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What is depression?

Depression is a serious psychiatric condition that is characterised by acute and overwhelming feelings of sadness. Whilst everyone can feel sad from time-to-time, there are some individuals who experience such devastating low moods that it impairs their physical, mental and emotional health, as well as their ability to function on a day-to-day basis.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, we understand that it can be very difficult to cope with depression, and many people struggle to seek the help that they need due to the pervasive feelings of hopelessness that are associated with this condition. Our team of psychologists and psychiatrists possess extensive experience in treating depression. Our individually tailored depression treatment programme ensures that your unique symptoms and triggers are taken into consideration during treatment, thus fostering the best possible outcomes for you as an individual.

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

The signs and symptoms of depression can vary according to the type of depression that you are suffering from, as well as from person to person. Symptoms may include:

Psychological symptoms:

  • Intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  • Tearfulness
  • Insomnia
  • Indecisiveness
  • Poor judgement
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Flat affect (reduced emotional reactivity)
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Decline in school or work performance
  • Inability to manage day-to-day tasks
  • Substance abuse

Physical symptoms:

  • Changes in appetite resulting in weight fluctuations
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Psychomotor retardation (slowing of movements)
  • Psychomotor agitation (being restless or unable to sit still)
  • Lack of interest in physical appearance or personal hygiene 

Treatment for depression

Seeking help for your depression is the most important step to take in order to receive tried and tested treatment and return to a healthier and more positive way of life. At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, our dedicated team of psychiatrists and psychologists are highly experienced in the treatment of depression, enabling you to develop lifelong coping strategies. Treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - a form of psychotherapy that encourages you to identify dysfunctional thought patterns before equipping you with the skills to challenge these irrational beliefs
  • Medication - anti-depressant medication is often used alongside CBT to complement the psychotherapy, and serve as an additional barrier against the symptoms of depression.

What causes depression?

Research suggests that this psychiatric condition may be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Experiencing distressing life events
  • Experiencing traumatic events during childhood
  • Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect
  • Having a family history of depression or other psychiatric problems
  • Personal history of other mental health conditions
  • Substance abuse
  • Suffering from chronic medical conditions such as cancer

What are different types of depression?

There are several different types of depression, each with their own unique symptoms. These include:

  • Severe depression – characterised by profound feelings of hopelessness, losing the capacity to experience joy, no longer finding pleasure in things that you once enjoyed, an inability to function on a day-to-day basis and even experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • Severe depression with psychotic symptoms – characterised by experiencing the symptoms of severe depression alongside psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that aren’t real) and/or delusions (irrational beliefs)
  • Mild/moderate depression – characterised by symptoms that are similar to severe depression, but with these being less extreme
  • Dysthymia - characterised by prolonged low mood that can last for several years, but isn’t severe enough to impact on daily functioning
  • Bipolar depression - experienced by people who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder; characterised by symptoms similar to severe depression whilst also being accompanied by episodes of hyperactivity and euphoria
  • Recurrent depression – characterised by repeated depressive episodes, but with no indication of bipolar depression

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