Depression is a common yet serious medical illness that negatively affects the way you think, feel, and act. Depression causes severe sadness and a lack of interest in work or activities you used to enjoy. It can also lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems, overall decreasing your ability to function in life. Depression can affect anyone, even those who appear to have ideal life circumstances.
Sometimes people use alcohol or drugs to alleviate their feelings of depression. This can turn into a substance abuse disorder, otherwise known as a co-occurring disorder. If you think you have depression, anxiety, or a co-occurring disorder, it’s time to get the help you deserve. It may feel intimidating to get the help you need, but there is no shame in sharing your feelings with a mental health professional.
At Bayview Recovery, we offer mental health treatment programs such as depression treatment or dual diagnosis treatment programs. Call one of our highly skilled mental health professionals today at 855.478.3650 to learn more about our premier mental health programs.
Healing from Depression
Sadness is a natural emotion that each person faces at some point in their life. The death of a loved one or the end of a relationship may induce sadness, but this grieving process is natural. However, to be diagnosed with clinical depression, symptoms of sadness must last two weeks and indicate a considerable change in your ability to function. Depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you once enjoyed
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too often
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of energy
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Difficulty thinking or concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide
- Purposeless activity
Fortunately, depression is one of the most treatable mental health disorders.
What to Expect from Depression Treatment
Before treatment and diagnosis, a medical professional will conduct a thorough evaluation. This evaluation will provide insight into family and medical histories to plan the proper course of action for the individual suffering from depression. If there is a co-occurring disorder such as substance abuse, we can also address this in the evaluation.
Uncovering any factors contributing to chronic depression will help medical professionals get to the root of the problem. By revealing the root of the problem, individuals will find the appropriate ways to manage and cope with their depression.
There are several ways people can cope and manage depression. Getting regular sleep, eating healthy, and engaging in regular exercise creates positive feelings and improves mood. Avoiding drugs and alcohol can also reduce symptoms of depression. With proper treatment, the majority of people with depression will overcome it. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms associated with depression, the first step is to talk to a mental health professional.
Dealing with Depression
The best way to deal with depression is through a therapy program. At Bayview Recovery, we offer an array of treatment programs, including a depression treatment program. When you come to Bayview Recovery, we will create an individualized plan of action specifically for you in mind. We will treat depression using a range of therapy programs, including:
- Trauma therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Individual therapy program
- Family therapy program
- Dialectical behavioral therapy program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
Learning new ways to think and feel about yourself can help you to better manage and cope with feelings of sadness. Participating in a therapy program like the ones listed above can give you the tools necessary to manage and deal with depression throughout your life.
Seek Treatment at Bayview Recovery
Are you ready to overcome your depression? If so, please speak to one of our compassionate staff members today at Bayview Recovery by calling at 855.478.3650 or visiting us online. You don’t have to deal with depression alone. We are here for you to begin your process of healing.