Depression is very common, and research shows that one in five people experiences depression at least once in their lifetime. Triggers can vary from day to day stresses, loss, or experiences of traumatic events in life. Many people experience such events; however, not everyone will experience persistent depressive symptoms. Depression persists because we become stuck in the things that maintain it, such as unhelpful ways of thinking and unhelpful behavioural responses.
Through psychological therapy we explore how our automatic reactions maintain emotional distress. The focus of therapy is on to maximise the individuals strengths and utilize them to break unhelpful patterns.
Often people with neurological conditions experience symptoms of depression, as a result of the condition-related symptoms. Also, often people with an autism spectrum disorder and ADHD suffer from depression, as a result of the emotional and social difficulties related to their condition. We believe that psychological therapy needs to be adapted to the individual experiences, needs, and neurological function in order to be effective and meaningful for the individual. Adapted therapy seeks to understand how the person makes sense of their condition and how the persons strengths can be used in order to manage effectively the emotional distress.