There are lots of ways to describe depression, the physical signs are pretty clear. Extreme sadness, lethargy, self doubt and damning thoughts, anxiety, lack of motivation and concentration, lack of enjoyment, changes in sleep patterns, appetite and libido, isolation, feeling 'under the weather' with a flu that will not go away, repeated Infections, pain and self harm. The explanations are long but knowing the symptoms is a different matter to forgiving yourself or your loved one for being depressed. It is difficult to accept that you are 'legimately ill' and not add to the already poor view you have of yourself or others. This really impedes healing.
At Depression and Anxiety Retreats, in addition to CBT to improve your functioning and address negative patterns, we practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy . The aim is to help our clients really focus, often for the first time, on the wonderful things about them, building a path to the knowledge that it is okay to be you and even that it is a wonderful thing to be you! To commit to being you is a True Achievement that opens you up to a more successful, functional and most importantly, a unique and wonderful life.
Quite simply, life is worth living but you won't have evidence of that if you have a noisy mind that won't let you thrive. This is why we teach Cognitive Mindfulness. To practice the quieting of your mind is difficult particularly in relaxing situations! When was the last time you tried to relax in a warm bath with soft light and a favorite scent or song? Did your mind quiet much or did it take the opportunity to become even louder and talk to you about work, about worries or self doubts? This is why we specifically combine meditative and mindfulness training with wonderful alternative therapies designed to induce peace and relaxation. Whatever treatment you choose each day will be assigned to practice the mindfulness skills you are taught in the day's session. Be it a massage, reflexology or a traditional Balinese facial; the island is known for its healing therapies.
The term OCD has become quite a popular way of describing perfectionist behavior. People often say they are 'a bit OCD' about one thing or another, such as checking keys, order and symmetry, cleanliness etc. This is all within the normal functional range of behavior. These things can indeed be useful to a degree, and many of us function quite well with and because of our 'quirks'.
Unfortunately, OCD is not a casual thing. It is often a severe and debilitating anxiety disorder. Imagine not being able to hold a much beloved baby daughter because you have intrusive thoughts, images and sometimes even an impulse to drop her? Imagine that causing severe anxiety, terror even. What would you do? Would you avoid holding her? Would you ever get over the fear that you could be a danger to your child? Would you torture yourself for ever having 'bad thoughts'? Would you begin to worry that you might hurt other children? Would you also avoid nephews, nieces, playgrounds, schools, cinemas and restaurants until there was nowhere left to go without terror? Would you lock yourself in your room at night to ensure you don't have an uncontrollable urge to act out your intrusive thoughts? Would you worry that you may do something and not remember it?
This is the waking nightmare of OCD. Be it obsessions about germs, checking, order, perfection, hurting others or jealousy, OCD works on a system of bodily fear maintained by disturbing thoughts and avoidant behaviors.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older, or 18% of the population (National Institute of Mental Health) In the UK, In any one year, it is estimated that one in four people will experience a mental health problem and that of these, mixed anxiety and depression are the most common (NICE, UK). So you see, it is incredibly common. CBT for anxiety disorders teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety–producing and fearful situations. CBT can also help people learn and practice social skills, which is vital for treating social anxiety disorder. CBT remains the clinically recommended treatment for anxiety and mood disorders.
Social anxiety disorder is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Some of the most commonly reported social situations — speaking in public, eating or working in front or others, being the center of attention, interacting with people, giving reports or asking questions in groups — can cause extreme nervousness and almost a paralysis by fear. In many cases, even though the person is conscious that the fear is unwarranted or irrational, he or she is unable to overcome it. In addition to these psychological symptoms there are also select physical ones, including blushing, sweating, pounding heart, shaking, muscle tension, upset stomach and diarrhea. As quoted by The National Institute for Mental Health (USA), large–scale studies over the past decade have consistently shown CBT to be the only therapy that can be dependably relied upon to help people overcome clinical anxiety disorders.
Post–traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Accidents, violent personal assaults, natural or human-engendered disasters, and military combat are among the traumatic ordeals that may trigger PTSD.The National Institute for Mental Health, US, states: "Not every traumatized person develops ongoing (chronic) or even short–term (acute) PTSD. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some experiences, like the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD. Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD. The course of the illness varies. Some people recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic." Research shows that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the most effective type of counseling for PTSD and is offered in the US to veterans who are suffering with this condition (National Center for PTSD, USA).
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. CBT, again proven as an effective treatment for chronic sleep problems and is usually recommended as the first line of treatment. Our clinicians have helped many to identify and replace thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen sleep problems with habits that promote sound sleep. Unlike sleeping pills, CBT helps you overcome the underlying causes of your sleep problems.