Depressive Disorders

The common feature of these disorders is the presence of sad, empty, or irritable mood, accompanied by somatic and cognitive changes that significantly affect the individual’s capacity to function.  There are different types of depressive presentations including:

  • Major Depressive Disorder which is characterised by low mood and loss if interest in usual activities as well as other symptoms, for most days over a 2 week period. This can be described as melancholic, psychotic, antenatal and postnatal depression,
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder in which symptoms of dysthymia are similar to those of major depression but are less severe,
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that has a seasonal pattern, and
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder in which symptoms occur repeatedly during the pre-menstrual phase of the cycle.  

The evidence based treatments for managing depressive disorder include both medical and psychological treatments.  Firstly, anti-depressant medication prescribed by your psychiatrist, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are medical treatments that are offered at PRPH.  As well as psychological treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Behaviour Therapy.  

There are a number of PRPH Day Programs suitable for depressive disorders including Schema Therapy Day Program, Positive Psychology Day Program, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Day Program, Living Well Day Program, Moving Towards Wellness Day Program and Diversional Therapy Day Program. Click here to see our group based therapy.

 

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