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.
Specialised group therapy programs provide an opportunity for people to learn more about their illness and develop coping skills to better manage their lives.
Programs aim to have the patient become aware of the relationship between their internal experiences and their behaviour.
The expected outcome for the patient will include an improvement in their ability to make better choices guided by their values.
They will also learn through psychological skills and strategies to better deal with emotional discomfort.
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