It’s good to talk to help deal with depression

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TALKING therapies can provide a better solution for people suffering from depression rather than popping pills, a leading Sheffield-based mental health expert has said.

Treatment remedies such as ‘talking’ therapy for people who are stressed out and anxious people is a better alternative than taking anti-depressants, Professor Tim Kendall said.

The consultant psychiatrist, from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, was speaking during Depression Awareness Week, and drew attention to work going on in the city to provide alternatives to medication.

Elements to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative include the use of wellbeing practitioners, cognitive behavioural therapists and counsellors.

Prof Kendall said: “There’s no doubt anti-depressants have a long-term effect on the system and many people find it difficult to wean themselves off them. It’s important not to try to do so too quickly and to do it in conjunction with a GP. Talking therapies are a great alternative and are more accessible than they have ever been. In Sheffield, we now have 75 full-time people working in primary care to treat depression and anxiety.”