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Depression

Depression Treatment at Promises

Mental health specialists at Promises deliver exceptional, individualized care to clients suffering from depression. Just as the symptoms and causes of depression vary from person to person, so do the treatment methods that will help them. Using an array of services including cognitive behavioral therapy, medication and alternative treatments, our team of psychiatrists and therapists crafts a plan that incorporates the latest evidence-based depression therapies to meet each client’s needs.

Promises depression treatment centers provide a combination of one-on-one psychotherapy and group therapy, experiential therapies and wellness activities to help our clients recover from the inside out. A form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proven effective in treating depression by helping people replace their negative thinking patterns and beliefs with more constructive ones. In appropriate cases, CBT will be used in combination with antidepressant medication. Since episodes of major depression can recur, an important part of treatment is learning to manage the illness and develop skills for healthy, independent living.

About Depression

On average, one in six people will experience depression at some point in their lives. Women are much more likely than men to develop and receive treatment for depression. The good news is that depression is highly treatable and most people who receive appropriate treatment and follow-up care get better, oftentimes enjoying a complete remission of their symptoms.

Depression is most effectively treated using a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Although treatment outcomes are strong – about 70 percent of people with depression have significant improvements – less than half of people with this illness will get help. Left untreated, people struggling with depression may be at increased risk of other problems, such as substance abuse, relationship issues, social isolation and problems at work or school.

What Causes Depression?

Depression is a brain disease that can be triggered by an external condition, like a traumatic event, or an internal condition, like a chronic illness. It can also develop when someone has too much or too little of certain brain chemicals. A family history of depression increases the risk for developing the illness, but depression can occur in anyone.

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, and 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 with symptoms ranging from mild (though still disabling) to severe.

Major Depression – Major depression might occur only once, but typically several episodes are experienced over a lifetime. It is a disabling condition that interferes with a person’s ability to work, eat and sleep. Major depressive disorder (MDD) may occur spontaneously — without apparent reason — or during or after the death of a loved one, a divorce or other life event. Some people with major 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 if their symptoms do not get better with outpatient therapy.

Persistent Depression Disorder – Also called dysthymia, persistent depression disorder is less severe than major depression but involves the same symptoms. This is a chronic state of depression that 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 is a type of depression that occurs at particular times of the year, typically in the fall and winter when the days grow shorter. It typically lifts in the spring. Some people have mild symptoms while others experience symptoms that interfere with their relationships and work responsibilities.

Bipolar Disorder – Sometimes called manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by 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, when left untreated, can cause problems with a person’s relationships, work or school, and can even lead to suicide.

Postpartum Depression – This type of depression is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, shame or guilt, loneliness, sleeplessness, fears about hurting oneself or one’s child, and difficulty bonding with the baby. While the vast majority of new mothers feel some sadness after giving birth, anyone who experiences these kinds of feelings should seek professional help at a depression treatment center immediately.

Situational Depression – Also known as adjustment disorder, situational depression is so-named because it is caused by problems associated with a particular situation. Among the main causes of situational depression are divorce, death of a loved one, having an accident, being involved in a crime or 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. More severe and longer lasting than a short bout of the blues, depression is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • 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

The symptoms of depression can be severe, but they can also be an unexplained feeling of general unhappiness. The disease manifests in different ways in different people depending on genetics, gender, culture and other factors. People struggling with these symptoms should seek out the help of a mental health professional or possibly look into an inpatient depression treatment center.

Why Consider Residential Depression Treatment Centers?

If you have chronic, treatment-resistant depression, you may require around-the-clock, intensive care from mental health experts to get better. This is especially critical when depression is compounded by alcohol or drug abuse. If depression and substance abuse continue to negatively impact your life despite outpatient therapy and medication management, a higher level of care might be necessary.

An inpatient depression treatment center can provide you intensive, research-backed care and space away from life’s stressors so that you can focus on recovering.

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Depression is a devastating but treatable mental health condition. 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 us today: 844-876-5568

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