Depression is a mental health condition that affects over 10% of people worldwide, but in spite of its prevalence it’s often misunderstood. This is because the symptoms aren’t always obvious. Depression manifests itself in the thoughts and feelings of a sufferer, making it difficult to perceive the effects if you aren’t suffering from it yourself.

It’s often a long-term illness that can show itself in many different ways but, with the right help and guidance, can be treated. At Riverview Manor we understand that every individual’s journey to recovery is different and therefore we offer professional treatments in a safe, tranquil environment, tailored to every patient’s needs.

What is depression?

Depressive disorders include major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and substance/medication-induced depressive disorder. The common feature for all of these disorders is the presence of sad and empty feelings, which affects a person’s ability to live a healthy and enjoyable life.

We all have periods during which we feel low, but depression is more than just feeling down or miserable for a day or two. A person with depression may experience spells of feeling persistently sad and empty for weeks or months at an end, which can be incredibly debilitating.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Although it is largely dependent on the individual, depression manifests itself in feelings of:

  •       Sadness
  •       Anger
  •       Guilt
  •       Hopelessness

There are also symptoms related to behaviour that include:

  •       Social withdrawal
  •       Lack of energy
  •       Low motivation
  •       Poor concentration
  •       Sleep problems
  •       Significant change in appetite

Finally, symptoms related to thoughts include:

  •          Poor self esteem
  •          Thoughts of suicide
  •          Loss of interest in regular activities

Sometimes the person can also experience irritability and anxiety with the symptoms listed above.

What are the causes of depression?

It isn’t always easy to pinpoint the direct causes of depression, because many different things can have an influence on your mood. Yet it is believed that changes to hormones, called neurotransmitters, that are integral to the functioning of the brain, play a major role. Hormones are not neurotransmitters. Such factors may include genetics, changes in hormone levels, medication or chemical changes in the brain.

Life-changing events, like losing your job; or environmental factors, like living with financial stress, could also bring about depression.

It should also be noted that people with a family history of depression have a greater chance of experiencing it.

However, it is entirely possible that a person could suffer from depression without experiencing any of the above-mentioned factors.

Available treatments at Riverview

The multi-professional staff at Riverview Manor have the experience and skills to cater to the needs of each and every person that comes through our doors. Our treatments focus on the holistic and integrative, and are adapted to the needs of our clients.

How long will treatment take?

Effectively dealing with the difficulties of depression is a process that can’t be rushed. Our 21-day programme, which is also planned according to duration of what medical schemes cover, focuses on providing clients with the life skills and strategies to overcome the challenges they will encounter on the road to recovery.

Contact us to find out more about our treatments. We’d be happy to assist any way we can.

Why choose Riverview Manor?

Riverview’s programme is psychotherapeutically based and incorporates traditional and modern approaches. It is constantly updated to maintain relevance and in keep with the latest research findings.


The program includes:

  •       Individual Therapy
  •       12 Steps
  •       Group Therapy
  •       Craft
  •       Relapse Prevention
  •       Medical Lectures
  •       Reflection
  •       Relaxation
  •       Life Management
  •       Psycho Education
  •       Physical Activities
  •       Spiritual Recreation
  •       Mindfulness

How to enrol in the program

If you wish to contact Riverview Manor regarding an inquiry or wish to enrol in our programme you can contact us on 033 710 1911, or you can fill in your details in the form provided.

The Atmosphere

We offer treatment for:

Therapies  Addiction
Therapies  Anorexia
Therapies  Anxiety
Therapies   Bipolar
Therapies   Bulimia
Therapies   Burnout
Therapies  Depression
Therapies  Dual Disorders
Therapies   Overeating
Therapies   Self Harm
Therapies   Substance Abuse
Therapies   Trauma
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