After a difficult day, feeling down, sad or melancholy is a typical human experience. And people of all ages experience grief when they go through a loss or life crisis. Others live with a crippling sadness that doesn’t fade away and affects every aspect of their lives. If you fall into this third category, you may very well know that depression is not just sadness. It’s a mental health disorder that can be treated.
There is a lot of advice on treating depression, from simple lifestyle changes to significant, overarching transformations. And maybe you have tried a few of these. This is common, but it doesn’t always work.
Some people with depression self-medicate through alcohol or drugs. Others just hope it goes away. But if left untreated, depression can linger and become worse. It can impact your personal and professional lives and relationships.
What Is Depression?
Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It feels like constant unhappiness, numbness and loss of interest. Depression affects how you feel, think and behave. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Often, it keeps you from completing daily tasks. It can make you feel like life isn’t worth living.
It’s common for friends and loved ones to try and cheer you up if you seem sad. With depression, you cannot simply snap out of it. Feeling better may require long-term treatment.
What to Expect at P.A.T.H Outpatient Treatment Programs
We treat depression and a wide range of mental health issues that may accompany the disorder. Our treatment plans are personalized and focus on outpatient treatment options that may include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Psychiatric medication, if needed
- Alternative approaches
- An aftercare plan
Individual therapy is often the first treatment recommended for clients with depression. Our counselors are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy approaches that help address the emotional pain and dysfunctional thinking that fuel depression. Your counselor will help you identify the core of the issue that could be prompting your depression. You’ll learn ways to work through these issues and cope in a healthy manner. In individual therapy, you can expect:
- A better understanding of your behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to your depressed state
- Uncovering the life problems or events that contribute to your depression
- An understanding of which aspects of the problem you may be able to solve or improve
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life
- Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills
While individual behavioral therapy will help you better understand yourself, group settings will help you better understand and relate to others. In group therapy, you’ll meet regularly in small groups to share experiences and learn from others with the same struggles. This can help you gain a new understanding of your problems and often helps people cope. You’ll learn better social and personal skills in group therapy. And a lifelong benefit is the genuine peer-to-peer connections you’ll build.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Depression and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand. Depression leads some to drink or abuse drugs to lift their mood or cope with negative feelings.
There is one big problem with mixing substances with depression: They only escalate feelings of sadness or lethargy. Alcohol does this quickly because it’s a depressant. Someone without depression can develop the disorder through drug and alcohol use.
Every member of the P.A.T.H. team is trained in treating co-occurring disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment utilizes evidence-based therapy models. Some models include:
- Individual therapy for depression
- Individual therapy for substance abuse
- Group therapy for both co-occurring disorders
- A family therapy treatment program
- You’ll also meet with our psychiatric team to determine if medication is a useful complement to your treatment
Medications for Depression
Sometimes medications are necessary to overcome symptoms of depression. Antidepressants are used to treat depression by improving how your brain chemistry controls your mood or stress. Not every medicine works the same for every person. Our medically-trained staff will monitor your depression symptoms and any medications you’re prescribed. They will change the medication or dosage until they find the best fit for you.
Walk-in Diagnostic Assessment for Depression Therapy
Our goal is to help you heal, and that’s not always easy. Depression can make it hard to complete everyday tasks such as eating or bathing. So getting help can seem like a looming task. At our P.A.T.H locations, we want to meet you wherever you are, no matter how deep your depression may feel.
Each of our P.A.T.H. centers offers walk-in needs assessments to help your healing get on track. Our walk-in diagnostic assessments include biological, psychological and socio-environmental evaluations. From there, we help build a comprehensive treatment plan to suit your unique needs.
We Can Help You Heal
If you are or a loved one needs help with your depression, our P.A.T.H Centers of Excellence can work with you to find hope and healing. Call us today at 888.622.7809 for a free, confidential consultation. Our caring recovery specialists will help find a P.A.T.H location close to you and discuss your treatment options.