There are a number of different treatments available for clinical depression. Since depression can be such a complex condition, different interventions may work for different people, and often, a combination is appropriate.
At The London Psychiatry Centre, we take an integrated approach to your recovery, assessing every patient as a complex individual in their own right.
Here at The London Psychiatry Centre, our wide variety of in-house experts enables us as a clinic to take an integrated approach to your treatment. Along with medication, psychotherapy or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), we can also provide personal training and nutritional planning wherever appropriate. No two people are the same, so here at The London Psychiatry Centre, no two treatment plans are exactly the same. Tailored care that fits you – that is our philosophy.
There are different ‘families’ of antidepressants. In recent years, ‘selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors’ (SSRIs) have become widely used. These drugs work to help keep serotonin in your system for longer, regulating the ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain. Many patients report favourable results with these medications, but a significant proportion show no significant response. Still others are unable to tolerate the side effects that often accompany
them, such as sexual dysfunction, stomach problems, disturbed sleep and so on. In any case, antidepressant medications are shown to work better long-term in conjunction with psychotherapy than as a sole solution.
Psychotherapy (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
There are a number of different approaches to ‘talking therapies’ and here at The London Psychiatry we cover a variety of approaches to address the individual needs of our patients. As one of the leading centres in the UK, we particularly favour approaches with strong evidences bases, such as cognitive behavioural therapy; but we do also work with a number of other disciplines as appropriate. Our specialists are experts in their fields, and when you come to us for assessment we will talk with you in depth, to help determine which approach is best for you.
In any case, all talking therapies are concerned with uncovering and identifying unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns, releasing negative feelings, and developing new, positive strategies for dealing with life’s challenges. Other approaches to tackling depression, such as treatment with medication, tend to fare better when combined with some element of talking therapy. Conversely, talking therapies often tend to have higher rates of recovery when combined with medication.
However, there are still a significant proportion of sufferers who do not respond to either medication or psychotherapy. For those persons, and people who choose not to take those routes, The London Psychiatry Centre is now able to offer rTMS. A highly effective, leading-edge treatment for depression, rTMS offers a solution without the side effects associated with medications.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
rTMS is a pioneering treatment, proven in extensive research and many thousands of patient cases to be a safe and highly effective intervention to beat depression. It works with your body’s own natural resources through the use of magnetic energy to stimulate the brain, improving brain chemistry and helping you to feel more balanced and positive.
Depression treatment with rTMS is non-invasive, highly-effective and provides long-lasting results. It comes without the many side effects often linked to medication, such as stomach problems, disturbed sleep, exhaustion or even heart problems. For many patients who have found antidepressants to offer insufficient relief, rTMS has made the difference.
On par with the world-famous Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins and Harvard’s McLean Hospital in the US, The London Psychiatry Centre was the first clinic in Britain able to offer the treatment. To find out more about this leading-edge solution for depression, visit our rTMS page.
Important complementary components: Exercise and Nutrition
Studies on both sides of the Atlantic have shown the value of regular exercise and smart nutrition in helping to tackle depression.
When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, helping to stabilise energy levels, relieve anxiety and improve mood. In a similar vein, science has shown certain foods to be good for the brain; sometimes informally referred to as ‘brain foods’. Other foods contain a lot of synthetic chemicals or sugars, causing spikes in glucose levels, which can have a negative effect on energy levels and our brain’s ability to regulate mood. Combining the right foods, at the right times of the day, can help to create balance.