Talking Therapy May Be a More Effective Treatment…

Antidepressant Prescriptions Soar…

Psychotherapy and/or Prescription Medicines..?

Talking Therapy or Prescriptions: The number of antidepressant prescriptions in the UK has risen to an incredible 50 million per year. The rise in prescribing medication for depression can be seen as a strong indicator that people are now recognising -without stigma –  the need for help with their depression. It’s also becoming evident that people see that medication for depression works. For GP’s,  medication is a relatively cheap way of offering help to a patient struggling with depression or anxiety.

While undoubtedly antidepressants work and serve a good purpose for many people, it is questionable whether they are always the best form of treatment for depression. Antidepressants are very good at quickly alleviating overwhelming feelings, but the medication does  not tackle the underlying causes of the psychological difficulty. It is, perhaps, easy for people to become reliant on medication for depression and stay medicated for years, with out ever really tackling the underlying causes of the depression.  Dependence on antidepressants is now commonplace – where the fear of reducing the dose and stopping the medication all together, becomes problematic.

Talking Therapy

At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, we believe that medication can be very useful when treating patients for depression – particularly when function is severely impaired -so when a patient struggles to get out of bed, or becomes very isolated or has suicidal thoughts – but we recommend that patients on antidepressants are also in weekly psychotherapy or counselling.  Psychotherapy and counselling helps people,  suffering with depression, understand and resolve the underlying causes of the difficulty. Greater awareness and understanding of the causes of depression help the individual move through the difficulty.  At the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice it is our aim to support patients through their depression and help them to become self reliant and free from the need to medicate their depression.

Please see our page on psychotherapy & the benefits of talking therapy

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  1. Expressive therapy is any form of therapy that utilizes artistic expression as its core means of treating clients. Expressive therapists use the different disciplines of the creative arts as therapeutic interventions. This includes the modalities dance therapy , drama therapy , art therapy , music therapy , writing therapy , among others. Expressive therapists believe that often the most effective way of treating a client is through the expression of imagination in a creative work and integrating and processing what issues are raised in the act. Also known as post-structuralist or constructivist . Narrative therapy gives attention to each person’s “dominant story” by means of therapeutic conversations, which also may involve exploring unhelpful ideas and how they came to prominence. Possible social and cultural influences may be explored if the client deems it helpful. Coherence therapy posits multiple levels of mental constructs that create symptoms as a way to strive for self-protection or self-realization. Feminist therapy does not accept that there is one single or correct way of looking at reality and therefore is considered a postmodernist approach.

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