Depression – What Is It?

Depression is a condition characterised by prolonged feelings of sadness or despondency that significantly interfere with the sufferer’s everyday life. It is often typified by feelings of hopelessness and low self-worth. A person with depression can find it difficult to maintain interest, perform daily functions and feel any joy or satisfaction with life. 

What Causes Depression?

There is no single, but multiple causes of depression and psychiatrists believe it is more likely to be a combination of different influences such as biological factors (genetics, hormones or a chemical imbalance) and environmental factors (traumatic life events or situations).

Ongoing depression can result in an inability to maintain relationships, social withdrawal or an increase in addictive behaviours or unhealthy coping mechanisms.

When the repercussions of depression begin to escalate, sufferers can become even more helpless and unable to see a way out of their situation.

Symptoms of Depression

If you or someone you know thinks they might be suffering from depression, common symptoms to look out for include:

A life-changing transformation

Nobody knows what it’s like to be you (and that’s totally ok).

When faced with depression, it can be hard to enjoy a “normal”, fulfilling life. It can even be a struggle to do everyday things that most people seem to handle with ease.

There’s nothing wrong, you simply need a way to get back to basics and rebuild healthy foundations of confidence and fulfilment. As well as learning how to develop a range of beneficial observational tools and coping mechanisms.

At Palladium Private Health Retreat, you can step out of your normal life and focus completely on yourself and your wellbeing. With comfortable surroundings and friendly professional staff, we take a holistic approach to your mental health needs – giving you the tools and the support for a complete life transformation.

Talk about anything and everything with
your own personal psychotherapists

At Palladium Private, our approach to depression is completely different from any treatment  you may have tried before. We assist you to identify and address the core underlying cause of your depression and teach you how to initiate a new way of thinking based on objectivity and reality.

We believe in the mind-body connection, so while we work on your body with massage
therapy, personal training and healthful meals, we work with you on your mindset to complete the holistic, integrative approach to mental health.

Our team of wonderful and diversely qualified psychotherapists will help you address the events and experiences that occurred in your life leading to this point in time.

Through our structured program of one-on-one psychotherapy sessions using a range of specifically tailored, evidence based methodologies, you will receive the clarity you’re after and the tools to move forward and beyond.

Treatments for Depression

The good news is there are treatments and recovery support services for depression, available. There are a range of therapies and lifestyle improvements which, alone or in combination, can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression and help sufferers to come out of themselves and reconnect with the world.


Psychological treatments are about helping clients identify damaging thoughts and behaviours and change their deep core beliefs and automatic thinking patterns so they’re better able to cope with the stressors in life.

Types of psychological treatment for depression include:

A treatment based on helping clients recognise that the way they think and act affects how they feel. It involves identifying those negative thought and behaviour patterns that make them more likely to be depressed and teaching them to change them to positive and realistic ones.
Therapy that focuses on a client’s personal relationships and teaches them the skills they need to deal with relationship problems. It helps them to identify patterns in their relationships that make them more vulnerable to depression and to find new ways to improve their relationships and get along better with others.
Like CBT, it helps clients to identify the negative thoughts and attitudes that lead to depression, but unlike CBT, it doesn’t teach them to change those thoughts, but rather teaches them to focus on other thoughts that are more pleasant and rewarding.
This treatment is normally given in groups and involves mindfulness meditation, which teaches clients to focus on the present moment. This can teach them to recognise the warning signs early and to prevent their minds from returning to unpleasant thoughts and feelings.


Treatments other than psychological therapies can sometimes be beneficial for sufferers of depression. These can be used alone or in conjunction with therapy and they include exercise and massage therapy.

Regular exercise can increase the brain’s serotonin levels, which regulate mood, sleep, libido and appetite. Exercise can also increase the level of endorphins, which have proven mood-elevating properties. Exercise can also increase energy, improve sleep, provide a social outlet, and increase a person’s sense of control and self-esteem.

Massage therapy is also known to be beneficial for people suffering from depression because it reduces the levels of stress hormones in the brain such as adrenaline and cortisol which can trigger or exacerbate depression. It also produces chemical changes in the brain that result in a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing, which provides a distraction from negative thoughts and helps the client to focus on pleasant and positive emotions.

Seeking Support at Palladium Private Health Treatment

At Palladium Private, our approach to depression is completely different from anything you may have tried before. We assist you to identify and address the core cause of your depression and teach you how to initiate a new way of thinking based on objectivity and reality.

Our qualified therapists are skilled in helping you pinpoint the incorrect beliefs that trigger your depression. This process begins by teaching you techniques for observing an emotion after a depressive feeling is activated.

We can help you overcome a variety of challenges

Our personally tailored, holistic and integrative programs are designed to empower you to deal with
issues in your life including:

Chronic Depression

Antenatal and Postpartum Depression

Depression in the Elderly

Depression in the Physically Ill/Injured

Achieve the change that you’d like to see

Whatever you’d like to achieve whilst at Palladium Private, we can help you do it. We will give you the tools to get through the day, without the need to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

If you can commit to the following, you will significantly improve the long term success of your program:


Everything is done for you

(so you can focus on you)


With a maximum of 18 guests at any one time, we offer a range of comfortable private or shared accommodation options to suit your budget

Chef-prepared Meals

Healthy, delicious and nutritious meals are a core pillar of our BioPsychoSocial program. Clean food intake helps your body regulate your emotional state

Communication & Personal Development Workshops

In our psychotherapist-led communication and topic groups, you’ll learn how to feel comfortable within yourself again, whilst improving your relationships

Teachings & Practice

Our program includes a variety of mindfulness practices such as holistic stress reduction and mood therapies. These therapies are a combination of one-on-one and group activities

Yoga Therapy

Get your body and mind feeling wonderfully aligned and energised with our certified yoga instructor's one-on-one tuition

Personal Training

We have personal trainers who work with you to help rebuild yourself physically and mentally, giving you the confidence to take on each day with vigour

Art Therapy

Release tension and anxieties whilst learning to express your emotions and experiences through art with the assistance of qualified art therapists

Massage Therapy

Professional massage therapists will take away the stress and anxiety from your body while you are working on your mind - leaving you feeling wonderful

You’ll be safe and supported with us

With just 18 guest spots available in our program, a careful screening process and individual support on hand when you need it, we will make you feel as comfortable as possible. We have designed our program and retreat in the ultimate way for you to completely ‘reset’, whilst empowering you to take on your life again with new-found confidence and tools to forge the better life you deserve.

It’s all about helping you to become self-contented, with the shackles from your past no longer affecting your present and your future.

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We welcome you to contact our Admissions Team to discuss your specific needs and begin the journey towards full recovery. To get in touch, simply call the number below, or enter your details on this form and we’ll contact you back very soon.