Co-occurring Depression Treatment in Woking

At Life Works, we understand that the symptoms associated with depression can be debilitating and often prevent many people from seeking the help that they need. Our Life Works specialists possess unrivalled clinical experience in the treatment of depression.

Our bespoke treatment plans ensure that each and every one of our clients benefit from a personalised treatment journey, in order to guarantee the best possible outcomes for them as individuals.

I think I need treatment for co-occurring depression, how can Life Works in Surrey help me?

At Life Works, we understand that seeking help for your mental health challenges can be daunting, but it is important to recognise that this is the most important step that you can take to address your problems and start your journey towards long-lasting recovery.

Our dedicated team are committed to ensuring that your treatment journey is bespoke and suited to your individual needs. During your initial assessment, our experts will be able to gather comprehensive information on your unique condition, symptoms and medical history, in order to formulate a tailored treatment plan.

Depression is a serious mental health condition that is characterised by profound and overwhelming feelings of sadness. When this condition co-occurs alongside an addiction or eating disorder, it can cause multiple issues which can ultimately have a hugely detrimental effect on an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. It is important to recognise that it is normal for everyone to feel sad and upset on occasions, but there are some individuals who experience such crushing low moods that their ability to function is compromised.

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

The signs and symptoms of depression can vary from person to person and also according to the type and severity of the depression that you are suffering struggling with alongside your addiction or eating disorder. Depression symptoms can be categorised into psychological, physical and social symptoms, with some of the most common symptoms of depression including:

Psychological symptoms of depression:

  • Intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Tearfulness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of interest in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Indecisiveness
  • Poor judgement
  • Flat affect (reduced emotional reactivity)
  • Paranoia
  • Drugs and alcohol abuse

Physical symptoms of depression:

  • Diminished or increased appetite resulting in weight fluctuation
  • Low energy/excessive fatigue
  • Psychomotor agitation (being restless or unable to sit still)
  • Psychomotor retardation (slowing of movements)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Unexplained digestive problems
  • Sexual problems

Social symptoms of depression:

  • Decline in school or work performance
  • Frequent absences from school or work
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Inability to manage day-to-day tasks

Types of treatment for depression

All of the treatment that we offer at Life Works in Woking is entirely holistic in nature. This means that we do not only seek to address the obvious manifestations and symptoms of your mental health condition, but also work to establish an understanding of the causes and triggers for your problems. This allows for the development of life-long coping skills, enabling long-term recovery. Holistic treatment for depression at Life Works can include:

Group therapy for depression

Group therapy has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of depression, when this occurs alongside a diagnosed addiction or eating disorder. This form of therapy takes place in a group setting with other Life Works clients who are on a similar recovery journey to you. Discussing your problems in a group enables you to share your experiences with other people, receive feedback on your progress and offer mutual support in a highly compassionate environment.

1:1 therapy

1:1 therapy is used alongside group therapy in the treatment of depression and allows for in-depth exploration of the underlying causes and symptoms of your depression with one of our specialists. This allows for a highly personalised approach to tackling your unique condition.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used treatment method for a range of mental health conditions, including depression. CBT, a form of psychotherapy, encourages you to identify and address dysfunctional thinking that may be leading to your crushing feelings of sadness, before equipping you with ways of challenging these irrational thought patterns, in order to view your life in a healthier, more positive way.

Medication for depression

Medication is often used alongside CBT, in order to complement this psychotherapeutic element of treatment. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a type of antidepressant medication, have been found to be useful in helping depression and can serve as an additional buffer against depression when used in combination with talking therapies.

Types of depression

There are a number of different types of depression which can co-occur alongside your addiction or eating disorder, with each type resulting in different symptoms and impacting on individuals in unique ways.

Severe depression

If you find that you are experiencing significant fatigue, no longer find pleasure in activities that you once enjoyed, and feel as though you have lost the capacity to experience joy, it may be that you are suffering from severe depression.  Symptoms of severe depression can be extreme and often have a profound impact on an individual’s ability to function. Signs that you may be suffering from severe depression include:

  • Struggling to look after yourself and engage in simple everyday tasks
  • Feeling unable to go to work
  • A significant reduction in appetite causing weight loss
  • Acute feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and impulses

Severe depression with psychotic symptoms

Severe depression with psychotic symptoms is characterised by an individual experiencing all of the symptoms that are typically associated with severe depression, as well as suffering from psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and/or delusions.

Hallucinations refer to vivid sensory perceptions of phenomena that do not truly exist, and are characterised by individuals feeling, seeing or hearing things that are not real.

Delusions are irrational beliefs that a person holds, even when they are presented with contradictory evidence. Delusions can include believing that you have a terrible physical illness, that you are responsible for awful things happening to people, or that you are bankrupt when you are not.

Mild/moderate depression

Mild/moderate depression is typified by symptoms that are characteristic of severe depression, but these tend to be less extreme in nature. Whilst most cases of depression are classified as ‘mild’ or ‘moderate’, this does not mean that these forms of depression are ‘insignificant’. If you suffer from mild/moderate depression you may find that you experience small improvements in your symptoms on a day-to-day basis, but your ability to function continues to be impaired.

Bipolar depression

Bipolar depression is experienced by individuals who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This form of depression causes symptoms that are similar to those experienced during severe depression, but can also be characterised by periods of intense elation and euphoria, grandiose thinking and episodes of hyperactivity.

Recurrent depression

Recurrent depression is characterised by experiencing repeated depressive episodes, but not exhibiting any of the specific symptoms that are characteristic of bipolar depression, including heightened energy or mood elevation.


An individual may receive a diagnosis of dysthymia if they have experienced prolonged periods of low mood, lasting for up to several years, yet the symptoms are not necessarily severe enough to significantly impact on their ability to function.

Causes of depression

As is the case for most mental health conditions, research suggests that there are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood of an individual developing some form of depression at some point in their lives. Potential causes of depression may include:

  • Experiencing distressing life events e.g. bereavement, divorce, job loss
  • Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect, particularly during childhood
  • Having a family history of depression or mental illness
  • Personal history of other mental health conditions
  • Suffering from chronic medical conditions such as cancer
  • Having certain personality traits such as low self-esteem or being overly self-critical

Contact us

Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of co-occurring depression and anxiety. To discuss how we can help you, please call 0808 231 4411 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.


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