Leading private depression treatment in London

We all get days when we feel unhappy or ‘down’, people who experience clinical depression find that they struggle every day to undertake daily living tasks and become isolated. Some people experiencing depression say they have lost their confidence and self-esteem. That they are embarrassed and worry about being seen as weak. We will assist you to increase your self-worth and reconnect with yourself, others and your community.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to specialised private mental health treatment in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call our caring team direct on +44 20 4571 6312 or email us today.

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Despite the national campaigns for raising mental health awareness and encouraging people to take ‘Time to Talk’; a significant number of people are struggling with depression on a daily basis. Do you feel burdened by all your responsibilities, feel you cannot cope and find you cannot sleep at night? These are signs that you may be depressed. ‘I’m depressed’. ‘I suffer from depression.’ ‘I can’t deal with life’. ‘I’m not worth it’. ‘I can’t go on!’. Have you ever found yourself saying something on these lines? Do you know someone who says these sorts of things? Sometimes, we don’t hear these pleas for help because people feel unable to share what they are truly thinking and feeling.

Have you ever shared your feelings and found that nobody heard you? People don’t always know how to listen, to find out what is really going on for you. We are here to listen and to help you find positivity in your life again.

What is depression?

Depression is different from common mood changes and temporary emotional reactions to problems in daily life. It's important to differentiate between feeling depressed in mood and depression as a disorder. Everyone feels a low mood from time to time, but it can only be diagnosed as a clinical depressive disorder when it becomes chronic and has a noticeable impact on functionality in daily life. Depression may develop into a significant medical illness, especially if it is recurring and of moderate to a severe degree. The affected person may experience severe suffering and perform poorly at work, in school, and in the family.

Depression becomes an illness when it controls your life. Clinical depression presents as a mental health disorder classified as a “mood disorder”, which manifests as feelings of intense low mood, hopelessness, worthlessness and a marked decrease in motivation and enjoyment in activities. The physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms are all associated with depression, but to have a depressive disorder, you do not need to feel all. They are merely indicative of what someone with depression may be experiencing.

At its very worst, depression can result in suicide. Every year, around 700,000 individuals die by suicide. Suicide is the fourth most common cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.

What causes depression?

Depression can affect anyone and there isn't a 'one size fits all' reason for why depression occurs. Depression is the result of a complex interplay of social, psychological, and biological variables though it is more prone to present in those who have experienced severe circumstances, such as unemployment or bereavement or other traumatic events.

There's also a connection between physical health and depression. For instance, depression can result from cardiovascular illness, and vice versa.

Whilst there isn't always an obvious reason why someone develops depression, there are certain risk factors which can increase vulnerability to developing a depressive disorder:

  • Genetic component: family history of depression or other mental illness
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Giving birth (postnatal depression)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Traumatic childhood experiences
  • Abuse
  • Chronic stress
  • Trauma
  • Chronic illness
  • Upsetting or stressful life event(s)
  • Loneliness loss of role, job, status, money, relationship, etc.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to specialised private mental health treatment in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call our caring team direct on +44 20 4571 6312 or email us today.

Symptoms of depression

Everyone has occasional feelings of depression, but they often only last a few days and disappear on their own. Depression is unique. It interferes with your regular activities and makes it tougher to engage in the activities you like. A depressive episode lasts at least two weeks and is characterised by a depressed mood (sad, irritated, or empty feelings) or a lack of enjoyment or interest in activities for the majority of each day. Other signs may include difficulty concentrating, feelings of overwhelming guilt or low self-worth, a lack of hope for the future, suicidal or death thoughts, disturbed sleep, changes in food, and feeling particularly exhausted or low on energy.

Physical symptoms of depression typically present as:

  • Medically unexplainable pain or headaches
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Lack of libido
  • Menstrual cycle changes

There are many symptoms of depression, however you might not experience them all. They vary from person to person in terms of intensity and duration.

Signs of depression: behavioural symptoms

  • Social isolation
  • Decreased standard of personal hygiene
  • Changes to appetite
  • Changes to sleeping pattern
  • Self-harm Irritability
  • Difficulties in decision-making
  • Slow movement and speech
  • Neglecting hobbies

Signs of depression: emotional symptoms

  • Intense low mood
  • Anxiety or worry
  • Negative views of self, future and world
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities
  • Frustration
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Sadness
  • Suicidal ideation

Are you experiencing depression?

The symptoms mentioned above can be an indication that you have depression. But only an experienced doctor or therapist can make a diagnosis after an extensive interview with you. After you’ve provided an unprompted account of your symptoms, we’ll clarify whether you have depression and the type of depression using validated assessment tools. Physical health care investigations may be recommended to rule out any physical health conditions that may be causing or contributing to your low mood.

At our leading mental health clinic in London, a comprehensive assessment is carried out to ascertain your needs and treatment goals. We will listen to your story and recognise how your low mood started. Often a trigger such as trauma, bereavement, a relationship breakdown or a life change can mark the start of a depressive episode. However, you may be predisposed to depression and associated anxiety for many reasons. We will explore the possible underlying issues which shape your response to trauma and stress, so we can form a diagnosis.

If you are experiencing an ongoing depressive period, please don't suffer in silence. Avoid attempting to tough it out alone if you feel like you are becoming depressed. We offer a variety of outcome-based treatments and therapies for depression at our clinic in West London.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to specialised private mental health treatment in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call our caring team direct on +44 20 4571 6312 or email us today.

Treatment for depression

We provide specialised treatment for depression at our leading mental health clinic in London

Self-help techniques, talking therapies, and medications are frequently used in the treatment of depression. Your specific type of depression will determine the recommended course of treatment.

Typical treatments for depression include:

  • Medication
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Psychotherapeutic group sessions

  • A combination of some or all the above

We offer an intensive treatment programme for adults with common anxiety & mood disorders, including depression. Learn more about the programme today.

Therapies for treating depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to help you challenge and restructure unhelpful thinking styles that you experience about yourself, others and the world. As well as looking at the behaviours you are engaging in that may be unhelpful.

Schema therapy helps you understand the underlying emotional patterns that keep you stuck in a current or repeated depression.

Through psychotherapy, we work together with you to develop starting points for positive changes in your life.

Therapy elements include:

  • Creating positive and enjoyable activities and experiences
  • Changing distorted, predominantly negative or pessimistic thought patterns
  • Practising social skills for better relationships with other people
  • (Re)building social contacts
  • Creating strategies for solving problems
  • Sport therapy and physiotherapeutic measures
  • Mindfulness training

Psychotherapeutic group sessions

At Schoen Clinic, there are numerous psychotherapeutic group sessions available – your therapist will select the groups suitable for you as part of your personal therapy plan.

  • Coping with depression group: Here you will learn how depression affects you as a person as well as your interpersonal relationships. The group facilitator will encourage participants to explore their thoughts and feelings and the issues they feel troubled with. These supportive groups help you to become more self-aware and enable you to try out skills in a safe environment.
  • Mindfulness therapy: Sometimes people experiencing depression will also experience worry and anxiety. Mindfulness not only helps you focus on the now and remind you of the simpler more natural things in life but also help you refocus away from negative and intrusive thoughts.

Treating depression with medication

For moderate and severe depression, supportive medicinal treatment with antidepressants is often helpful. Our specialist Consultant Psychiatrist can review your medication and monitor the efficacy of your treatment. Antidepressant medication can provide you with help for your physical symptoms and mood. Sometimes medication doesn’t seem to work, it can take some time to take effect.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to specialised private mental health treatment in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call our caring team direct on +44 20 4571 6312 or email us today.


Intensive treatment programme for adults with anxiety & mood disorders

At our renowned London mental health clinic, we provide highly specialised help, support and treatment for common mental health disorders.

Adults suffering from disorders like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), stress, low mood, emotional trauma, low self-esteem, or bipolar disorder can access a variety of therapeutic treatments through our specialised intensive treatment programme.

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Why choose Schoen Clinic Chelsea for your private depression treatment?

Schoen Clinic Chelsea is one of the leading mental health clinics in London. Part of an international hospital group treating 300,000 patients each year, we've been helping people recover from mental health problems for over 35 years.

Our leading London depression specialists work with you to identify how depression affects you and find the best treatment options available to you. This may be on a group or 1-1 basis dependent on your needs. At our mental health clinic in London, we follow evidence-based practice and NICE Guidelines and will also find out whether you feel safe or whether there are associated risks which require us to develop a safety plan with you.

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea we provide a very comprehensive and holistic range of interventions and support. This means we are able to find the necessary support and mechanisms for your personal recovery.

Get in touch with the team today.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to specialised private mental health treatment in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call our caring team direct on +44 20 4571 6312 or email us today.

Depression Frequently asked questions

Depression FAQs

Depression can have many different causes. It has several triggers and a wide range of potential causes.

A traumatic or stressful life event, such as a death in the family, a divorce, a sickness, a layoff, or concerns about one's career or finances, may be the culprit for some people.

Depression frequently results from a combination of many reasons.

Clinical depression that is left untreated is a major issue. Depression that is not addressed increases the likelihood of dangerous behaviours like drug or alcohol addiction. Additionally, it can damage relationships, lead to issues at work, and make it challenging to recover from catastrophic diseases.

Clinical depression left untreated can also lead to suicide. If you are having suicidal thoughts please seek immediate help.

  • Personal conflict or disagreements with family or friends might cause depression.
  • Abuse: Past instances of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse may also contribute.
  • Even positive life events, such as relocating or graduating, can cause depression.

To be diagnosed with clinical depression, an individual must have five depressive symptoms virtually every day for at least two weeks in order to be diagnosed with depression. A low mood or a lack of interest in or enjoyment from practically all activities must be one of the symptoms.

You could become disinterested in routine everyday tasks, experience hopelessness, be unproductive, have poor self-esteem, and feel insufficient all around.

Your relationships, studies, employment, and daily activities may be greatly hampered by these symptoms, which last for years.

Although depression often first presents in one's late 20s or early 30s, depression may also strike children, adolescents, and even the elderly.

(Aging is frequently accompanied by illnesses and other pressures that have been associated with depression.)

If depression isn't addressed, it frequently grows worse, leading to emotional, behavioural, and physiological issues that have an impact on every aspect of your life.

Examples of depression-related problems include:

  • Obesity or being overweight, which can cause diabetes and heart problems.
  • Pain or physical illness.

The majority of depressed persons find relief from their symptoms with medication and counselling. Medication might be prescribed by your primary care physician or psychiatrist to treat symptoms. However, consulting a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health experts can also be beneficial for many depressed people.

Our leading London private depression specialists

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