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Sadness is something that we all experience at some point in our lives. It is a normal reaction to difficult times and usually passes over a short period of time. However, if the feeling of sadness is interfering with your daily life and shows no sign of going away, it might be that this sadness is depression.

At Priory, we offer comprehensive depression treatment programmes, specifically tailored to the individual needs, experiences and medical history of each patient. Nobody is immune to depression and although you might find it hard to believe now, seeking the right support can help you to tackle your depressive illness and achieve positive mental wellbeing again.

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder which can affect how you feel, think and behave. It can also lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

What causes depression?

This mental health condition can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Life events
  • Childhood experiences
  • Physical health problems
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Stress
  • Diet

What are the symptoms of depression?

You may be suffering from depression if you are experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms:

  • A lack of positivity and reduced energy leading to fatigue and tiredness
  • Increased irritability
  • Lack of interest and pleasure in everyday life
  • A sense of hopelessness
  • Sleeping issues such as insomnia
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Significantly lower mood, crying often, feeling angry, lack of trust and unable to be positive are common symptoms
  • Negative thoughts regarding family, friends, and sometimes life in general
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Retreating from social situations

Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. The severity and frequency of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness.

Dr Niall Campbell, Psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital Roehampton in London says of this condition: “Depression is treatable – once you recognise that there is a problem, something can be done about it”.

Treatment for depression

It is important to know that anyone can experience depression, and most people who do, need treatment to get better. At Priory, we provide a range of treatments for depression including:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

We recommend this form of therapy to treat depression as it allows you to become more aware and better understand dysfunctional thought patterns, which can lead to your negative emotions. It is also a time efficient treatment, which makes planning it into your day to day life a lot easier.


Research and our experience shows that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination of a good psychotherapist along with medication.

Priory offers a Free Telephone Consultation, for further information call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.

A sense of wellbeing

“For us to function in our day to day lives; to have a sense of wellbeing; to maintain our relationships; to be able to work in our working environment, we need to be in good mental health”

Dr Saeed Islam, Priory's Middle East Medical Director