private work, practices in NHS primary care at London's Maudsley Hospital, and at GP surgeries. She has particular expertise in trauma and eating disorders.MORE
Simon completed his doctoral research at Regent's College in London where he currently lectures. He has worked in adult mental health within the NHS and a number of community organisations. He has particular expertise with social anxiety, panic and addictions.MORE