Depression Treatment in South Florida

There’s a big difference between feeling sad and being depressed. A person who’s dealing with depression must seek out help quickly so they can learn how to carry on despite their feelings. Addressing the underlying cause of the depression is critical in the fight against it.

One thing to remember is that you aren’t alone in your struggle with depression. In the United States alone, there are around 19.4 million adults who’ve dealt with a major depressive episode at least once. This means they had symptoms of depression for at least two weeks.

Types of Depression

There are various types of depression that can impact people: four primary types of depression that can impact anyone and two that affect only women.

Depression Impacting Anyone

Seasonal affective disorder or SAD impacts people during the winter months when the days are shorter. It affects the body’s natural cycles due to the shorter exposure to natural light. Melatonin and serotonin are both affected by the change in light exposure.

Major depression is the type of depression most people are familiar with. It leads to loss of interest in things you enjoy and is associated with a dark mood. It can lead to suicidal ideations and attempts. Thoughts of death may become consuming.

Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disease. The person will go through periods of extreme highs that include higher energy and then periods of depression. While the manic phase might seem less serious than the depression phase, self-destructive behavior can occur during the manic phase.

Persistent depressive disorder is a milder form of major depression. It lasts at least two years, but it’s not incredibly intense. Typically, a person who has this form of depression can still function in daily life, but they don’t feel as happy. They may have a “low” feeling that doesn’t go away.

Depression Impacting Only Women

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, often referred to as PMDD, is a form of premenstrual syndrome. It typically starts within the two weeks prior to the beginning of menstruation and abates when the woman’s cycle starts.

Perinatal depression, which includes postpartum depression and depression during pregnancy, is estimated to impact one out of every seven women who give birth. This type of depression makes it difficult for the person to care for themselves and their baby.

Causes of Depression

The underlying causes of depression vary greatly. When you come to Restore, we work with you to find out what’s leading to your depression and address those issues in your treatment plan. Depression is a very complex disease that sometimes requires time to figure out what treatment options will work best.

Sometimes, external factors are the underlying cause of the disease. This might be the loss of a parent or close friend. Divorce, job loss, serious health issues and other negative events can also contribute to depression. Even extreme stress can lead to this mental health condition.

A family history of mental health issues can signal that a person is at an increased risk of depression. Age is another risk factor. Elderly people are a high-risk group because they’re often lonely. People who don’t have a good support system and lack close friends can also become depressed.

Chemical imbalances are sometimes the root cause of depression. In this case, finding out the reason for the imbalance is necessary. Hormonal changes coupled with feeling overwhelmed may be contributing factors. Medical conditions might play a role in this, but that’s not always the case. Drug abuse is also a factor in many cases of depression, so this dual diagnosis needs to be treated effectively.

Effects of Depression

Depression can impact every area of a person’s life. At first, the effects might not be that noticeable. As time progresses, it can become debilitating if it isn’t treated. There are many symptoms of depression that can cause challenges in life.

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Changes in sleep patterns, including sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
  • Anger, irritability and frustration
  • Feeling hopeless or empty
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Headaches or backaches without a cause
  • Being restless, agitated or anxious
  • Feeling that everything takes a great effort
  • Thoughts of dying or a preoccupation with dark thoughts about life

You don’t have to experience all of these symptoms to be depressed; you may have only one or two of them. Pay close attention to how they’re impacting your life. If you notice that you can’t function as you usually do because the emptiness, sadness or down feeling is consuming you, getting help is critical.

Treatment Options

There are many treatment options for depression. The team at Restore understands that overcoming depression isn’t just a quick fix. We focus on a whole-body approach to helping people who have any form of depression. Our Florida campus is set up to provide our residents with everything they need so they can focus on healing. The staff here at Restore is trained to support our residents who are trying to work through their treatment plan.

When you come to us for depression, we work to discover the underlying cause. You’ll go through a comprehensive therapy plan that can include group sessions and individual counseling. The group sessions are times when you and your peers can help each other through the symptoms of depression. The individual counseling is ideal for handling things you don’t feel comfortable bringing up in group sessions. Family therapy is also possible to help your family members understand the support you need from them.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also used to help treat depression. It helps to control negative thinking so that you don’t fall into a downward slump.

Getting your body adjusted to healthy eating habits and physical activity can also help. You’ll find that our program encourages this so you can find ways to relieve stress through exercise and give your body the fuel it needs to function properly.

Another treatment option that’s sometimes used is NeuroRehab, which helps to correct neurotransmitter impairments in the brain. This is particularly effective in cases involving a dual diagnosis with drug abuse.

In some cases, depression treatment requires medication. We can get you started on medications that will help stabilize your moods. Since we’re right here with you, we can adjust the medications so you have a dose that works for you.

Get the Help You Need

Depression is something that needs to be treated right away, but you don’t have to try to do this by yourself. The team of professionals at Restore is here to help you find a treatment plan that works for you. Give us a call at 877-594-3566 to discuss our program and get started with depression treatment today. We can verify your insurance, and we offer self-pay options for people who don’t have insurance coverage.