Talking or Tablets? - what works?
At this time of year, GPs report an increase in the number of people presenting with depressive and anxious symptoms and we certainly notice our therapists here at HealthSpace are busy. We are all affected by the change in the seasons and about a third of the UK population experience a noticeable change in mood in autumn.
For others, the change of the seasons merely emphasises existing feelings of hopelessness, worry or fear. The question of whether to see the GP or seek help through talking therapies can feel a difficult decision.
Chemical imbalances in the brain can create a predisposition to depression and anxiety. Medication works on rebalancing these chemicals, and can support a significant improvement in mood. Sometimes this is enough - but for some people it’s simply a short-term fix or the first step in addressing the underlying issues.
Not everyone’s mental illness is caused by chemical inbalance, and likewise not everyone with a chemical imbalance will go on to develop depression or anxiety - our learned behaviours and patterns of thinking have a significant part to play.
Counselling, and the deeper work of psychotherapy, can help whether on its own or alongside medication. It can address the root causes of how you are feeling and help you to make changes to stop negative patterns recurring in the future.
So while autumn may feel like a time to hunker down and hide, it can also be a time to shed some of those destructive thinking patterns and find new, more positive ways of looking at the world.
To take the first step in improving your mental wellbeing, contact HealthSpace and book an appointment with Heather Pashley or Ross Hoar - read here.