CBT - DEPRESSION PROGRAM
While anyone can feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people
experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time and often without
reason. Feelings of depression can have a significant impact on a person's
ability to function in everyday life.
Research has shown that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an effective
means of treating mood disorders, including depression. CBT is centred on
helping people to change the way they think (the cognitive) and the way they act
(the behaviour). By teaching new skills, the program increases a person's
ability to manage their symptoms and achieve emotional stability.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The primary treatment involves attending eight group sessions. These
sessions are designed to complement the individual treatment patients receive
from their psychiatrist or GP. The key skills targeted include:
- understanding how thinking and behaviours affect feelings
- identifying negative and harmful thinking
- coping skills
- stress management
- relapse prevention.
On completion of the primary treatment sessions, continuing support and
management is available through subsequent review sessions. These
sessions provide reinforcement of knowledge and application of CBT
strategies. This assists the person to maintain their health in the community and prevent future relapse.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE PROGRAM?
Entry into Toowong Private Hospital's CBT - Depression Program is through referral from the person's treating psychiatrist or GP. If your GP or psychiatrist does not have admitting and clinical privileges at TPH, an assessment with a TPH psychiatrist is arranged. Entry is based on the person’s clinical need, assessment and, their willingness and capacity to participate.
People attending the program are day patients meaning that they attend the program during the day and return to their own home at the conclusion of each day’s session. Alternatively, if clinically appropriate, the person may commence treatment whilst an inpatient as part of their discharge plan and complete the program as a day patient following discharge.