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Depression Treatment

Depression Treatment at Promises

Depression is a devastating but treatable condition. Our treatments for depression are evidence-based and effective. It’s possible to experience joy again. We can help: 844-876-5568

What Is Inpatient Depression Treatment Like?

Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. The underlying contributors of depression are different as well. That’s why we tailor the types of therapies to your individual situation. Promises’ mental health professionals draw on traditional and alternative approaches. We create an individualized treatment plan around these central components:

Behavioral Therapy With Mental Health Professionals

One-on-one counseling with a therapist will help you address issues that fuel depression. Biological and genetic factors can contribute to depression, but there are environmental factors as well. Issues like past trauma, stress and substance abuse can lead to depressive symptoms. A trained mental health professional will help you tackle these issues.  They may draw on approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy to help you change negative thought patterns. You may take part in trauma therapies like EMDR if you’re struggling with PTSD rooted in past difficulties. A form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly effective for treating depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you replace negative thinking patterns and beliefs with more constructive ones. Your therapist may use cognitive behavioral therapy as a way to help you develop long-term skills for healthy living.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

Substance abuse and depression often go hand-in-hand. Data shows people that abuse substances are four times more likely to be depressed. You may abuse alcohol or drugs to soothe your depressive symptoms. Perhaps substance abuse is contributing to your depressive symptoms. Whichever came first, our addiction specialists will help you recover from drug and alcohol abuse. Promises offers medical detox if necessary.

Medical treatment for alcohol and drug detox includes:

  • 24/7 monitoring by our medical team
  • Prescribed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms
  • Comfortable setting

You’ll learn about triggers that drive you to abuse substances. We’ll teach you healthy coping skills so you can navigate these triggers successfully after treatment. We’ll also introduce you to support groups like the 12 Steps.

Group Therapy With Peers in Treatment

Connecting with others who share similar struggles can be transforming. Group therapy helps you feel less alone in your struggles. Mental health professional provide expert guidance as you interact with peers. Group therapy can also serve as a mirror of sorts. You may see yourself in others. You’ll also gain a better understanding of how others perceive you. You may find similar relationship issues outside of treatment surface in group therapy. This form of treatment gives you an opportunity to work through those issues with professional help.

Regular Psychiatric Care

Depression can stem from imbalances in brain chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine.  These are chemicals that help regulate your mood. We’ll assess your depressive symptoms to determine if antidepressant medication may help. If you’re already taking prescribed medication, we’ll make sure it’s working effectively. We may change your dosage or try a different medication for depression if appropriate.

Types of antidepressant medication include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs)
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Promises’ psychiatric team will determine if your depressive symptoms are decreasing and make adjustments.

Family-Focused Care

Mental illness and substance abuse impact loved ones. Promises’ treatment options include family therapy. You and your loved ones will learn how to better communicate. You’ll address difficult topics with the guidance of a mental health professional. Family therapy can help you learn how to best support each other.

Comfortable Environment

We believe effective treatment is also comfortable. Our residences are far from a a stark hospital setting. Bedrooms and gathering areas are complete with comfy furnishings and warm decor. Promises’ treatment programs are located in stunning natural areas. You’ll enjoy soothing views of nature as you do the work of recovery.

Post-Treatment Planning

You’ll adopt a healthy lifestyle you can continue after treatment. We’ll connect you with resources to support your recovery journey. Aftercare planning may include:

  • Scheduling appointments with a doctor or therapist
  • Setting up appointments with a psychiatrist
  • Connecting you with sober-living residences
  • Educating you about support groups in your area

Why Consider Residential Depression Treatment Centers?

Outpatient care often provides effective treatment for depression. Inpatient treatment could be necessary in severe depression cases. Research finds that inpatient depression treatment is especially effective in cases of severe depression when it co-occurs with other disorders. Consider inpatient treatment programs if you can relate to the following situations:

  • Severe depression that doesn’t get better with outpatient treatment
  • You have co-occurring issues such as:
    • Substance abuse
    • An eating disorder like bulimia or binge eating disorder
    • An anxiety disorder like panic disorder or social anxiety
    • A personality disorder
    • Sex addiction
    • Compulsive gambling
    • Somatic disorders (physical symptoms like pain or fatigue)
  • You’re engaging in self-harm behaviors like cutting
  • You’ve thought about or attempted suicide
  • You’re unable to function in everyday life, which may include:
    • Jeopardizing your job or school status
    • Straining relationships
    • Neglecting self-care

Left untreated, people with depressive symptoms may be at more risk for other problems, such as:

  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • Social isolation
  • Problems at work or school

An inpatient depression treatment center provides intensive, research-backed care. It offers space away from life’s stressors so you can focus on getting better.

About Depression


Around one in six people will experience depression at some point in their lives. Women are much more likely than men to receive treatment for depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates:

  • 16.2 million adults in the US experience at least one major depressive episode
  • 8.5% of  women experience a major depressive disorder episode compared to 4.8% of men
  • People ages 18-25 are most likely to experience a major depressive disorder episode
  • 64% of adults who experience a major depressive disorder episode also experience severe impairment
  • 44% of people with depressive symptoms visit a health care professional and receive antidepressant medication
  • 6% of people with depressive symptoms only receive medication for depression
  • 37% of adults with major depressive disorder episodes don’t receive treatment

The good news is that depression is highly treatable. Most people who receive appropriate treatment and follow-up care get better. Sometimes they enjoy a complete remission of their symptoms.

How Is Depression Treated?

Although treatment outcomes are strong, less than half of people with this mental illness get help. Many treatments can relieve depression symptoms. Arguably the most effective treatment for depression is cognitive behavioral therapy People with depression and related disorders show much improvement with a combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. One clinical trial shows exercise and antidepressants to be a highly effective combination as well.

Some people turn to alternative medicine for depression with varying success. One study found promising results with some alternative medicine approaches. These include St. John’s Wart and exercise. Folic acid supplements and omega-3 fatty acids also seem to relieve depression to some degree. Ketamine may help treatment-resistant depression. One clinical trial found some people see results in as little as one day. Further research is needed to back up alternative medicine as an effective treatment for depression.

What Causes Depression?

Depression is a mental illness. Depression has both internal and external factors. Many people have a genetic predisposition to depression (internal). Sometimes this is enough to bring on depressive symptoms. Other times external factors trigger depressives symptoms. External factors can bring about depression in someone who doesn’t have a genetic predisposition as well. External factors may include:

  • Traumatic event like rape, natural disaster or violence
  • Complex trauma like childhood abuse or neglect
  • Chronic illness
  • Conditions that can throw off the brain’s balance of serotonin and norepinephrine like:
    • An eating disorder
    • Substance abuse
    • Compulsive sexual behaviors
    • Compulsive gambling

Dual Diagnosis of Depression and Addiction

Substance abuse is common in people suffering from depression. When depression goes untreated, people often turn to drugs or alcohol to manage their feelings. But substances provide only a temporary escape from the pain. When the bad feelings return, a vicious cycle can set in that leads to addiction.

Promises’ evidence-based approaches to treating co-occurring substance abuse and depression is one of the hallmarks that distinguishes our program from other depression treatment centers.

Types of Depression

There are several types of depressive disorders. Symptoms range from mild (though still disabling) to severe. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) categorizes these as:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)– Clinical depression might occur only once. More typically, several episodes happen over a lifetime. It’s a disabling condition that interferes with your ability to function in everyday life. Major depressive disorder may occur spontaneously, without apparent reason. It may also be brought on by events like:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Illness
  • Other drastic life changes

Some people with clinical depression may feel that life is no longer worth living. People with major depression may benefit from a residential stay at a depression treatment center. Sometimes symptoms do not get better with outpatient therapy.

Persistent Depression Disorder – This mental health disorder is also known as dysthymia. It’s less severe than major depression but involves the same disorder symptoms. Persistent depression disorder causes a low mood for two years or longer. People with persistent depression can function, but they are never at their best.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – This type of depression occurs at particular times of the year. People may experience depressive symptoms in the fall and winter when the days grow shorter. Depressive symptoms typically lift in the spring. Some people have mild symptoms. Other people experience symptoms that interfere with their relationships and work responsibilities.

Bipolar Disorder – This mental disorder is also known as manic depression. Bipolar disorder brings about mood changes that cycle from extreme highs to extreme lows. The time between mood shifts varies from a few times a year to several times a week. It’s a disruptive condition that can cause significant problems in everyday life.

Postpartum Depression – Postpartum depression brings about a number of symptoms following the birth of a child, including:

  • Worthlessness
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fears about hurting yourself or your child
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

Many new mothers feel some sadness after giving birth. Anyone who experiences these kinds of feelings should seek professional help from a doctor or therapist immediately.

Situational Depression – This mental health condition is also known as adjustment disorder. Situational depression results from problems with a particular situation. Among the main causes of situational depression are:

  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Involvement in an accident
  • Being involved in a crime
  • Developing a serious illness

It is not classified as an official mental disorder, but if it is left untreated, situational depression can progress to major depression.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

Depression is a chronic illness that can have both emotional and physical symptoms. Depression is more severe and longer lasting than a short bout of the blues. Depressive symptoms may include:

  • Persistent sad, empty mood
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Pulling away from others, isolating
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression disorder symptoms can be severe. You may be able to pinpoint a situation that is causing depression. Depression may also be an unexplained feeling of general unhappiness. The mental illness manifests in different ways in different people. Some of the factors that influence its onset include:

  • Genetics
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Physical health
  • Co-occurring disorders

Take Back Your Life

Your problems have solutions.  If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of depression and/or struggling with alcohol or other drugs, don’t wait to reach out for help. Call Promises today: 844-876-5568

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