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Clinical Depression

Clinical depression is more than just a passing mood and it cannot be wished or willed away. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

With the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.

Symptoms of clinical depression

Those suffering with clinical depression can display psychological symptoms as well as physical and social symptoms.

Psychological symptoms may include:

  • Low mood or sadness
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Having no motivation or interest in things
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Moving or speaking more slowly than usual
  • Change in appetite
  • Change to libido
  • Disturbed sleep

Social symptoms include:

  • Neglecting your interests and hobbies
  • Avoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities

Who is at risk?

There's no single reason why people suffer with clinical depression and it can affect anyone at any time.  However, research has identified several factors associated with an increased risk for depression:

  • Family history
  • Early childhood trauma
  • Negative life events
  • Alcoholism
  • Residence
  • Marital status
  • Work status
  • Physical illness


Many patients require individual sessions with a mental health specialist. Dr de Silva would conduct a comprehensive assessment and explain her conclusions to you .She would discuss the treatment options taking into consideration your views and what she considers the optimum treatment for you. Treatment would generally include medication, or individual therapy or both. You would be reviewed regularly by Dr de Silva to monitor your progress.

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Contact us now to see how Dr de Silva and her team can help with clinical depression or call us for free confidential advice on 0207 1298 114

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