For an individual suffering from depression, the condition can be debilitating and impact on every area of their lives. Depression is a serious mental illness, but many delay seeking treatment as they feel ashamed or embarrassed of admitting the way that they feel. Depression is more than just simply having an off day or feeling a bit down and it is not just a case of the individual “pulling themselves together” in order to get well. Family and friends may find it hard to comprehend why their loved one is depressed; the person may have everything that money can buy, a loving home environment, or a great career, yet they are unable to feel good about any of these things. They feel that life is pointless, has no direction or motivation, and seems locked in their own little world with a very different perspective on life to that of others. Depression is not uncommon and most individuals will, at some point in their lives suffer from a mild to moderate form of depression. Someone who suffers from depression can feel incredibly isolated and frightened. They may feel like they are only living their life to please others and so wish for a way out. Perhaps they have tried various treatments before, such as anti-depressant medications or counselling, to no avail. At Sanctuary Lodge, we feel we can provide a lasting solution to those suffering with depression. We recognise that you cannot just simply “choose” to be happy, so we offer a comprehensive treatment programme that treats all aspects of depressive illness.
Signs and symptoms of depression
Depression can come in many forms and for many reasons; it can be due to a chemical imbalance, a physical illness, a direct reaction to a life event or a disorder in processing thoughts and emotions. Whatever the reason the illness has developed, there are some signs and symptoms indicating that an individual is suffering from depression and requires professional help. Someone does not necessarily need to suffer from all of these symptoms to be diagnosed as suffering from depression, but they do give a general guideline of what to look out for:
- A continual feeling of sadness and low mood
- Changes to sleep pattern
- Feeling of hopelessness
- No motivation or interest in things
- Changes in appetite
- Feelings of guilt
- Feeling anxious or worried
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Neglecting personal care and responsibilities
Depression can often co-exist with an addiction such as substance abuse. Where this is the case and there is a dual diagnosis present, we will ensure that both illnesses are treated full y with the correct medical and psychological care.