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Is rehab good for treating depression?

August 27th, 2020 by

Many people think rehab centres are solely to help people suffering from an addiction. But in fact an increasing number of people are seeking treatment for depression at recovery and wellness centres such as White River Manor.

Depression is a potentially life-threatening mental health condition. In all cases it should be treated immediately by professionals who understand it.

Everyone feels sad at times as it’s a completely normal emotion. It helps us deal with certain situations – and we were give tears for a good reason.

However, depression is totally different to feeling sad for a few days about something. For a start, sometimes someone who’s depressed cannot even pinpoint any specific reason for why they are feeling so low.

It is a burgeoning major global mental health problem. According to WHO (the World Health Organization), depression is a mental disorder that affects 264 million people of all ages worldwide.

Depression can cause someone to suffer terribly. It may mean they function poorly at work, college, in the family and their community.

At its worst, depression can lead to death by suicide. Around 800,000 people die from suicide each year. 

Signs of depression

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Clearly it’s vital to know depression symptoms. If you or anyone you know shows these signs for more than a few days – especially if it’s for two weeks for most of each day – it’s essential to seek professional help without delay.

One of the great advantages of seeking treatment at a rehab centre is that our team is here to help 24 hours a day. We are very experienced in helping treat people with depression and have had great success in ensuring enduring recoveries.

Tailored programme

We have specially devised treatments for depression. Initially our team will establish what type of depression anyone has that seeks our help.

There are several kinds of depression including major depressive disorder (MDD), situational depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), persistent depressive disorder (PDD) and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

As soon as we establish which depression a guest is suffering from we will also look to see if there are any co-occurring disorders. These can include such as burnout, anxiety and addiction.

Then an individual treatment plan will be created. This is tailored to each guest’s therapeutic requirements and specific needs.

We know that everyone reaching out for our help is unique. We always treat the entire person.

So that means each guest will see our complete expert team. That includes psychologists, counsellors and nurses plus therapists in such as music and art

Then our gourmet chefs will ensure every meal has excellent nutritional value. As well as, of course, being delicious.

We also have a spa to give you luxury treatment such as full body massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. There’s a fully equipped private gym and a swimming pool too. 

Then there is our expansive and tranquil 21-hectare gardens, perfect for yoga, meditation or just reading a book. Or you can take a relaxing walk in nature along any of our extensive trails or try canoeing on the Sabie River.

In addition, there’s a mountain bike trail as well as other sporting options including golf, tennis and horse-riding. There’s also always excursions to the nearby stunning Kruger National Park where you can see zebras, elephant and lions.

Our guests have agreed with us that South Africa’s year-round sunny climate and the natural beautiful environment here are all great healers too. The sunshine is fantastic for helping with all mental health conditions, especially depression.

We’re fortunate to see sunrises and sunsets most days that are priceless. Another added consideration is that presently South Africa is unbelievable value for money.

Group therapy

Depression can leave someone feeling totally isolated. Being here with us all will immensely help alleviate that.

There’s the knowing that you’re surrounded by people who care 100 percent for your wellbeing and recovery. Then there are the other guests who have similar aims of recovery.

We have such as group therapy as part of our treatment. This is when guests under the guidance of one of our team will listen to and help each other.

Group therapy has been proven over the years to be extremely beneficial. We can also introduce guests to the 12 Steps recovery programme, one aspect of which involves a form of group therapy as well.

Lifetime recovery

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We will also offer our guests other therapy suitable for their personal recovery. That includes such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness therapy, adult-child therapy and solution-focused therapy.

All of these have been shown to help people to a long-lasting recovery.

That is always our ultimate aim – that when one of our guests leaves here they have the knowledge and skills to deal with anything in life that could otherwise lead to depression again. We want their recovery to last for the rest of their lifetime.

Of course, all of this is set among our five-star manor house with its first-class luxury accommodation. Relaxation and good sleep are vital factors for a strong recovery.


Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you or someone you care about.

What is clinical depression?

June 19th, 2020 by

There’s a big difference between feeling a little sad and having depression. In fact, we are made to have all sorts of emotions ranging from joy to sadness.

They are a completely natural part of life. But they should not be our “normal” state.

So if someone feels down for more than a few days, it could be because they have depression. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a mental disorder affecting more than 264 million people worldwide.

Depression is a real illness with debilitating symptoms. Anyone suffering from this condition needs professional help to overcome it.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The causes of depression are not completely understood.

But it’s believed there are several factors, including that someone may be more vulnerable to depression due to certain personality traits.

These are such as low self-esteem or being excessively self-critical. This could be because of genes and/or family habits they’ve been taught – for instance, how to react to certain things in life. Many families will habitually focus on the negative, what they lack and worst-case scenarios. This runs from generation to generation.

A traumatic experience in early life is considered to be another major factor in causing depression. This is such as abuse or the death of a parent.

For others, it’s something unwelcome in their present-day life that seems to be behind their depression. This includes redundancy, a relationship breakdown, serious illness or bereavement. It could be a combination of these.

Some studies have discovered people are also more likely to get depression as they get older. Other research points to a poor diet playing its part.

Some women are vulnerable to depression after pregnancy. Other factors include being isolated, using drugs, hypothyroidism, some head injuries and drinking excessively.

What does it mean to be clinically depressed?

Many people ask what a clinical diagnosis of depression is based on?

The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is the handbook published by the American Psychiatric Association that’s used by healthcare professionals around the world as the definitive guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders.

According to the DSM-5 someone must be experiencing five or more of the following symptoms during the same two-week period.

At least one of the symptoms has to be either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure.

To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms have to cause the person clinically significant distress or impairment in occupational, social or other important areas of functioning.

However, these symptoms cannot be due to another medical condition or substance abuse.

If it is determined that someone has severe long-term symptoms that are badly impacting on the quality of life, it’s referred to as clinical depression. This is sometimes also known as major depression or major depressive disorder.

Why is it important to identify and treat depression?

Depression can take on many forms.

This includes such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD); seasonal affective disorder (SAD); dysthymia (or persistent depressive disorder); situational depression; and bipolar disorder depression. More details on the types of depression can be found here.

It’s important that the type of depression is identified as this helps to find the most effective treatment. It’s also vital to identify if someone with depression has any other mental health conditions.

Common co-occurring conditions in people with clinical depression include:

What are the general methods used to treat depression?

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Treatment for depression frequently involves a combination of talking therapies, medicines and self-help. It depends on the type and severity of the depression.

There are several talking therapies that can help with depression, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

CBT recognizes that events in the past may have had big influences, but it concentrates mostly on how to change the way we think, feel and behave in the present – for example, how to challenge feelings of hopelessness.

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Antidepressants are medicines that treat symptoms of depression. There are different types of antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), one of the most commonly prescribed.

It is often asked: are antidepressants bad for you? They are generally considered safe, but as with all medical treatment, there can be some risk. They need to be prescribed by a doctor who can discuss this with a patient. More information on antidepressants can be found here.

There’s plenty of evidence that exercise can also help alleviate depression. This could include simply taking a daily walk, and exercising at the gym can help with feelings of loneliness.

Talking through feelings with a group can be useful to some people. There are self-help groups for people with depression. Also, there are many self-help books that deal with depression.

Eating a balanced healthy diet can be very beneficial as well. This means plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and fish.

At White River Manor, our specialist team has decades of experience treating depression. We tailor the program to individual experiences, which helps to make depression treatment much more effective.

The professionals at White River fully understand depression and will help you or someone you care about to be able to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

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