Co-occurring depression treatment in Southampton
Depression is a serious mental health condition that is characterised by persistent and chronic feelings of sadness and despair, which can have a hugely detrimental impact on an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Whilst it is normal for us all to feel sad or upset on occasions, those who suffer from depression experience such devastating low moods that there are incapable of functioning effectively on a daily basis.
At Manor Clinic, we offer depression treatment in Southampton in conjunction with addiction treatment. Our experts have a wealth of experience in treating the symptoms of co-occurring depression and our approach to treatment ensures that your unique concerns are addressed, thus resulting in the best possible outcomes for you as an individual.
I think I need treatment for co-occurring depression. How can Manor Clinic help me?
At Manor Clinic in Hampshire, we recognise that depression can have a profoundly negative impact on an individual’s ability to fully participate in a healthy and productive life and if it is left untreated, it can result in a range of long-term problems. In addition, without proper professional help, people who are struggling with depression may turn to alcohol or drug abuse in a misguided attempt to self-medicate or numb themselves to the psychological distress that is associated with this serious mental health condition.
Although seeking help for your depression may seem like a daunting prospect, it is the most important step to take in order to tackle your depressive illness and achieve positive mental wellbeing again. Our highly experienced specialists at Manor Clinic are committed to delivering expert treatment for your addiction and co-occurring depression, enabling you to tackle your symptoms, identify the underlying triggers for your unhealthy behaviours and thoughts, learn effective coping mechanisms for the future, and take steps towards recovery and wellbeing.
Treatment for co-occurring depression at Manor Clinic
Treatment for co-occurring depression at Manor Clinic takes place as part of our broader Addiction Treatment Programme. Typically, this includes a 28-day residential stay at our clinic in Southampton and consists of:
- Group therapy for depression – group therapy is a highly effective and collaborative therapeutic approach, used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression. At Manor Clinic, this type of therapy takes place in a wider group of patients and is facilitated by a member of our expert treatment team. All group members will have a primary addiction diagnosis, and some may also be experiencing co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and, of course, depression, alongside their substance misuse or compulsive behaviours. Group therapy provides you with the chance to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and compassionate environment, and receive mutual support from other individuals who have similar experiences to you
- Medication for depression – medication is often used alongside group therapy in the treatment of depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a type of antidepressant medication, are commonly prescribed in the treatment of depression and are used to complement the therapeutic elements of your treatment and serve as an additional buffer against your depression symptoms. Your suitability to take antidepressants whilst at Manor Clinic will be thoroughly assessed in conjunction with your addiction diagnosis
What are the most common signs and symptoms of depression?
Depression is associated with a whole host of symptoms, which can vary from person to person and also according to the type of depression that you are struggling with. However, some of the most common symptoms of depression to look out for include:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness, despair and hopelessness
- Becoming uninterested in activities, hobbies and responsibilities that were once important to you
- Irritability and angry outbursts
For more detailed information on the signs and symptoms of depression, please visit our depression symptoms page.
What are the different types of depression?
There are several different types of depression, which vary depending on the symptoms that they cause and the impact that they can have on your quality of life. These include:
- Severe depression – you may have severe depression if you find that you have lost the capacity to experience joy, no longer find pleasure in things that you once enjoyed, and experience significant fatigue following minimal exertion. Those experiencing severe depression struggle to engage in everyday tasks and to look after themselves properly. Symptoms can be severe enough to make working difficult, if not impossible, and people can often experience profound feelings of hopelessness. Appetite can disappear, causing weight fluctuations, and in extreme cases, the normal drives to eat and drink are lost. In addition, the combination of intense distress and feelings of worthlessness in severe depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and impulses
- Mild/moderate depression – mild/moderate depression consists of symptoms that are similar to those associated with severe depression but these are likely to be less extreme. Most depression can be classified as ‘mild’ or ‘moderate’ but it is important to recognise that this does not mean that this type of depression is ‘insignificant’. If you have mild/moderate depression you may experience small improvements in your symptoms from one day to the next, but on the whole, your daily functioning continues to be impaired
- Bipolar depression – this specific form of depression is experienced by people who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Bipolar depression has symptoms similar to that of severe depression, but is also accompanied by cyclical episodes of hyperactivity, grandiose thinking, elation and euphoria, as well as periods of very low mood
- Recurrent depressive disorder – you may receive a diagnosis of recurrent depressive disorder if you are experiencing repeated depressive episodes, but do not have a history of heightened energy or mood elevation that would be suggestive of bipolar depression
- Dysthymia - dysthymia is characterised by experiencing long periods of low mood that can last for several years, yet the symptoms are not necessarily severe enough to significantly impact on your daily functioning
Causes of depression
Like many mental health conditions, research has demonstrated that there isn’t a single, definitive cause for depression, but rather, an individuals’ susceptibility to developing depression is likely to be influenced by a number of different factors. Potential causes of depression may include:
- Experiencing difficult, distressing or upsetting life events e.g. bereavement, job loss, divorce, or some form of trauma
- Having a family history of depression or other mental health conditions, particularly when this is a close family member such as a parent or sibling
- Having a personal history of other mental health conditions
- Experiencing high levels of stress
- Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect, particularly if this happened when you were very young
- Certain personality traits such as being overly self-critical or having low self-esteem
- Struggling with chronic medical problems such as cancer