Women, Depression & Psychotherapy: Numbers Double Since The 1970’s

A London Psychotherapists View On Global Depression

Scientists in Germany have just published results of a survey into mental health and have revealed that depression in women has doubled in the last forty years. According to the survey, one in seven women will suffer a depressive episode within their lifetimes – that’s double the rate of men.

The survey, published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, suggests that women in the main childbearing years of 16 – 42 are most prone to depression. This, the study leaders suggest, could be as the result of the enormous pressure women now face in juggling career, children and relationships,  with many feeling that they are failing in all areas of their lives.

Another study, undertaken at the University of Washington in the USA, has recently also concluded that women working hard at ‘having it all’ are prone to depression.

Women: Twice The Depression and Twice as Much as Men

The guilt of leaving kids in day care, or clocking off at 5pm, not devoting enough time to a partner, can be damaging and can lead to feelings of failure and, ultimately, to depression.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, in Harley Street, Central London, the psychotherapists are experienced in working with women who are struggling to ‘have it all’.  Often a course of psychotherapy or counselling can help restore clarity and find healthier ways of finding good life balance.

Recession, Depression and Psychotherapy

Job Threats can Lead to Mental Health Difficulties and the Need for Psychotherapy

According to a report by academics from Roehampton University and the charity Elizabeth Finn Care, the number of people suffering anxiety, depression and stress because of redundancies, job insecurity and pay cuts is rapidly increasing due to the recession.

The study found that reports of depression jumped by between four and five-fold as fears regarding job security increase. Among people who have lost their jobs in the last year, 71% have suffered symptoms of depression, 55% stress and 52% experienced symptoms of anxiety.

Those ranked as of middle socio-economic status were more likely to experience depression (59.8%) than those from lower (44.9%) or higher groups (46.7%). Those surveyed between the ages of 18-30 were more likely to suffer depression than any other age group.

Principal lecturer at Roehampton University, Dr Joerg Huber said, “What makes our findings worrying is the high percentage of people reporting symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. This applies even more to those who have lost their job or experienced a major loss of income.”

He goes on the say that, left untreated, depression could turn into “a vicious cycle of related disability and an inability to work”.

A separate report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the London School of Economics and the NHS Confederation’s mental health network found that demand for psychotherapy and counselling had increased because of rising levels of debt, home repossessions, unemployment and threat of redundancy.

Prof. Steve Field, chairman of The Royal College of General Practitioners has reported that some patients present to their GP’s with backache or tiredness as a way of discussing the fact that they are actually depressed or anxious.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street in London, you can talk about your concerns confidentially with a professional psychotherapist in order to work through your anxiety and find a better way to understand and manage it. 

Psychotherapy, So You Don’t Have to Cope Alone

Seeing a Psychotherapist can Help if the Stigma of Mental Health Problems Increases Isolation

The mental health charity, Mind, has reported that 17% of Britons suffer from some depression or anxiety. The World Health Organisation has estimated that by 2020 depression will become the second most important cause of disability in the world.

However, despite these revealing statistics, so many people are still reluctant to share their problems with friends or work colleagues?

Sophie Corlett, Mind’s director of external relations said “People find it very difficult to know what they are supposed to do when a friend or colleague says they have a mental health problem”. She goes on to say, “They see it as mysterious, different and requiring a specialised response but actually all people often need is a friendly face, people around them, carrying on making suggestions of things to do and being included. There is also a stigma that people with mental health problems are less capable, less interesting, less intelligent and even dangerous.”

Many sufferers may fear broaching the issue of their depression for fear of  this reaction, or judgement from people close to them and society at a whole. Although society is more accepting of mental healh issues now than at any other time, there is still a stigma attached and a fear of the label, ‘depression’, may lead sufferers to try and cope alone, feeling more and more isolated. The lack of an obvious disability may also allow sufferers to believe they can keep their issues secret.

To compound this, Corlett adds that depression or anxiety means they “have very low self-esteem, feel that no one wants to hear and that they are unlikely to get better anyway”.

Despite a more open attitude to mental health conditions, the cost of ignoring it has an effect upon both the employer and the individual employee. Andy Bell, of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, has estimated that the cost of ignoring mental distress at work is £1,000 for every employee in UK business, whilst Time to Change, a coalition of charities campaigning to end mental health discrimination, says that talking about one’s distress can help the individual keep their job.

Depression and anxiety can have many knock on effects to one’s life. Talking about problems and exploring their origins, looking at repeating thought processes and behaviour patterns with a qualified psychotherapist can help you get a grasp of what is happening, and why, enabling you to gain confidence in order to make the changes you need.

The psychotherapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on London’s Harley Street can help explore your issues with you in a confidential and non judgemental environment. 

Suicide Rates Increase as Recession Continues

A report published in the Lancet today suggests that suicide rates have risen in Europe between 5 and 17 per cent since 2007, the beginning of the recession. Researchers of the study suggested that suicide rates were decreasing before the recession and have concluded that it is the financial crisis that is to blame for the increase in number of people taking their own lives.

Earlier in the year the BBC reported that, since the recession, prescription rates for anti-depressants in the UK had risen by as much as 40% – again, a statistic  that  suggests that the stress of living with recession is taking a serious toll on the mental health of the nation. These new trends, reflecting the state of our mental health, need to be taken seriously as a public health issue. The threat of un-employment, loss of homes, business or assets are major modern day stressors and can affect all stratas of society. Finding the right kind of support for dealing with suicidal feelings or depression is not always easy. GP’s are quick to reach for the prescription pad and often have little to offer in terms of therapy or counselling. Talking to an objective therapist or counsellor can be greatly relieving at times of crisis.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street, Central London offers professional psychotherapy and counselling for those struggling with difficult and overwhelming emotional difficulties.

Psychotherapy and Employee Absence

Research Shows Psychotherapy can Help Lower Work Absence

Research has recently been undertaken using information taken from employee assistant programmes. It reveals that 52% of those surveyed said that without the help and support received from counselling and psychotherapy professionals their concerns would have caused them to miss work. The research also showed that only 17% felt that their ability to cope with their job was ‘good’ or ‘very good’ before they had counselling whilst 64%  said it was after counselling.

4213 employees from a range of businesses were questioned regarding the effects of the psychotherapy they received upon their capacity to work well and efficiently. However, it was also found that there was a knock on effect to the counselling. Those surveyed reported a positive effect upon their personal lives, with 9% saying that their personal life was ‘good’ or ‘very good’ before the psychotherapy, but with 57% saying that was the case after counselling. 

Relationships with work colleagues also improved with 23% stating that they were ‘poor’ before psychotherapy, but only 2% afterwards. 

Unconscious thoughts and feelings concerned with our lives and experiences can affect how we feel about and experience our work and relationships. Psychotherapy and counselling can help you gain a better understanding of why you may be finding life and work dissatisfying. The psychotherapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London can help guide your exploration which can lead to a better sense of well being.

Quarter Life Crisis and Psychotherapy Counselling

Psychotherapy Can Help with Those Suffering a ‘Quarter Life Crisis’

The term ‘Mid Life Crisis’ has traditionally been applied to stresses and difficulties experienced by people in their 40’s. Research now shows that young people in their 20’s to 30’s are suffering the same symptoms previously felt by those in their mid 40’s, those of insecurity, disappointment, loneliness and depression and this has come to be termed ‘Quarter Life Crisis’. Often happening soon after the person enters the ‘real world’ of work, educated professionals appear to be worst effected.

“Quarterlife crises don’t happen literally a quarter of the way through your life,” said lead researcher Dr Oliver Robinson, from the University of Greenwich in London. “They occur a quarter of your way through adulthood, in the period between 25 and 35, although they cluster around 30.”

Instead of enjoying the early years of a career or relationships, free from morgages or marriage responsibilities, sufferers find themselves struggling to cope with anxieties about jobs, unemployment, debt and relationships.

A survey undertaken on Gumtree in collaboration with this research highlighted that 86% of the 1100 young pople questioned admitted to feeling under pressure to be successful in their relationships, careers and finances before they reach 30.

In this survey, two in five were worried about money, saying they did not earn enough, and 32% felt under pressure to marry and have children by the age of 30. 6% were planning to emigrate, while 21% wanted a complete career change.

Changes in the job market, finding it hard to find a satisfying career whilst battling many other graduates in a similar situation, house prices and the difficulty in getting a morgage, pressures to maintain sucessful relationships both with friends and romanticly, debt accumulated in order to finance education and accomodation all add to feelings of insecurity and a relentless up hill struggle.

Feelings of being trapped or things being hopeless can feel overwhelming, but talking to a psychotherapist at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London about these feelings and what they mean can help you work through  them and gain a clarity and understanding, enabling you to feel more in control.

Stressed Out London Needs Psychotherapy

Londoners are the most stressed out people in Europe, figures out today confirm.

In a recent survey undertaken by the airline, EasyJet, London was found to be the most stressed out city in Europe.

1000 UK residents were asked to identify the most stressed European capital cities and the results showed that 57% put London at the top.

The reasons for this are varied but some that have been put forward in this survey are the long working hours and inclement weather. However, 40% said that the greatest cause of stress was money worries and the rising cost of living.

David Osborne, EasyJet’s Commercial General Manager for the UK, said, “London is known for working some of the longest hours in Europe but what makes London most stressed is the fact that we don’t seem able to unwind”.

“Londoners still tend to bottle up problems, and by working and playing so hard they don’t really know how to relax like people in other European cities”.

Stress however, can be triggered by many different catalysts, not just those associated with work, although the current financial climate places this reason at the top.

Anxiety regarding relationships with families, children and friends, low self esteem, one’s place in a community, identity, sexuality and health are just some of those calalysts.

Bottling up problems can often exacerbate them as the deep-set reasons behind the stress are not identified and yet the stress keeps growing. Talking to a therapist or counsellor can help unravel complicated emotions leading to a greater understanding of the underlying causes of the stress and help alleviate the symptoms.

The therapists at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in London have many years experience working with the causes of stress. They provide a short term stress clinic to identify triggers but also long term analytical therapy to explore more the deep rooted beliefs behind the stress.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice in central London offers psychotherapy in London, the most stressed out city in Europe.

Psychotherapy and Work Related Stress

Psychotherapy for Work Related Stress and Common Mental Health Problems

One person in four in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. While mental health problems are common, most are mild. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems (CMHPs) and often these are a reaction to a difficult life event, for example moving house, bereavement, or problems at work. Work related stress and mental health often go together. The symptoms of stress and common mental health problems are similar, for example, loss of appetite, fatigue and tearfulness can be symptoms of both.

However, work related stress may trigger or worsen an existing mental health problem that the person may otherwise have successfully managed without letting it affect their work. If work related stress reaches this point it becomes hard to separate one from the other. In practice, it can be hard to distinguish when ‘stress’ turns into a ‘mental health problem’ and when existing mental health problems become exaggerated by stress at work. Many of the symptoms of CMHPs are similar to those that people experience when they are under considerable pressure; the key differences are in the severity and duration of the symptoms and the impact they have on someone’s everyday life.

Stress at work is a reaction to events or experiences at work. Common mental health problems can arise through causes outside work, e.g. bereavement, divorce, postnatal depression or a family history.

Common mental health problems and stress can exist independently. For example, people can have work related stress and physical changes such as high blood pressure, without experiencing anxiety and depression. They can also have anxiety and depression without experiencing stress.

The key difference between the two is their cause and the way they are treated.

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice we offer short term stress management to look at the immediate issues that are causing you stress and anxiety. We also offer long term and in depth therapy and counselling in order to explore more deep set issues that may be preventing you from having a fulfilling life.

Psychotherapy for Psychosexual Difficulties

Psychotherapy can help with Psychosexual Difficulties

At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, therapists are experienced in working with those struggling with psychosexual issues. Psychosexual therapy looks at how emotional factors, not always apparent at a conscious level, can influence sexual performance and enjoyment as well as our sexual choices.

Psychosexual counselling or therapy helps address the underlying psychological or emotional causes of sexual difficulties. In talking to a therapist in a confidential environment, issues that may seem very difficult to talk about with lovers or friends, can be shared, explored and often resolved. Issues that the Cavendish Psychotherapists are experienced in working with include; lack of desire, fear of sexual contact, fear of sexual organs, body dysmorphia, sexual compulsion, sexual orientation and gender confusion.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is in Harley Street, Central London.

Psychotherapy for Post Natal Fathers

Fatherhood can Trigger Depression

A study carried out by the Medical Research Council (MRC) has shown that one in five men become depressed after becoming fathers. The research followed 86,957 families who received medical care between 1993 and 2007, looking at the diagnosis of their condition and the prescription of anti depressants. They found that 3% of fathers suffered from depression in the first year of their child’s life, 10% by the time it was four, 16% by the age of eight and 21% by twelve years.

These finding provide strong evidence of the existence of post natal depression in men as they struggle to juggle the lack of sleep, new responsibilities and change of identity within the family structure. The mother/baby relationship can often feel excluding to a father who may feel he is not able to intrude upon the intimacy of this new relationship.

The stress of all this juggling and the depression that the father may feel can also lead to relationship difficulties between the father and the child, which could damage the child’s wellbeing and development.

These feelings of depression due to the life changing event of becoming a father may seem overwhelming. It may be hard to talk to anyone close to you as you may feel they would not understand how you could feel down at what should be a happy time of life.  However talking about these feelings with a professional psychotherapist (such as the therapists found at The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice on Harley Street in London) can allow you to explore the meaning behind your feelings and gain an understanding so that you are better able to face the new challenges that a child will bring.