Depression is a mental illness, which one should not be confused with the short-term emotional distress, anxiety attacks or feeling low, which are also forms of depression. Anyone can feel low for a brief period of time, or have anxiety attacks once in a while, but that does not mean they are suffering from depression. Depression is much more serious than that, and is a persistent feeling of sadness, loneliness, grief, helplessness, and emotional pain. If not treated at the right time, it can lead to a person turning suicidal, and they may try to harm themselves or commit suicide.
We approach clients with depression holistically through various methods to make the treatment effective, and help clients recover from their disruptive mental state sooner. First of all, we listen, understand, analyse and evaluate the problems of the client through talking therapy sessions, and then categorise the depression level medically to define the treatment path to follow. Depression is treatable, and there are many effective treatments available.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioural therapy that is based on Relational Frame Theory, a theory of how human language influences experience and behaviour. ACT aims to change the relationship individuals have with their own thoughts, feelings, memories, and physical sensations that are feared or avoided. Acceptance and mindfulness strategies are used to teach patients to decrease avoidance, attachment to cognitions, and increase focus on the present.
Clients learn to clarify their goals and values and to commit to behavioural change strategies. This treatment has been applied to a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, anger, relationships, phobia, loss and a whole number of disorders.