What we do
Depression treatment at The Bay
Unfortunately, Australian’s understand little about depression and why people suffer from this debilitating condition. It’s common to think that your loved one is experiencing depression due to their level of alcohol or substance use, however most commonly, depression is the reason that people are overusing alcohol. That is, individuals that are presenting at drug and alcohol rehabs are nearly always masking an underlying mental health condition such as depression, with substances, a phenomena know as self-medicating. If you or your loved one is experiencing substance use problems, they are more than likely experiencing a mental health issue and are unaware of it.
There are a number of reasons that contribute to people experience depression. Apart from biological reasons such a brain chemistry, the primary reason people experience depression are burnout, family and environmental problems and life events such as grief and stress. When considering why you or your loved one is experiencing depression it’s important to look at what has changed in their environment or have they been experiencing significant stress.
When treating depression The Bay team conduct an analysis of the reasons for the depression, or the function of depression in a person’s life. Depression can have a number of functions, however, one of the most common causes of depression is a response to stressful life events, where the brain and nervous system is having difficulty processing and coping. The purpose of depression is the body’s natural response to complex emotional states that the brain is finding difficult to process and move through. Depression allows the brain to slow down and start the process of disentangling complex emotions and provide meaning for challenging life events such as trauma, and grief and loss.
The primary focus of The Bay team is to help our guests to understand the significance of what has taken place in their internal and external worlds and why the brain has shut down. This is done through deep individual therapy with our psychological team and at times and where appropriate input from our medical team. Our team will not only support you but where appropriate will also assist family members and loved ones to understand the source of your intense suffering and teach you how to support your loved one on their return home.
In conjunction to a psychological approach The Bay team understands the importance of having fun during the program. Our clients are encouraged to participate in activities such as surfing, horse riding, hinterland bush walks, bike ride, music, tennis, golf, scuba diving and a wide range of other activities that engage our clients with nature and assist in the process of improving one’s mood and experience of the world.
Along with our medical and therapeutic programs, creativity is a focus of The Bay programs. We encourage our clients to explore and reconnect with their passions that may have been lost, to discover new passions and reawaken an appreciation for life, family, and their own inner strength.
Depression is a mood disorder that has the ability to interfere with mental, physical, and emotional functioning. Debilitating and often multi-faceted, depression can have several causes and triggers and often coexist alongside anxiety and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Negative thinking cycles, vicious cycles of procrastination, guilt, regret, and self-loathing are all experienced on a deep schematic level and run deeper than just ‘having an off day or feeling flat’.
For some people with Depression, an unrelenting sadness or an embodied feeling of being ‘entirely numb’ can propel the individual to seek professional support or, worse, engage in other forms of self-medication while trying to cope with or suppress their feelings and thoughts. In today’s society, most people are familiar with the range of symptoms common to depression, but it can be difficult for someone not suffering from it to understand just how debilitating depression can be.
How do I know if I am Depressed?
- Your thoughts consumed with negative thinking patterns
- You carry around persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness
- Your eating behaviours have changed
- You have suicide ideation and plan out ways to end your suffering
- You lost interest in what once brought you enjoyment
- You are physically fatigued and struggle with energy
- You experience sleeping issues such as trouble falling to sleep or oversleeping and not wanting to get out of bed
- You isolate from everyone and everything
Depression severely impacts on your ability to function in daily life, at work, in relationships, your health and wellbeing. For some people, depression becomes life threatening.
Evidence-Based Treatments for Depression
Clinical understanding of depression has grown immensely in recent years and yet, because each case is so unique, a generic treatment model is unlikely to succeed. At The Bay, we use the most current, evidence-based practice to offer you a completely individualised treatment program for depression.
Across our programs, we employ a trauma-informed model of care that allows all of our staff, from medical and psychological practitioners, allied health and care staff, to work sensitively with you, and offer you what you need when you need it.
When you are ready to leave us, we will provide you with a comprehensive Aftercare plan. Your confidentiality, safety, and healing are our priorities.
Your Tailored Depression Treatment Program
The Bay team will tailor your program to include a range of evidence-based therapeutic methods that include traditional Western psychological and integrative medical practice, and Eastern mindfulness techniques. Because depression is about the whole person, not just your thoughts and feelings, we include holistic treatments such as relaxation, massage, acupuncture, yoga and meditation.
It’s no secret that we all have a difficult time relinquishing control over the way we think things should be and we hold on tightly to certain expectations. This can cause excessive worry, obsessing about things and allow fear and doubt to take over at times leading to depression and anxiety.
When working with your therapist you will learn that in order to be successful in your recovery, sometimes you will be encouraged to surrender to the healing process. For many of us this can be confused with not trying or giving up. However, surrender means we stop resisting our intuition and start listening to what guides us internally. We stop trying to control outcomes with loved ones and placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves. We learn to understand the inner critic that drives us, or paralyses us, and take steps to manage this part of us rather than this part managing our actions and relationships.
Surrender means taking it a little easier with ourselves and being gentle, kinder and understanding how to be more supportive of ourselves. The more we can give up our need for control, which is generally based in fear, the more we open ourselves to healing, and the more you are able to be guided by The Bay team.
Surrender means we are in alignment with our true selves and our intentions to do things differently, we’re achieving balance and harmony with ourselves rather than dysfunction and self-destructive cycles of behaviour.