Psychotherapy for depression and anxiety

We offer psychotherapy for depression and anxiety because, as part of being human, some people are more likely to get bouts of anxiety attacks as well as depression. Some of these may be explained by genetics whereby the patient has a history of such conditions in their family, thereby predisposing them to also being affected. Other times, anxiety may be triggered by situations or events that are not within the control of an individual. Further, a terminal illness, or even the death of a close family member or friend can cause people moments of high anxiety that most often leads to depression.

Treatment of Anxiety & Depression

Though prescription medications are the quickest method available (ketamine is not a prescription medication) for the treatment of anxiety and depression, they often have several side effects as a result of their use. For one, patients are at risk of easily becoming dependant on sedatives and tranquillisers, some of which include Benzodiazepines ; patients seek the calming effects that these drugs produce. Other medications such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), though they may not be habit forming in nature, may cause a variety of side effects such as upset stomach, insomnia, weight gain and diminished sexual appetite. As such, though these drugs, if they are used correctly, may help patients when dealing with their anxiety disorders and depression, experts within the field agree that long-term improvement is best achieved by combining pharmaceuticals with psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy and counselling for depression, anxiety and trauma

Save Minds offers two major types of psychotherapy and counselling for depression, anxiety and trauma, that is, behavioural and cognitive therapy. These approaches involve a form of re-education of the mind of the patient, and as such, are often used together to treat all six anxiety orders:

– Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD);
– Panic disorder (PD);
– Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD);
– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
– Social anxiety disorder/ social phobia; and
– Specific phobias, including the fear of confined spaces (claustrophobia) or the fear of the outdoors (agoraphobia).