Assessment of the Causes of Depression and Quotes from Famous Depressives. Testing and Assessment by Psychologists In London and Throughout the UK
As experts in the assessment of depression we note that it can be caused by many things. Some people with depression are very successful depression affects people differently. Our approach to the assessment of depression is to identify the cause of their depression and to build skills so that the individual can use depression as a positive force.
What Causes Depression?
Although depression tends to run in families, some people can become depressed for no understandable reason. Depression can happen abruptly for many reasons.
Causes of Depression:
- Stress and life problems.
- Problems at work.
- Childhood difficulties.
- Domestic abuse.
- Physical illness.
- Traumatic life events.
- Grief and loss.
- Major life changes.
- Not sleeping well.
- Health problems.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Unhealthy eating.
- Using alcohol.
- Using illegal drugs.
On average more than 1 in 5 people will have depression sometime in their life.
Causes of Depression – Occupational Causes
Although having too little of the chemical called serotonin that makes people feel happy was considered to be one reason why people become depressed, the way that work is organised is considered to be a greater cause of depression. In 2011 Gallup found some 63% of people said they are “not engaged” with their job, which is defined as “sleepwalking through their workday”. Some 24% are “actively disengaged”: they hate it.Lack of control over one’s work is associated with higher levels of stress, and consequently, higher levels of depression. In summary the most important thing in treating depression is to address the situation that is causing it.
Is Depression Good for You?
Depression can bring individuals to make a healthy reassessment of their lives for the better. Some ex-sufferers from depression say that on reflection depression probably helped them to change direction for the better.
- Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John, Winston Churchill and Stephen Fry
- Writers: Tennessee Williams, Sylvia Plath, Evelyn Waugh and Ernest Hemingway
- Artists: Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, William Blake
- Performers: Caroline Ahern, Ewan McGregor, Morrissey
Life Quotes from Famous Depressed People
Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken in the past about how the depression she suffered in 2003 made her a stronger person, a year before her double-gold performance at the Olympics.
Alastair Campbell has said it was the making of him.
"Psychological unease can generate creative work, and the rebirth after depression brings a new love affair with life."
Aristotle believed depression to be of great value because of the insights it could bring. There is also an increased empathy in people who have or have had depression, he says, because they become more attuned to other people's suffering.
Many people find that psychological therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychotherapy and counselling are effective in treating their depression. Often both changes of lifestyle and psychological therapy are required to treat depression. For mild depression that does not resolve itself some individuals find antidepressants (prescribed by a GP) and psychological therapy most successful. For major depression, both psychological therapy and antidepressants are typically used together. Reading a self-help book or joining a support group are also worthwhile. They can help you gain a better understanding about what causes you to feel depressed. Sharing your experiences with others in a similar situation can also be very supportive.Keeping active often helps depression as activity releases the natural hormones in your body that make you feel happy. Other changes such as getting enough sleep can help, as well as eating a healthy diet. Meditation and self-help books are also useful.If you think you might have depression you should speak to your GP first. As your GP to complete an NHS depression test. Advanced Assessments is not an emergency service but a private practice so if you think that you might be at risk of harming yourself and your GP is not available contact your local Accident and Emergency Department.
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