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Depression Treatment in Los Angeles

When you are depressed, it can often feel as though you are trapped under a dark cloud that consistently follows you around. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorders affect over seventeen million Americans in a given year and almost two million children under seventeen. Depression is a highly treatable mental illness. In fact, nearly eighty percent of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms in as few as four weeks. A few standard treatment methods are used when treating depression at rehab centers in Burbank, CA, and across the nation. Some of the more common include therapies (such as behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and psychodynamic therapy) as well as medications and healthy lifestyle changes. 

What is

depression

Depression, also called clinical depression, major depression, or a depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that causes various distressing symptoms. Symptoms of depression affect how one feels, thinks, and handles everyday activities such as sleeping, eating, or working.  There are several types of depression, all of which have slightly different diagnostic criteria. Depending on each person’s unique symptoms, they might be diagnosed with major depression, persistent depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, psychotic depression, or perinatal depression, also known as postpartum depression. The criteria for each specific diagnosis are evaluated during a consultation with your primary care provider or mental health provider to determine how your symptoms meet the diagnostic criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition). Once a diagnosis is provided, you can begin to work with your mental health provider or one of the various Los Angeles outpatient rehab or inpatient rehab programs towards recovery from depression. 

While scientists at the National Institutes of Mental Health and others across the country are studying the causes of depression, science suggests that a combination of genetics, biology, environment, and psychological factors all play a role in the development of depression. Each year, more and more adults, children, and teens are diagnosed with depression. Fortunately, as the number of people diagnosed with depression increases, the treatment options continue to increase as well. 

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Do I Need Help from an

Emotional Rehab Center in California?

Sometimes it can be challenging to know whether the symptoms you are experiencing are indeed depression or related to passing circumstances. Everyone feels blue, down, or upset on occasion. Often, these symptoms or emotions are associated with a specific event or traumatic experience. With time, the emotions of the moment tend to dissolve, and the symptoms that once presented as depression alleviate themselves. However, if your symptoms are causing problems with relationships, at work, or with your family members and there isn’t a clear solution or reason for what you are experiencing, your symptoms may be related to depression, and seeking help is an essential step to recovery.

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Symptoms of Depression

How depression presents will vary from person to person; however, there are some signs and symptoms that are common to many. It is also important to remember that many depression symptoms are also typical parts of everyday emotional highs and lows. But the presence of increasing, stronger, more persistent symptoms may indicate you are dealing with depression.  Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include some or all of:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in appetite or bodyweight
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Lack of energy of excessive fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty thinking or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

What Methods Are Used to Treat Depression?

As previously indicated, depression treatment often involves combination therapy, including behavioral therapies, medications, and healthy lifestyle changes.

Therapies

Therapy is often the first-line treatment for depression. Psychotherapy can include tried and true evidence-based models such as cognitive behavioral therapy and other interpersonal therapies. The treatment must correspond to the level of depression, patient preferences, age and developmental level, risk factors, and service availability in your area. Talk therapies are the most common form of psychotherapy used in the treatment of depression. There are several different kinds of talk therapy, and many can be done in either an outpatient or an inpatient setting. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common, highly successful therapy model. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT encourages you to focus on how your thoughts and behaviors contribute to your depression. It also strives to teach you how to learn new, healthy ways to react to events and triggers. Other commonly used therapy models include interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and family therapy. It is essential to involve family members in depression treatment. Family therapy is designed to help family members learn about depression and what the early warning signs and triggers look like. Understanding these events may help family members to guide their loved ones through depressive events.

Medications

Antidepressant medications work on chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which are associated with depressive symptoms. The three most commonly referenced neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Most antidepressant medications relieve depression symptoms by affecting the production of and function of neurotransmitters. Because neurotransmitters, also sometimes referred to as chemical messengers, help the brain cells communicate, medications help by slowing or enhancing these communication functions. Each type of antidepressant affects neurotransmitters in different ways, and medications may not be the best choice for everybody.

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Signs You Need Help

Suppose the depressive symptoms you are experiencing last more than two weeks or interfere with your relationships, school, or work. In that case, it may be time to consider seeking treatment at a Los Angeles outpatient rehab center. Other indications that you may need help treating your depression include turning to alcohol or drugs to cope, developing substance use disorders, or worsening existing mental illness.  Finally, if you or a loved one struggling with depression expresses thoughts of self-harm or attempts self-harm or suicide, it is essential to call 911 or (if safety is not at immediate risk) one of the hotline numbers provided through the Mental Health Services Administration or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health.

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We Can Help You

With Depression Treatment in Los Angeles

Here at Multi Concept Recovery, we understand that each person’s depression is completely different and needs to be treated as such. Our staff is dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans for you. Get in touch and allow us to help you recover and heal.

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