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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


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 Programs

Managing Mood Disorders (Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

The Managing Mood Disorders program is a 10 week group that delivers skills-focused treatment for people 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 to challenge unhelpful thought patterns and develop helpful coping strategies.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT was designed for individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, however a formal diagnosis is not necessary to benefit from the program.

It is useful for patients requiring assistance with suicidality and self-harm, those with complex trauma and mental health issues and/or difficulties managing intense emotions.

The program focuses on four key topics; mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal / relationship effectiveness.

18-25 Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

The Young Adult DBT program focuses on the four key topics described above but tailors content to the unique difficulties experienced by young adults. This includes content related to alcohol and drug use, sexual behaviour, developing structure and routine after schooling, developing independence, tertiary study, and developing healthy friendships and relationships.


An evidenced based treatment which focuses on developing people’s capacities to be aware of mental states in the self and in others. Mental states include thoughts and feelings, attitudes, beliefs, intentions, and wishes. Greater understanding of one’s own and others’ mental states, lays a foundation for regulating emotions and improving interpersonal relationships.

It is useful for patients who struggle in relating to others, with maintaining stability, and with their sense of identity.

Trauma Program (Maintaining Safety and Stability)

This is a trauma informed group with elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and polyvagal theory. It is designed to target symptoms associated with PTSD and cPTSD. Patients will increase their awareness and understanding of the impacts of trauma on their nervous system and learn strategies to manage symptoms.

It is a psychoeducation skills program, not a trauma process group and people do not explicitly discuss their traumatic experiences with other members.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Over 12 weeks The CFT Day Program covers the key emotional systems, evolutionary neuroscience (and some polyvagal theory). Patients are taught compassionate mind training so they can self-sooth, build a sense of safeness and use imagery (and other techniques) to cultivate a wise, strong, courageous and committed self. CFT specifically targets fear, shame and self-criticism and provides alternative skills to enable clients to cope during periods of psychological distress. The program is highly experiential.

It is useful for patients with mood disorders and/or who experience harsh self-criticism which interferes with their wellbeing and daily living (transdiagnositc problems) and treatment goals.

Addiction Program

This group provides a supportive space to assist people in managing and reducing their dependence on alcohol and prescription drugs. There is a focus on relapse prevention strategies. reviewing their recovery plan, and responding to early signs of relapse.

It is ideal for patients discharging from the inpatient prescription drug and alcohol program.

This is a half day program from 9 – 12:15pm

Eating Disorder Program

This group is a 2 day per week program with a recovery focus for patients seeking support to manage their Eating Disorder in the community. This program is ideal for patients stepping down from inpatient treatment and for people either waiting or hoping to prevent an inpatient admission.

The program aims to support patients in re-nourishing their body and brain through psycho-educational content and supported meal therapy.

This is an open group delivered over 6 weeks with the opportunity to extend to 12 weeks.

Participants must be medically stable, not requiring NG feeding and engaged regularly with their GP in order to be part of this program. Participants must commit to the program guidelines which are made available to the referring doctor on referral.

The programs principles and approach are closely aligned with Ramsay Clinics Eating Disorder Program and has specific start / finish times which are aligned with supported meal therapy.

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 Ramsay Clinic New Farm staff will coordinate admission to the appropriate program.

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