One of the most common mental health issues facing Americans is depression. Every year, millions struggle with some depression disorder. Like any medical condition, depressive disorders require professional support not just to identify but to heal from. Depression treatment is designed to help individuals improve their mental health and well-being to return to enjoying the world around them again and get satisfaction from the work they do.
Depression is a persistent dulling of emotions where individuals feel disconnected from the world around them and worthless. As a major mood disorder, depression is a condition that shouldn’t be ignored or allowed to worsen. Similarly, it’s dangerous to attempt to self-medicate as this could lead to a substance use disorder. Fortunately, depression is very treatable, meaning all an individual needs to do is reach out to a depression treatment program, and they can immediately begin healing and recovery.
What is Depression?
There are four main types of depression: Major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, post-partum depression, and psychotic depression. Unfortunately, there is no known cause of depression. Therefore, it can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. Individuals can appear to be outwardly friendly and happy while still struggling with the disorder. Thus, it’s important to recognize the signs of depression in yourself and others. Some typical symptoms of depressive disorders include:
- Losing interest in hobbies
- Isolating from others
- Having crying spells
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and low-energy
- Feeling worthless
If someone experiences one or more of these symptoms for most of the day for several days over two weeks or longer, then they likely need a depression treatment program.
Further, there is no single cause of depression. Some common causes of depression include:
- Family history: Genetics mark an individual for being at higher risk. However, just because someone has a family history of depression doesn’t mean they will develop it themselves. Yet, being proactive and preventative is key to staying healthy.
- Trauma: This involves fearful and stressful situations where individuals are unable to process their feelings and reactions. When an individual is unable to process their traumatic experiences, they can fall into depression.
- Medical and other mental health issues: When an individual struggles with other medical conditions like chronic pain or illness, the risk of depression increases—these conditions but strain and undue stress upon an individual, causing them to develop a mood disorder.
- Drug Abuse: Using and abusing drugs and alcohol puts a person at a greater risk of developing depression. Also, substance abuse can be a sign of depression as an individual unconsciously self-medicates because of the condition.
Our Depression Treatment Program
In our depression treatment program, we use various therapies to help clients learn to recognize their symptoms. Once individuals can see they are struggling with depression, they are better positioned to learn how to identify triggers, learn, practice healthy coping skills, and ultimately overcome the condition and restore their mental health. Through group therapy, where clients can learn and share with others, to individual therapy, where working one-on-one clients tackle their issues, our depression treatment program can restore control to clients.
Counseling at Sunlight Medical Services
Depression can cause individuals to lose so much from their lives. It can cause severe damage to work relationships and make maintaining personal relationships a challenge. If left untreated, depressive disorders greatly increase the risk of substance abuse and lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. Getting help for depression disorder is vital in maintaining, restoring, and improving overall positive mental health.
Our depression treatment program understands each client is unique, requiring a customized approach to care. Find out more about our treatment programs by calling 855.920.1104. Our admissions counselors will gladly answer any questions you have. Get back to living your best life.