When you are depressed you can feel very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often unable to live in a normal way. ‘What’s the point’ becomes a common thought and also you can be very self critical.
You may have difficulty concentrating, making decisions and have a tendency to procrastinate. Usually enjoyed activities no longer have the same appeal and you may struggle to feel a sense of achievement on a daily basis. You may even have frequent thoughts of taking your life and worry about being a burden on others. Depression can also be closely associated with anxiety.
CBT which is compassion focussed can help lift your mood and return to the life you want to live by addressing the thoughts and behaviours attributing to and maintaining your mood.
Postnatal Depression affects between 10 to 15 in every 100 women having a baby. The symptoms are similar to those in depression at other times. These include low mood and other symptoms lasting at least two weeks. Depending on the severity, you may struggle to look after yourself and your baby. You may find simple tasks difficult to manage.
You may feel distressed, or guilty for feeling like this, as you expected to be happy about having a baby. However, PND can happen to anyone and it is not your fault. It’s never too late to seek help. Even if you have been depressed for a while, you can get better. Therapy can help as well as accessing support from family and friends.
Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) is a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations. It’s one of the most common anxiety disorders. It is much more than “shyness”. It can be intense fear over simple everyday activities, such as shopping or speaking on the phone.
Many people sometimes worry about certain social situations, but someone with social anxiety disorder will worry excessively about them before, during and afterwards. They fear doing or saying something they think will be embarrassing or humiliating, and illicit negative judgements from others. Social anxiety disorder is a type of phobia which can have a disruptive or disabling impact on a person’s life. It can severely affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem, interfere with relationships and impair performance at work or school.
Therapy can offer a person the necessary strategies to overcome their difficulties in a compassionate, safe and non judgemental environment.
OCD is a disorder which is composed of two parts – obsessions and compulsions.
An obsession is a recurrent and persistent thought or desire. It is not voluntary and can be very distressing. A person may try to suppress or ignore it but this can be exceptionally difficult. A compulsion is an uncontrollable urge to perform some repetitive and stereotyped action. This action is not an end in itself but serves as a substitute for unacceptable unconscious ideas and impulses. Although a person may does not know the reason for this action, failure to perform it leads to increasing anxiety, which can be relieved by giving in to the compulsion.
CBT is identified as the recommended treatment for this disorder.
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
Anxiety can cause avoidance of people and situations which can have a negative impact on your mood.
Therapy can help address these difficulties to allow you to access your own resilience and coping strategies.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that is triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Some people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD — with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse and begin to interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD.
Accessing effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
After the loss of a loved one, sadness and loneliness can be extremely overwhelming. Support from family and friends is essential however, sometimes it is helpful to speak to someone outside your personal environment without the concern of being a burden or upsetting the other person. Grief is a very natural emotion but sometimes we can get ‘stuck’ and struggle to adapt to the loss. Therapy can be a safe, non judgemental place to discuss painful things.
A phobia can be described as a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is safe.
Phobias are wide ranging but the treatment of them has the same basis. CBT can help you to manage your anxiety to reduce avoidance.
Even if you think your phobia is ‘weird’, chances are that they’re not weird to us therapists! We can help.
The adolescent years can be very difficult for some young people. There are many outside pressures as well as those imposed on themselves. Sometimes these young people don’t feel comfortable speaking to parents/ teachers/friends about how they feel about certain things.
We provide a safe confidential space where the young person can speak freely without the worry of being judged, letting people down or being a burden.
We take adolescent mental health very seriously and will always refer to medical professionals if we assess a situation which needs another type of support.
Sometimes relationship difficulties can become overwhelming and the opportunity to discuss private matters in a confidential environment can be very helpful either alone or with your partner. Therapy can help you see things more clearly and through understanding, listening and communication skills allow both parties to make decisions for an outcome that is beneficial to the relationship.