Depression & Stress Related Disorders
Highwood Health Centre has assisted many guests suffering from depres- sion, anxiety, insomnia and other stress-related conditions. Of course, there are many possible contributing lifestyle and other factors that can cause or aggravate depression or anxiety and so treatment regimes will vary between guests. Medication is not normally adjusted unless there are major side-effects or unless sleeping tablets are being reduced. We often liaise with the guest’s GP and send out a discharge letter when the guest leaves.
Higwood’s Programme for treatment of these disorders is based upon the world Renowned Dr Nedley Depression Recovery Programme, that delivers 90% success rate for guests that adhere to the programme requirements. This programme continues for 11 days.
Details of Treatment: A common approach at Highwood for depression involves a combination of education, active treatments and development of a long-term lifestyle plan to assist guests in maintaining optimum mental health after their departurefor home.
For education we use materials from Dr. Neil Nedley’s “Depression Recovery Programme” including his eight DVD sessions and workbook. Exercise, light-therapy, social interaction, counselling consultations, sleep optimisation, relaxing massages, steam saunas and a diet high in helpful nutrients are all common facets of treatment. Sometimes testing is done for Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, thyroid function, magnesium and other blood parameters.
Before the guest leaves we discuss a long term management plan and possible follow up visits or phone consultations.