Depression

Depression WHAT IS IT?
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.
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 show you simple ways to halt, alter and even reverse this pattern, and to adopt new behaviours and engage in new ways of thinking that can lead to lasting change.
The Palladium Private Program is supported by Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Change Therapy (ACT) – all underpinned by Mindfulness Training. Our approach is accompanied by nutritious meals cooked by our chefs and attention to your whole health by our personal trainers, yoga teachers, and spa and massage therapists. So if you or someone you know needs help with 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 573 095.
Causes of Depression

There is no single cause 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.

Symptoms of Depression

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

Treatments for Depression

The good news is there are treatments and recovery support available. 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 of themselves and reconnect with the world.

Psychological treatments are about helping clients identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and change their thinking patterns so they are better able to cope with the stresses of life.

Types of psychological treatment for depression include:

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 therapy and they include exercise and massage therapy.

Regular exercise can increase the brain’s serotonin levels, which regulate mood, sleep, libido and appetite, and increase the level of endorphins, which are known to have mood-elevating properties. Exercise can also increase energy, improve sleep, provide a social outlet, and increase a client’s sense of control and self-esteem.

Massage therapy is also thought to be beneficial for people suffering from depression because it reduces the levels of stress hormones in the brain such as adrenaline and cortisol which can trigger depression. It also produces chemical changes in the brain that result in a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing, which provides a distraction from negative thoughts and helps the client to focus on pleasant and positive emotions.

We can help you overcome a variety of challenges

Our personal, tailored BioPsychoSocial 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