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Depression Treatment Programs

Depression is more than sadness. It often changes how people think, disrupting normal brain patterns and affecting both logical and emotional processing. It’s characterized by a lack of serotonin in the brain, and while it’s a common disorder, it often leads people to isolate themselves from those who could help.

Diamond House’s mental health help center for depression offers a space where anyone experiencing depression can receive help from empathetic medical professionals. Our treatments for depression provide flexible programs to fit into your busy life.

What Is Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. It is an umbrella term for a collection of mood disorders that bring extreme sadness and a lack of pleasure or even interest in life. About 18% of Americans will develop the condition at some point in their lives. Depression comes in many forms, but most people with a diagnosis will have one of these two forms:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): MDD, or clinical depression, refers to symptomatic depression occurring for longer than two weeks. It can happen at any time and have causes ranging from traumatic experiences to chemical imbalances in the brain.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Those affected by SAD experience MDD for a portion of the year, coinciding with seasonal changes. They most commonly feel these symptoms during fall and winter, when days become shorter and our bodies naturally have less exposure to vitamin D, serotonin and other vital chemicals.

When active, both conditions exhibit similar symptoms, such as:

  • Constant feelings of sadness, worthlessness, irritability and guilt
  • Loss of interest and motivation, even in enjoyable activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Negative thinking patterns
  • Changes in appetite, contributing to significant weight loss or gain
  • Changes in sleep, contributing to insomnia or oversleeping
  • Exhaustion or lack of energy regardless of how much sleep you get
  • Challenges in thinking and staying focused
  • Thoughts of self-harm and/or suicide

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Treating Seasonal or Clinical Depression

As depression is one of the most common mental health conditions, there have been incredible strides over the years in developing treatment plans for it. Our clients go through a range of therapies during their time at Diamond House, including: 

  • Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions with your therapist let you get to the root of your depression and try a range of therapeutic modalities.
  • Group therapy: In group therapy, you’ll make connections with other participants and gain new perspectives and coping strategies.
  • Art therapy: Art therapy allows participants to express themselves in unconventional methods and explore their depression in ways they may not be able to in traditional talk therapy.
  • Psychiatric care: Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners will work with you and your therapist to prescribe regulating medication where necessary and monitor your results.

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Depression Treatment Programs
Depression Treatment Programs

Treatment Plans for Depression at Diamond House

At Diamond House, we understand you may have responsibilities you can’t leave behind while receiving treatment for depression. Because of that, we’ve developed three programs with varying levels of on-campus participation:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): IOP allows you to come in for a few hours of intensive, one-on-one treatment, three to four days a week. Outside of that, you’ll be free to continue your normal activities. 
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Spend your weekdays at our facility for treatment, then return home to your family and responsibilities on evenings and weekends.

Why Consider Major Depressive Disorder Treatment?

Like any physical illness, a mental illness left untreated can get worse the longer it goes on. Depression also becomes harder to manage the longer it is left untreated. Avoiding treatment for depression can lead to:

  • Substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol
  • Self-harming behaviors and risky behaviors 
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Isolation and decaying relationships
  • Loss of job or lower school grades due to decreased performance

And like a physical illness, the best way to avoid these symptoms is to visit medical professionals who understand your condition and know how to treat it. At Diamond House, we’re committed to finding new ways to help you every day. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, our team won’t stop until we find the best coping skills and treatment methods that help you live a more satisfactory life. 

How to Help a Loved One Find Treatment

When someone you love is going through depression, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do to help. All your efforts to get them outside and socialize with others are in vain when they cancel at the last minute or tell you they don’t have the energy to leave the house. Still, there are other ways you can help, and most of them are even easier than making plans:

  • Educate yourself: First, take the time to research depression and understand how your affected loved one is feeling. This can give you unique insights about what it’s like to live with depression and guide all your efforts moving forward. 
  • Explore treatment options: As we’ve discussed, there are many treatment modalities for depression. Explore our pages on our various therapies and research the most current and effective options available. You may even want to look at the inpatient and outpatient depression treatment centers in your area. Then, you can share them with your loved one in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way.
  • Offer support: Finally, offer your support to your loved one in any way you can. Simple things like bringing them a cooked meal, helping them do a load of laundry, listening to them without trying to “fix” things or even just sitting with them and watching their favorite TV show can go a long way in showing you’ll be there for anything they need.

Start Healing With Diamond House

Whether you’re going through depression yourself or someone close to you needs help, Diamond House wants to hear from you. We’re here to help people in any stage of the mental health care process, and from the moment you’re ready to pursue treatment, we’ll be by your side. Verify your insurance with us today, then contact our admissions team so we can get you set up at our facility.

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Depression Treatment Programs
Depression Treatment Programs