Millions more offered pills by GP’s to fight depression, as NHS waiting lists for psychotherapy or counselling for depression can exceed a year

Anti-depressants and sleeping pill prescriptions have surged in the past three years with millions now relying on medication to keep stress and depression under control. More than 43 million prescriptions for drugs to control depression were dispensed in England in the year to the end of March, according to figures published today.  While medication is certainly helpful for depression,  pills do not tackle the underlying causes of depression, leaving millions dependent on their prescriptions. Psychotherapy and counselling for depression can be enormously beneficial and the NHS is encouraging doctors to consider other treatments for patients before prescribing pills. Waiting lists for NHS talking therapies, however, are long – some having to wait up to a year before seeing a counsellor or therapist for treatment for depression.

The rise in the number of people seeking help for depression maybe in part due to the recession and economic uncertainty. It may also be about people’s ability to identify their difficulties – people today may have a greater understanding of their mental health and have a desire to talk about their struggle and look for help.

At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, the psychotherapists and counsellors work with people who suffer with depression and related symptoms such as stress, insomnia, anxiety and helplessness. Counselling and psychotherapy for depression can get to the root cause of the issues underlying the condition. Talking to a psychotherapist or counsellor can help relieve symptoms, gain clarity and find a healthy way forward. At The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice the psychotherapist/counsellors work closely with GP’s within their practice, and believe that medication, in combination with psychotherapy or counselling, can often be very helpful.

The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is at 121 Harley Street, Central London. Call 02073713940 for an appointment or email