Depression can be a debilitating mood disorder that affects sufferers emotionally and physically. We all feel low from time to time when life presents unexpected challenges. However, in time, the worries subside and life returns to normal.

Clinical or 'major' depression symptoms are quite different to simply 'feeling down'. Not only does the low feeling not fade, but also it can intensify to a feeling of extreme hopelessness.


Depression clinic

Depression distorts our thinking.

Clinical or ‘major’ depression symptoms are quite different to simply ‘feeling down’. Not only does the low feeling not fade, but it can also intensify to a feeling of extreme hopelessness and an inability to function.

Episodes of depression may also be related to other disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, or an addiction. If left undiagnosed and untreated, clinical depression can lead to deep feelings of helplessness, despair and isolation.

When you have depression symptoms it’s difficult to think that anyone understands or even cares.

Feelings of worthlessness and powerlessness can sometimes overwhelm your rational thoughts. The important thing to remember is that your feelings are real. You don’t need to have a reason for feeling this way. Think of this as an emotional injury: you have as much right to ask for help as someone who has an obvious physical injury or is in chronic pain.

Reaching out to talk about the problem with people who specialise in the treatment of depression is the next step.

Managing depression can be challenging, exhausting and risky when attempting it alone. For this reason, professional support and treatment is strongly recommended. Depression is most effectively treated by health professionals, (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists and Nurses), who specialise in treating mood disorders such as depression.


Depression help

If you are concerned that you, or someone you care for, is struggling with depression you may want to consider whether the following depression symptoms apply. South Pacific Private’s Client Care Team are available 24/7 (including weekends) should you wish to reach out for help.

‘Thinking’ Depression Symptoms:

  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Critical of and/or blaming self and/or others
  • Pessimistic thoughts
  • Lack of self-esteem and/or loss of confidence
  • Loss of interest in aspects of life that would have previously interested you/them
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Thinking that life is not worth living, or despairing about the future
  • Thoughts of harming yourself, or thinking about suicide

‘Feeling’ Depression Symptoms:

  • Feeling overwhelmed and/or powerless at times
  • Feeling sad, guilty, lonely, agitated and or despairing at times
  • Feeling shame, worthless and/or inadequate at times
  • Feeling down even when good things happen
  • Feeling helpless and/or voiceless

‘Behavioural and Physical’ Depression Symptoms:

  • Loss of energy, or often feeling tired
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Loss of interest in sex, or sexual difficulties
  • Loss of enjoyment or interest in physical or social activities
  • Over eating or loss of appetite
  • Isolating and /or avoiding other people
  • Not getting as much done as much as you/they used to

Recovering from depression is more likely to be successful when treatment takes into account all aspects of a person’s life. All of us are complex products of our history and our day-to-day lives. Because we don’t live in isolation, our problems can’t be treated in isolation either.

South Pacific Private has a range of programs which can support people with all forms of depression including those who are:

  • Feeling down or mildly depressed
  • In the depressive phase of Bipolar Disorder
  • Experiencing dysthymia (persistently feeling low)
  • Heavily (clinically) depressed

Do I have a problem with depression? If any of these signs of depression are resonating with you – you can do this quick depression test to raise your awareness.


Depression treatment

What happens in treatment?

We offer a combination of medical, therapeutic and skills-based counselling for those wanting to understand and overcome depression. The team can help you regain control over your thoughts and give you the skills you need to avert crises in the future.

A comprehensive approach to the treatment of depression is used at the hospital. All treatment programs work with underlying core issues, trauma, and family dynamics, which may have fuelled the development of the present problems, at the same time as addressing the depressive symptoms.

Clients are taken on a therapeutic journey of discovery where they gain greater understanding of how their life has reached this situation, and the steps that they can take to recover and move forward.

Reaching out to talk about the problem with people who specialise in the treatment of depression is the next step. To make this step as easy as we can, South Pacific Private offers a free comprehensive assessment during which the issues are discussed and you learn about the treatment options and resources available.

How will depression be diagnosed? A Client Care Team representative will talk to you and ask a number of questions that will help us to assess your situation and to provide you with insight into the next possible steps.

From this point, an experienced member of our clinical team will make a recommendation for a treatment plan, which will be communicated to you in addition to any admission details.

Take the first step today by contacting the Client Care Team on 1800 063 332 or emailing info@southpacificprivate.com.au

South Pacific Private is here to help when you or someone you love experiences difficulties with addictions, trauma or with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

CATH: I had a choice in my life, to die or to do something. I was depressed. I hated my guts. I thought I was worthless and everyone’s problem. I didn’t know what a normal life was. I had to do something about it.


Find out if you have a problem

The goal of our self-tests is not to provide you with a diagnosis for yourself or for someone you care about. Instead, they are an opportunity for you to better understand how a behaviour might be impacting upon your life or the life of your family. Use these tests to enhance your awareness of what the problem might be. These tests should be answered honestly in order to provide accurate insight and are a chance for you to reflect upon the current situation.


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