• Question: have you ever had to deal with someone who had depression

    Asked by random :) to Psychiatry Ward Team, Neel - Psychiatrist, Home Treatment Team, Early Intervention Team, Ed - Mental Health Nurse, Arts Therapy Team on 30 Jan 2019.
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      Arts Therapy Team answered on 30 Jan 2019:

      Richard: Yes, however there are so many different kinds of depression and to some extent it is normal to have a depressive response when something difficult or painful happens, part of what we therapists do is to understand the context of the depression, for example what’s behind/underneath or indeed the story behind the depression, (it could have many different layers that explain how people develop certain beliefs and expectations they have about themselves which they feel they haven’t lived up to or have disappointed loved ones for example) Some depressions can be very serious and life threatening (someone might feel suicidal ) and in such instances medication can be prescribed as well as talking therapy like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the person might also spend some time in hospital.


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      Sheffield Psychiatry Ward Team answered on 30 Jan 2019:

      Emma here 🙂

      Yes, we see depression quite often. Usually, by the time someone is on a psychiatry ward, their depression is quite severe. They might have tried to hurt/kill themselves, or be having thoughts of doing so and need some intensive treatment and support to get them through. We usually would offer medication, as well as talking therapy in the longer term.

      Depression is common and under-reported, people often keep how they are feeling to themselves because of the stigma of mental illness, or being worried they will be seen as ‘weak’. One day I hope depression is treated with the same seriousness as some physical illnesses, because it can really impact people’s lives.

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      Ed Freshwater answered on 5 Feb 2019:

      All the time – it’s really common. Most important thing to do is talk about it with someone you can trust.