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May 2016

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week

May 22 – 28 is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week.
Depression and Anxiety are amongst the most common mental health issues affecting us these days. Depression is categorised as a ‘mood’ disorder and there are many types of mood disorders. The same applies to Anxiety, there are many types of anxiety disorder that can affect us. One of them is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or OCD for short) is a type of anxiety disorder where obsessions, like a fear something bad may happen to someone, is accompanied by compulsive behaviour or action. A person, for example, might think something bad will happen but if they clap their hands three times that bad thing won’t happen.

During OCD Awareness Week Australia’s peak mental health organisations will be holding events to raise awareness of this often misunderstood condition. You can learn more about OCD from one of those organisations, Wayahead here.

Like so many mental health conditions, there is often a great deal of shame in having the condition. In the case of OCD, the shame and added anxiety felt about having it often increases the severity of the condition.

Australia’s major depression and anxiety awareness organisation beyoundblue explain that the consequent secrecy associated with having CD can cause a delay in its diagnosis and treatment. There is a wider understanding of the additional suffering caused by delayed diagnosis and treatment of Anxiety and Depression. People with OCD find themselves in the same situation. Like so many mental health conduction, OCD can also result in social isolation, beyondlue explain, such as children failing to attend school or adults becoming housebound and, family and friends can be affected as well.

The good news is that OCD is treatable and new research shows that good support networks from family and play an important part in treatment.

Getting back to nature for a therapeutic experience

It didn’t take long for our newest visitor to settle in at Retreat South, even if this koala prefers a gum tree to one of our luxury suites.

With our location in the countryside, a visit to Retreat South from a koala can be a normal event. Located in the beautiful countryside near the historic town of Port Fairy, Retreat South is amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery alongs Victoria’s ocean coast. There are fascinating geological sites, stunning scenery and plenty of Australian wildlife.

If you don’t see a koala make a home in a tree somewhere in the grounds, you are sure to see one not too far away. Kangaroos and wallabies are often seen in the bushland around Retreat South and along the coast there are penguin colonies while whales are regular sight as well.

The countryside and natural landscapes around Retreat South plays an important part in your therapeutic experience during your stay. They provide a peaceful and calming environment for you as you establish your path to recovery and wellness.

Privacy is another important factor in creating a therapeutic environment and the open, natural spaces surrounding Retreat South provide that private environment away from the crowds and busy and bustling city.

If you want to explore the countryside as part of your therapeutic experience a range of nature park and reserves are close by and provide a stunning experience at any time of the year.