Psychological therapy can help with for a wide range of issues including:
- Depression is one of the most common psychological problems and is typically associated with low mood; however other symptoms can also include fatigue, poor motivation, decreased energy and appetite, sleep disruption etc. Depression may develop without any apparent cause but can also come on as a result of one or more of the other problems listed below.
- Low self esteem issues are frequently associated with clinical depression, low confidence and sometimes anxiety.
- Loss related life events can trigger one of the problems listed here. Common loss events are redundancy, relationship break up, physical illness or accident etc. Sometimes even positive events such as promotion can involve loss of social support with a similar effect.
- Bereavement and grief following the death of a loved one is an extreme form of loss and can often trigger problems such as a depressive disorder.
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur in response to extreme experiences such as assault, rape, road traffic accidents and other violent or dangerous incidents. Anxiety and/or depression are common PTSD symptoms, as are problems dealing with the memory of the event, such as flashbacks or nightmares.
- Aversive memories can play a part in many psychological disorders and may be disturbing enough to warrant the primary focus in treatment.
- Anxiety disorder can take many forms including panic attack, social anxiety, phobias, etc. Any of these can be a series impediment to leading a healthy lifestyle. Successfully managing anxiety can be crucial in getting back to work.
- Health related worries and stress including hypochondria, often take up time and energy and can have serious effects on health and well being.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), characterised by intrusive thoughts and compulsive actions such as checking, counting or hoarding.
- Addictive behaviours such as smoking, excessive drinking, gambling and drug use can be problems in their own right but often they co-exist with other problems on this page which also require addressing.
Other areas of psychological difficulty may also be appropriate for treatment. Please contact Cambridge Private Psychology to discuss.