Depression Treatment

WHAT IS Depression?

Depression is a condition characterised by prolonged feelings of sadness or despondency that significantly interfere with the sufferer’s everyday life. It is often typified by feelings of hopelessness and low self-worth. A person with depression can find it difficult to maintain interest, perform daily functions and feel any joy or satisfaction with life.

Traditional treatments for depression focus on managing the symptoms, often relying heavily on prescription medications and not identifying and eliminating the root cause of the depression.

Other options are rarely explored, leaving it up to the sufferer or their loved ones to search desperately for their own alternative solutions.

At times of deep stress, during unwanted events or prolonged emotional trauma, we can slip into a depressive state, unable to come out the other side. When depression becomes more than a difficult stage in life, it causes powerful mental and physical suffering and can take hold over your life and lead to catastrophic outcomes. 

Conditions that develop as a result of depression can include an inability to maintain relationships, withdrawal from social occasions or an increase in harmful coping strategies. When the repercussions of depression begin to escalate, sufferers can become even more depressed and unable to see a way out of their situation. Trying to stop a painful emotion at best only achieves a temporary fix, so at Palladium Private we teach simple ways to halt, alter and reverse these patterns, and how to adopt new behaviours and ways of thinking that lead to lasting change from deep within.

According to a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around 43% of Australians between the ages of 16-85 had experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life. Although it might seem that you’re alone in your struggle with depression, keep in mind that many others are going through the same battle and getting help has never been more accessible. 

Palladium Private — Holistic depression rehab in Australia

Seeking rehab for depression is already a major step in the road to recovery. At Palladium Private, we offer a residential depression rehab program that makes sure that step counts. 

The Palladium Private holistic, integrative program is supported by Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Change Therapy (ACT) – underpinned by Mindfulness Training. Our approach is accompanied by nutritious meals prepared by our chefs, with attention given to every aspect of your psychological and physiological health by our personal trainers, yoga teachers, acupuncturists, relaxation and remedial massage therapists. If you or someone you love needs intervention with their depression, we invite you to speak with one of our admissions consultants about tailoring a program best suited for your needs. Simply fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you or call us at Palladium Private on 1300 293 206.

What Causes Depression?

There is no single, but multiple causes of depression and psychiatrists believe it is more likely to be a combination of different influences such as biological factors (genetics, hormones or a chemical imbalance) and environmental factors (traumatic life events or situations).

Ongoing depression can result in an inability to maintain relationships, social withdrawal or an increase in addictive behaviours or unhealthy coping mechanisms.

When the repercussions of depression begin to escalate, sufferers can become even more helpless and unable to see a way out of their situation.


what are the Symptoms of Depression?

If you or someone you know thinks they might be suffering from depression, common signs and symptoms for depression to look out for include:

Are there any Treatments for Depression?

The good news is there are effective treatments and recovery support services available for depression. There are a range of therapies and lifestyle improvements which, alone or in combination, can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression and help sufferers to come out from within themselves and reconnect with the world.


Psychological treatments are about helping clients identify damaging thoughts and behaviours and change their deep core beliefs and automatic thinking patterns so they’re better able to cope with the stressors in life.

Types of psychological treatment for depression include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

A treatment based on helping clients recognise that the way they think and act affects how they feel. It involves identifying those negative thought and behaviour patterns that make them more likely to be depressed and teaching them to change them to positive and realistic ones.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Therapy that focuses on a client’s personal relationships and teaches them the skills they need to deal with relationship problems. It helps them to identify patterns in their relationships that make them more vulnerable to depression and to find new ways to improve their relationships and get along better with others.
Behaviour Therapy

Like CBT, it helps clients to identify the negative thoughts and attitudes that lead to depression, but unlike CBT, it doesn’t teach them to change those thoughts, but rather teaches them to focus on other thoughts that are more pleasant and rewarding.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

This treatment is normally given in groups and involves mindfulness meditation, which teaches clients to focus on the present moment. This can teach them to recognise the warning signs early and to prevent their minds from returning to unpleasant thoughts and feelings.



Treatments other than psychological therapies can sometimes be beneficial for sufferers of depression. These can be used alone or in conjunction with psychological therapy and include exercise, mindfulness, massage therapy, art therapy, and other forms of somatic activity.

Massage therapy is known to be beneficial for people suffering from depression because it reduces the levels of stress hormones in the brain and body, such as adrenaline and cortisol which can trigger or exacerbate depression. Massage also produces chemical changes in the brain that result in a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing, providing a distraction from negative thoughts and helping the client to create a calm, receptive inner state conducive to healing.

Regular physical exercise can also increase the brain’s serotonin levels, which regulate mood, sleep, libido and appetite. Exercise also increase the level of endorphins, which have proven mood-elevating properties. Exercise also increases energy, improves sleep, provides a social outlet, and increases a person’s sense of control and self-esteem.

We can help you overcome a variety of challenges

Our personally tailored, holistic and integrative programs are designed to empower you to deal with
issues in your life including:

General Depression

Antenatal and Postpartum Depression

Depression in the Elderly

Depression in the Physically Ill/Injured


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Depression FAQs

Depression could be considered a disability under certain circumstances. In many countries, including Australia, depression and other mental health conditions are recognised as disabilities under the law.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, mental health conditions, including depression, are covered by the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act. This protects individuals with mental health conditions from discrimination in various areas of life, including employment.

To qualify as a disability, depression usually needs to meet specific criteria, such as substantially limiting a person’s ability to perform daily activities or engage in everyday life. These limitations can vary from person to person, as do the severity and impact of depression.

Not all individuals with depression will qualify as disabled, as the determination depends on individual circumstances, the effect on daily life, and specific regulations around disability.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression and requires support, it’s a good idea to reach out to a healthcare professional for accurate information and guidance about this important topic.

Depression is a complex mental health condition that can manifest differently in different people. It’s more common than many think, and while some may experience brief isolated episodes of depression, others may experience it frequently throughout their life.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates 2.1 million Australians, or 9.3% of the population, have suffered from some form of depression. It’s estimated that around 1 in 6 people (1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men) will experience a major depressive disorder at some point in their lifetime.

If you think you might be experiencing depression, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. To help, here’s a brief look at some common signs and symptoms of depression:

  1. Persistent sadness or feelings of emptiness: Feeling down, hopeless, or experiencing a lack of interest or pleasure in daily life and activities you used to enjoy.
  2. Changes in appetite and weight: Significant weight loss or weight gain and changes in appetite.
  3. Sleep disturbances: Insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness or prolonged sleep).
  4. Fatigue and lack of energy: Feeling constantly tired, even after getting enough sleep, and lacking energy for daily activities.
  5. Difficulty concentrating: Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  6. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt: Experiencing excessive or irrational guilt, feeling worthless, or experiencing low self-esteem.
  7. Loss of interest: Losing interest or pleasure in hobbies, activities, or relationships that were once enjoyable.
  8. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide: Persistent thoughts about death, suicide, or self-harm.
  9. Physical symptoms: Experiencing unexplained physical ailments such as headaches, stomachaches, or body aches.
  10. Social withdrawal: Withdrawing from friends, family and loved ones.

Experiencing some of these symptoms does not automatically mean you have depression. A healthcare professional can properly diagnose depression based on a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, and personal circumstances.

If you suspect you may be experiencing depression or have concerns about your mental health, reach out and get support. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in understanding your mental health and making positive steps to manage your overall well-being.

Supporting someone with depression can feel uncomfortable; many worry they will say the wrong thing or make the individual feel worse.

It’s important to know that offering support to someone experiencing depression can be incredibly valuable in their journey toward recovery. Knowing that someone cares, has seen what they’re going through, and is willing to help them on their journey can really make a difference.

Here are some suggestions for helping someone experiencing depression:

  1. Educate yourself: Learn about depression to better understand the condition and its effects. This will help you provide informed support and empathy.
  2. Be a good listener: Encourage open and honest communication, and be available to listen without judgment. Allow the person to express their feelings and thoughts without judging or trying to ‘fix’ them.
  3. Offer empathy and understanding: Show empathy by acknowledging their feelings and validating their experiences. Let them know you’re there for them and their emotions are valid.
  4. Encourage professional help: Suggest they seek professional support from a therapist, counsellor, psychiatrist, or mental health retreat. Offer to help them find resources or accompany them to appointments if this helps.
  5. Be patient: Recovery from depression takes time, so be patient and understanding. Avoid pressuring them to ‘snap out of it’ or expecting immediate improvement.
  6. Encourage self-care: Encourage them to engage in self-care activities they enjoy, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones.
  7. Offer practical support: Help with practical tasks, such as running errands, cooking meals, or assisting with household chores, especially if the person struggles with daily life.
  8. Stay connected: Maintain regular contact and social connections, as depression can lead to isolation. Offer invitations to activities or outings, but respect their need for alone time if they decline. Let them know the offer always stands if they change their mind.
  9. Avoid judgment and criticism: Refrain from blaming or criticising the person for their depression. Remember that depression is a medical condition, and support should come from a place of empathy and understanding.
  10. Encourage a healthy lifestyle: Promote healthy habits such as regular sleep patterns, a balanced diet, and physical exercise, as these can positively impact mood.

Remember: Everyone’s experience with depression is unique, so it’s crucial to tailor your support to the individual’s needs. If you’re unsure about the best way to help, don’t hesitate to ask the person directly or consult a mental health professional for guidance.

Therapy can be an incredibly effective and supportive treatment for depression. Many who experience depression find therapy beneficial in managing their symptoms, gaining insight into their condition, and developing coping strategies.

Therapists provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment for individuals to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. They can also recommend the best treatment plans and resources for long-term management and recovery.

Psychological treatments are about helping clients identify damaging thoughts and behaviours and change their deep core beliefs and automatic thinking patterns so they’re better able to cope with the stressors in life.

There are many different types of therapeutic approaches used to help with depression. Here’s a brief look at some of the most common ones utilised at Palladium Private:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT focuses on identifying negative thought patterns and behaviours and replacing them with more positive and adaptive ones. It helps individuals challenge and reframe negative thinking and develop healthier coping skills.
  2. Behaviour Therapy: Like CBT, it helps clients to identify the negative thoughts and attitudes that lead to depression, but unlike CBT, it doesn’t teach them to change those thoughts but instead teaches them to focus on other thoughts that are more pleasant and rewarding.
  3. Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): IPT addresses relationship issues and interpersonal conflicts that may contribute to or worsen depression. It helps individuals improve communication skills, resolve conflicts, and develop healthier relationships.
  4. Mindfulness-Based Therapies: Therapies such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) incorporate mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help individuals develop skills for managing negative thoughts and emotions.
  5. Supportive Therapy: Supportive therapy provides a safe and empathetic space for individuals to express their feelings and experiences. It focuses on offering support, validation, and guidance in managing depression.

The effectiveness of therapy can vary from person to person. It can take time to find the right therapist and approach that works best for an individual can take time. Therapy may be used with other treatment options, such as medication or holistic health treatments like massage.

Therapy is a core part of the treatment programs at Palladium Private.

Depression is a complex mental health condition. There is no one-size-fits-all cure, but there are many effective treatments available.

The goal of these treatments is not necessarily to ‘cure’ depression but rather to help you learn how to manage symptoms, improve your quality of life, and promote overall recovery.

Alongside psychological therapies, some of the other ways you can support your mental health, including depressive symptoms, include:

  1. Lifestyle changes: Engaging in regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, ensuring adequate sleep, and managing stress can have a positive impact on mental health. These lifestyle changes may complement other treatments.
  2. Building a support network: Building a strong support system of family, friends, or support groups can provide emotional support, understanding, and encouragement during the recovery process.
  3. Practising self-care: Engaging in activities that promote self-care and well-being, such as practising mindfulness or relaxation techniques, pursuing hobbies, or engaging in creative outlets, can help alleviate depressive symptoms.
  4. Embracing Mindfulness-based approaches: Techniques like mindfulness meditation, yoga, or other mindfulness-based interventions can help individuals develop skills to manage negative thoughts and promote self-awareness.
  5. Trying alternative therapies: Some individuals benefit from complementary approaches like acupuncture, massage therapy, or herbal supplements. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan.
  6. Attending a mental health retreat: Sometimes, giving ourselves the time and energy to commit to learning about, understanding and managing our mental health is the best thing we can do. Time outside our busy lives allows us the breathing space to make positive changes that can last a lifetime.

Treatment for depression should always be tailored to you as an individual, and it’s important not to worry if a popular ‘treatment’ doesn’t work for you. Everyone is different.

It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist, who can assess your specific situation and develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your needs.

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, you do not have to suffer in silence. There are many ways to reach out and get the support you need.

Here are a few options to explore for where to go for help with depression:

  1. Your GP: Start by scheduling an appointment with your GP. They can assess your symptoms, provide an initial evaluation, and recommend appropriate treatment options. They may also refer you to mental health specialists if needed.
  2. Mental health professionals: Psychologists, psychiatrists, and licensed therapists are trained in diagnosing and treating depression. They can provide therapy, medication management, or a combination of both. You can search online directories and contact local mental health organisations. You can also ask for recommendations from your GP for a referral to a mental health professional in your area.
  3. Helplines and crisis hotlines: Helplines and crisis hotlines can offer immediate support and guidance for individuals in distress. They are staffed by trained professionals who can provide information, resources, and emotional support.
  4. Online therapy platforms: A few online platforms offer therapy and counselling services remotely. These are great for those who prefer virtual sessions or have limited access to attending in-person appointments. Make sure to research the platform’s credibility, privacy policies, and therapists’ qualifications.
  5. Mental health retreats: A mental health retreat offers you community support, a dedicated team of professionals, and the time and space to get the help you need. They’re a great way to explore various treatment options and uncover the ones that work best for you while working towards a sense of overall health. Our residential retreat program combines psychological, physical, educational and social strategies with a focus on nutritional elements to help you combat and eradicate the root cause of your condition.

If you need help figuring out where to start, consider talking to a trusted individual, such as a friend or family member, who may be able to assist you in finding appropriate resources.

Our dedicated team is on hand to talk you through these options and explore how Palladium Private might work for you and your circumstances.

To get in touch, call 1300 573 095 to speak confidentially to one of our Admissions Consultants.

Palladium Private offers a depression retreat that stands out for its holistic, integrated approach to mental health. Our program, refined over 20 years and with a high success rate, focuses on rebuilding healthy foundations and developing beneficial coping mechanisms.

We offer a serene environment with upgraded facilities, ensuring comfort and support throughout your stay or the stay of your loved one. Our team of registered professionals deliver diverse therapies alongside a commitment to individualised care, making it a leading choice for those seeking comprehensive mental health treatment.

Your treatment and rehab from depression at Palladium Private will be tailored to your specific needs, varying from two to 12 weeks. The program combines psychological, physical, educational and social strategies with a focus on nutrition. 

It includes one-on-one talk therapy, group activities for social integration, medically-supported detox and diverse therapies such as psychiatry, kinesiology, acupuncture and couples/family counselling. Our holistic approach and team of caring professionals aim to work with you to determine the root cause of your condition, replacing old habits with new, sustainable beliefs and thought patterns.

Assessing the suitability of Palladium Private’s program involves considering the specific mental health challenges you face and your readiness for a holistic, immersive treatment approach. The program is designed for those committed to making long-term changes and is particularly effective for chronic conditions. 

Reach out to us, and we can help you match your condition to the appropriate program and provide further clarity on whether our approach aligns with your needs.

In addition to mental health conditions like stress, anxiety, drug addiction and alcohol dependency, Palladium Private also specialises in treating trauma, including PTSD and C-PTSD. As a holistic depression rehab in Australia, our model encompasses a range of treatments suitable for these conditions, ensuring a comprehensive approach to various mental health issues.