Clinical depression is a mental health condition causing prolonged feelings of despair that prevent a person from functioning normally. An individual may benefit from depression treatment if these feelings tend to linger and interfere with daily life. If persistent sadness clouds your world and prevents you from reaching your potential, connecting with others, or feeling good about who you are, we want you to know that you have options. Contact Amatus Recovery Centers by calling 833.631.0525 to learn more about our depression treatment programs.
Do I Have Depression Disorder?
Sorrow is part of the human experience. Yet, for some people, feelings of profound sadness continue without any end and sometimes without any easy-to-see cause. Those who have depression disorder typically have symptoms such as:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Withdrawing from activities once enjoyed or lacking feeling for them
- Isolating from friends and family
- Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction
- Not feeling anything
- Talking about death, dying, self-harm, or hurting others
A person with depression can’t just “be happy.” They have a chemical imbalance or a serious mental health disorder that limits their ability to feel happiness. Until they receive depression treatment, this isn’t likely to improve.
What Type of Depression Treatment Works?
The first step in depression treatment is determining what type of depression you have. Some types include anxious distress, melancholic features, seasonal patterns, and catatonia. It is also important to look for a cause of the depression as this can prove important in treatment. This may include underlying trauma, or it may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Other times, the cause isn’t understood until treatment begins.
There are several main components to depression treatment:
- Medications – A range of medications are available, each offering various types of improvement. It may take some time for your doctor to determine which type is best. Some include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), atypical antidepressants, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Other options are available. A person may begin to feel better with medications.
- Therapy – It’s not enough to treat depression disorder with just medication. Providing resources and tools to learn how to spot and manage symptoms is also important. Talk therapy can do this well. This type of therapy can help improve coping mechanisms, improve a person’s ability to find satisfaction in life, and help manage stress in a crisis.
- Alternative therapies – Holistic treatment can also be helpful. This may include things like outdoor adventure, yoga, meditation, and fitness. The goal here is to help heal the whole body. In doing so, it’s impossible to reduce inflammation, speed healing, and create more instances of authentic gratification.
- Substance use – For those in depression treatment who also are using drugs or alcohol, dual diagnosis treatment is best. This type of therapy helps to address all of a person’s needs in one therapy program.
Depression as Part of a Dual Diagnosis
At Amatus Recovery Centers, we provide a comprehensive program for depression and substance use disorder. Many addictive drugs appear to relieve symptoms when they are actually causing harm. If you’re unsure whether therapy is the right choice, a psychological consultation can help you make that decision. Our treatment options available include:
- Drug and alcohol detox
- Mental health treatment
- Residential treatment program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient treatment programs
Reach Out to Amatus Recovery Centers for a Consultation Now
Depression disorder does not just go away, but treatment can be very effective. Depression treatment is engaging, holistic, and versatile to meet the needs of most people. The key is taking action. To get help through our depression treatment program at Amatus Recovery Centers, call our team at 833.631.0525 now or reach out to us online. We’re here to help you.