Mood Disorders Day Program
This program is specifically designed for patients with depression and offers support, psycho-education and skills development to effectively manage symptoms and to improve the quality and enjoyment in life. It is an 8-12 week course and both days are compulsory. In this supportive group there is an opportunity to practice implementing these skills. Participants are also given assistance in developing a weekly plan for achieving goals that are related to meaningful areas of life.
The Mood Disorders day program covers issues that have been identified by research as being important in the onset and maintenance of depressed mood. These issues include:
- Difficulty with motivation and activation.
- Grief and loss.
- Self esteem.
- Depression about being depressed.
- Unhelpful thinking.
- Relationship satisfaction.
- Acceptance of painful feelings.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are used to cover issues central to the onset and maintenance of depression, including poor motivation, negative thinking, low self esteem, relationship satisfaction and loss. Emphasis is placed on the provision of a warm, supportive and encouraging environment.