Depression Treatment South Africa
One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
Clinical depression is now well understood and often easily treatable with a mix of “talk therapy” and medication. Nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek professional help. Stigma, discrimination and depression itself stop us from asking for help.
Symptoms may include:
- Feeling of guilt or worthlessness, negative thinking
- Indecision and lack of concentration
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Greatly reduced interest or pleasure in activities
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Inappropriate agitation
- Weight gain or loss
Most of us keep telling ourselves “it’s not so bad” or “I just need to pull my socks up”. Sometimes we feel we’re maximising the problem in our minds and feel ashamed to ask for help.
Often it’s our family members that have to raise the issue and pressure us to go for an assessment.
Medical Aid / Private Health Insurance pays for depression treatment.
Dual Approach of Depression Treatment South Africa
Depression arises as a result of chemical imbalances in the brain that interact with a style of thinking negatively about oneself. These two causes feed into each other to produce the symptoms of depression.
The chemicals that are disturbed by depression are also responsible for regulating a wide variety of other behaviours. People who are depressed may also struggle with their appetite for food and sex, their activity cycles, and many other basic functions of life.
Depression treatment in South Africa is designed to address both of these causes and will typically include psychiatric assessments, psychotherapy, occupational therapy, and other forms of treatment. Comprehensive depression treatment will help the patient to understand the roots of the illness and to make the adjustments needed to effectively address these core issues.
Psychiatric assessment and depression treatment in South Africa
Depression treatment in South Africa is usually performed in a residential treatment center where patients will live on the property for a few weeks while they receive their depression treatment. The staff are available 24 hours a day to support them through their healing process. Inpatient depression treatment is particularly effective in dealing with major depressive disorder. It is also possible for depression treatment to be conducted in an outpatient setting if the depression is not too severe or has been stabilized by a psychiatrist.
South Africa Depression Treatment is effective, medical aid covers it in full and for patients travelling from abroad its made affordable by the favourable rand exchange rate. If you would like help in choosing an effective depression treatment program please contact us.
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