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Everyone experiences ups and downs, but people with depression feel persistently sad for longer periods, rather than just a few days. It is a real mental illness that affects how people think, feel and behave and can lead to significant emotional and physical problems. But with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.
Depression can be successfully treated – the first step is getting an assessment. We can help with both, face-to-face or online.
1 in 5 adults will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives - differing from normal sadness in terms of severity of emotions felt. There are several types of depression that can affect people.
Learn more about the difference between depression and sadness.
Read about the different types of depression – the first step to getting the most effective treatment.
Symptoms of depression will vary between individuals – making it hard to know if it is depression, or something else, that you are suffering with.
Treatment resistant depression is where the symptoms of depression do not fully improve following treatment or symptoms improve but keep returning.
Approximately 1 in 7 women suffer from postnatal depression which has all the usual symptoms of major depression, along with often feeling indifference towards the baby.
For some people the changing seasons can have a serious effect on their mood and mental health.
Medication can be highly effective at helping reduce the severity of their depression, protecting against relapse and enabling recovery. Find out if medication is right for you.
Read about the different types of antidepressants and their common side effects here.
Studies have shown that recovery from depression is significantly enhanced if the individual has therapy or psychology as well, or instead of, medication.
The depression test is an easy and anonymous way of finding out if the symptoms you are struggling with, and how you are feeling is a result of depression. Your results may indicate whether you might benefit from treatment from one of our experienced, senior psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists.Take a 5 minute test
You don’t need a GP referral to book a diagnosis
Appointments usually available within a few days, nationwide
Qualified and friendly triage team to help you find the right option
Every year we help thousands of people, just like you, to find expert, Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who have many years’ experience in diagnosing and treating depression.
I was seen very quickly, following a conversation with someone in the triage team who really took the time to understand what my concerns were. I wasn’t sure about getting a diagnosis, but the appointment with the Psychiatrist was excellent, very thorough and I have been amazed at level of care taken by the clinician to understand me. The comprehensive report which followed, has been incredibly useful and I now feel more confident about going forward.
I was surprised how easy it was to get hold of someone to talk to about appointments, and changes to my condition – every time I have rung I have spoken to someone who understands Bipolar. Everybody I’ve spoken with has been very friendly, certainly non-judgemental and made me feel at ease. My appointment was very thorough, I was quickly able to talk about everything I needed to
I have struggled on and off with depression most of my life. My GP has prescribed antidepressants and a short course of CBT, but they haven’t really helped. I was a bit nervous about paying privately, but it was well worth it. I saw a Psychiatrist who obviously really understands depression and actually changed my diagnosis. Now I know what I am dealing with, I can find a treatment that will work. Thank you.
Just to say thank you for the whole team for helping me, it’s been great to finally get a proper treatment plan in place, I don’t know why I delayed doing this for so long. The whole process was really clear and the triage team were really nice to me on the phone, always polite. I have had six sessions of therapy so far and it seems to be making a difference already!
The ADHD assessment was very thorough, I felt like no stone was left unturned. It was a surprise to me to learn that I also have depression, which helps explain some of how I have been feeling. Now I have a proper medication plan in place I feel much better, the Dr. explained the whole thing to me and I am looking forward to things settling down.
8% of the adult population suffer with anxiety and depression
The Independent Mental Health Taskforce