Depression

Feeling sad or down from time to time is a normal part of life. However, some people experience intense sadness and low mood that is difficult to shake. This is called depression.

People with depression may experience poor sleep, a lack of motivation or interest, and a feeling of emptiness or numbness. These feelings interfere with their daily lives, making it difficult to do things they would otherwise enjoy.

Different people will experience depression in different ways, and as such treatment for depression will vary from person to person.

How do we treat depression at Ramsay Clinic New Farm

Inpatient

Mood Disorders Program

Mood Disorders are serious medical conditions, which can occur when seemingly impossible circumstances are experienced or when there is a physical disruption within the brain’s chemistry. People who experience depression (by itself or as part of the extreme mood swings of bipolar mood disorder), or an elevation in mood, should seek professional help in order to achieve resolution of this illness.

Ramsay Clinic New Farm provides a specialised and comprehensive assessment and treatment program for the broad spectrum of Mood Disorders incorporating acute, chronic, primary and secondary disorders. On admission, doctors associated with the program will carry out comprehensive psychiatric and medical assessment of the patient. This ensures accurate diagnosis of psychiatric and physical problems and allows the appropriate treatment plan to be instituted. Diagnosis and treatment plans are discussed with the team, the referring doctor and the patient and where appropriate, the family.

Medical treatments may also be implemented to correct any underlying medical problems. If indicated, prompt referral to medical or surgical specialists is carried out.

Day Program

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program is a therapeutic group that delivers short-term, skills-focused treatment for patients who experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. The program teaches patients about the connection between thinking styles, emotions and behaviour in relation to their current difficulties. Strategies are taught to assist individuals challenge unhelpful thought patterns and develop helpful coping strategies to their difficulties.

Who might benefit: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed for patients requiring assistance with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders;

Duration: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

When: Tuesdays 9:00am-2:15pm


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic group that focuses on building people’s psychological flexibility. The ACT Day Program covers the key ACT processes including mindfulness (unhooking from thoughts, dropping the struggle with feelings, contacting the present moment, noticing experiences) as well as increasing contact with personal values and engaging in committed action.

Who might benefit: The program is beneficial for people who experience anxiety, depression, substance use, OCD, psychosis, pain, and a wide range of other conditions.

Duration: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

When: Mondays 9:00am-2:15pm


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

The Compassion-Focused therapy is an integrated and multimodal approach that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience. One of its key concerns is to use compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.

Who might benefit: The Compassion-Focused therapy group is designed for individuals requiring assistance with treatment resistant mood disorders such as depression and anxiety (especially harsh self-criticism).

Duration: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

When: Thursdays 9:00am-2:15pm


RO-DBT Informed Therapy

The Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Program is a social connectedness program consisting of psychoeducational content and activities of social engagement. RO-DBT aims to encourage context appropriate and open emotion expression to increase trust and desires to affiliate. Marked by low receptivity & openness, low flexible control, pervasive inhibited emotional expression, low social connectedness and intimacy with others, these patients have the ability to tolerate distress, delay gratification, and avoid public displays of emotion. While often seen as helpful behaviours, too much self-control can prove to be exhausting and problems are less likely to be noticed- reducing opportunities for feedback and psychological help. RO-DBT aims to enable receptivity and openness to new experiences, flexible control, intimacy and social connectedness.

Who might benefit: The RO-DBT Informed Therapy program targets overcontrol. This program is designed for individuals experiencing disorders such as OCD, paranoid personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, anorexia nervosa, schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders, autism, treatment resistant anxiety, and internalizing disorders.

Entry requirements: Enrolment is possible at any time; a brief assessment over the phone may be required.

Duration: Group members can begin at any time and continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties; the program runs over a cycle of approximately 25 weeks.

When: Monday 9:00am-2:15pm


Life Skills

Life Skills is a day program run on Fridays.

The Life Skills group is a relapse prevention program consisting of psychoeducational content and activities utilising therapeutic skills. The group is designed to combine psychoeducation, social stimulation and professional support. The objective is to provide a therapeutic milieu where patients can experience a supportive group environment, learn new skills or to continue with skills learned in hospital. This group will support patients as they manage the daily challenges they face in life, as well as provide additional support for those waiting to engage in other day programs.

Who might benefit: The Life Skills program is designed for individuals who have recently been an inpatient and require some ongoing support for their mental health concerns, as well as for people who benefit from regular support and psychological assistance to maintain stable mental health.

Entry requirements: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

Duration: There is no minimum or maximum attendance time required. Group members can continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties;

When: Friday 9:00am-2:15pm


CBT: Recovery through Creative Expression

CBT: Recovery through Creative Expression is a day program run on Tuesdays.

The Recovery through Creative Expression and CBT outpatient group is a relapse prevention and social connection program consisting of psychoeducational content and therapeutic art topics. The group is designed to assist patients with continuing to use and develop their skills learned in hospital or enhance their lived experience. This will be provided by combining personal reflection, social stimulation and professional support. This group will assist patients as they manage the challenges they face in day to day life.

This program will primarily consist of group discussion and an art activity surrounding a given topic, with aspects such as mindfulness, journaling and therapeutic discussion utilised for additional benefit. Utilising concepts from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, patients will be exposed to a variety of topics that will create a diverse range of discussion and artistic outcomes. Patients will practice mindfulness, explore their emotions, engage in behavioural change, exercise interpersonal skills, practice self-compassion, and challenge negative beliefs.

Who might benefit: This program is designed for individuals who have recently been an inpatient and require some ongoing support for their mental health concerns, as well as for people who benefit from regular support and psychological assistance to maintain stable mental health.

Entry requirements: There are no entry requirements; enrolment is possible at any time;

Duration: There is no minimum or maximum attendance time required. Group members can continue to attend as long as they need ongoing support for their mental health difficulties;

When: Tuesday 2:00pm-5:00pm


For further information please call our Day Patient Program Coordinator on (07) 3254 9100. A referral from your GP or current treating psychiatrist is required for entry to the programs. Please send referrals to our Day Patient Program Coordinator by fax (07) 3254 9601 or email referrals.nfc@ramsayhealth.com.au. Ramsay Clinic New Farm staff will coordinate admission to the appropriate program.



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