Treatment For Depression

Depression is a mental illness that plagues upwards of 300 million people globally. Within the United States, approximately 16.2 million people have depression, which is a condition that impacts mood and affects how individuals think and feel.

Even though depression is a treatable condition, it is notoriously difficult to live with because of how far-reaching it can be. Not only do those who have depression face several various struggles on a regular basis, but those around them often also feel the effects of this pervasive illness. Children with mothers or fathers who have depression can feel its strain when a parent is frequently feeling unable to participate in activities with them. A wife can notice that her husband’s depression had added to his irritability and anger, making the relationship tenser than it used to be. The entire family of a loved one with depression can experience a dramatic shift in overall function and mood because of the presence of this condition, sometimes even if it is being treated.

Nearly half of those who are diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety, another common mental illness that impacts one’s thinking and functioning. When combined, depression and anxiety have the potential to paralyze an individual, causing him or her to avoid leaving the house, ditch out on social events, and withdraw from loved ones. Living with untreated depression alone, never mind with the added complexity of anxiety, can push an individual right to his or her metaphorical edge, triggering the onset of additional symptoms like suicidal ideations, self-harm, and substance abuse.

It is extremely common for someone with depression to turn to the use of drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate and cope with their emotions. In fact, 45% of those with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health condition. When the mental illness of depression and the disease of addiction are happening simultaneously, symptoms related to both conditions can get much worse, putting the individual at greater risk for suffering dangerous and potentially life-threatening consequences.

Make no question about it – depression is a deadly condition. The symptoms that accompany this particular illness can lead to much more serious issues, such as suicide attempts and drug or alcohol overdose. When treated, however, the many different types of depression that one can face can be better managed, reducing these and other risks.

Types of Depression

Depression is a significant mental illness that does not just cause someone to feel sad all the time. Major depressive disorder, which is arguably the most common type of depression, includes symptoms such as feeling restless, sluggish, or physically slowed down. It also can include feelings of worthlessness, problems concentrating, excessive fatigue, and loss of interest in activities. When people talk about depression, major depressive disorder is usually what they are envisioning, however there are several other kinds of depression that produce symptoms that can impact one’s ability to function on a regular basis. Consider the following:

  • Bipolar disorder – drastic mood swings, manic episodes, detachment from reality
  • Psychotic depression – delusions, hallucinations, hypochondria, insomnia
  • Postpartum depression – intense irritability, excessive crying, trouble bonding with the baby, severe panic attacks, thoughts of harming oneself or the baby
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder – severe fatigue, mood swings, paranoia, problems with coordination
  • Seasonal affective disorder – loneliness, irritability, sadness, apathy, problems sleeping
  • Persistent depressive disorder – feelings of guilt, social isolation, low self-esteem, feeling of emptiness, excessive anger

The symptoms associated with each one of these types of depression are serious and can be painstaking for someone who is experiencing them. The effects can become so overwhelming that the use of drugs and/or alcohol becomes a go-to. Unfortunately, even though this is common, it is very dangerous.

Depression and Substance Use Disorders

Someone with depression and a substance use disorder is experiencing a dual diagnosis, meaning that both issues are occurring at the same time. As mentioned before, almost 50% of people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol also have a mental illness, and depression is by far one of the most common mental illnesses that people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol experience. When these issues go untreated, an individual’s situation can get much worse and include the following risks:

  • Increased conflict with friends, family, and loved ones
  • Susceptibility to getting sick more often due to poor physical health
  • Worsening of symptoms of depression and the substance use disorder
  • Inability to maintain employment or find a job
  • Problems succeeding in school
  • Financial issues related to an inability to earn money and/or the continual need to support the substance use disorder

Outside of being more likely to get sick more often than others, those who have depression and a substance use disorder can also experience serious health concerns that affect the functioning and wellbeing of their bodies. The types of health issues that can occur will be dependent on the type of substance that is being abused, as well as the kind of depression that one has and his or her own biological makeup.

These issues do not need to continue to occur or even develop if treatment is obtained. This specific mental illness and substance use disorders can both be treated at the same time through depression treatment at Taylor Recovery Center.

Depression Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center

Depression treatment at Taylor Recovery Center focuses on providing patients with a comprehensive approach to both their depression and their substance use disorder. Both issues are treated together, meaning that all psychological and medical professionals who work with the patient will be in contact with one another in order to continue to provide a constantly modifying treatment plan based on his or her progresses or setbacks in treatment.

Because of how common this type of dual diagnosis is, there are several different ways that it can be treated. Not everyone with depression and a substance use disorder is going to experience the same symptoms, especially when there are various kinds of depression and even more kinds of addictive substances available to abuse. Therefore, when a patient begins depression treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, he or she will be thoroughly assessed so that he or she can be placed in a program that is best for his or her needs.

The programs that we provide for those looking to recover from depression and substance use disorders include the following:

Residential treatment

Designed for those who require the most hands-on, intensive care available, residential treatment is a great option for someone with a severe dual diagnosis including both of these issues, as well as those who are struggling to get sober, who find difficulty in managing their symptoms of depression on a regular basis, or those who are simply overwhelmed by their condition that they need to take the time offered through this type of program to recover.

Patients in this program will live on campus while receiving treatment, which usually lasts 30-90 days. During that time, patients will be involved in a number of therapies, including those that have proven to be most effective in treating all types of depression, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, experiential therapy, and trauma-based treatments. Medications to help treat the depression may also be prescribed while a patient is in residential treatment.

Outpatient treatment

Even though the combined problem of depression and a substance use disorder can be extremely dangerous, it can also be mild enough that the most intensive care approaches are just not needed. Outpatient treatment is ideal for those who do need treatment, but not at the same level as residential treatment.

When enrolled in this type of depression treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, patients will spend the majority of their 6-8 weeks there participating in individual and group therapy sessions. The one-on-one therapy that is offered can help address the patient’s unique and personal challenges, while group therapy can help him or her work on commonly shared issues amongst others in recovery. Patients will participate in outpatient treatment a few times per week for a couple of hours at a time and are allowed to continue to live at home during this program.

Partial hospitalization

Partial hospitalization programming is also an available form of depression treatment at Taylor Recovery Center. Unlike the other programs offered, partial hospitalization can provide patients with medical services for certain ailments or complications that require regular monitoring but do not need to be tended to 24/7. While patients will participate in the same therapies that are offered through other programs, they will spend the majority of their days at the facility doing so. Patients can continue to live at home or a sober house while getting help, but are not usually able to work, go to school, or engage in other activities due to the time commitment that is needed.

Get Professional Help at Taylor Recovery Center Right Now

If you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and are struggling with depression at the same time, call us right now. We know how difficult it can be to muster the courage to get help, but without it, things can get much worse.

So, do not wait anymore. Call us now to find out how we can help you overcome the challenges associated with both your addiction and mental illness so you can live a happy, fulfilled life.

You or your loved one can be in treatment today.

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