Depression Treatment Center in San Diego, CA

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine recently published a study that stated at least one in every ten Americans suffers from depression. The study points out that there has been a steady increase in the number of Americans who suffer from depression from 2015 through 2019. The study further concludes that the steady increase in cases suggests that depression treatment is not as effective as it should be. This is why there is also a steady uptick in the number of public service announcements urging people to seek help. There are facilities in most states able to aid people with this concern, such as the mental health professionals who offer inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and depression treatment in San Diego.

What is Depression?

More and more people are realizing that depression is a serious medical condition, as this illness does not discriminate on who it afflicts, regardless of social standing, gender, or even ethnicity. This mental health condition has garnered much media attention as numerous personalities have either come out in public to admit they suffer from it or have succumbed to the more lethal aspects of the condition.

Most people who suffer from depression share common symptoms with varying degrees of severity, including:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities previously enjoyed
  • Drastic changes in appetite resulting in severe weight loss or weight gain
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Substance Abuse
  • Constant fatigue
  • Persistent lethargy
  • Observable slowed movement or speech
  • Impaired judgment
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Inclination towards self-harm
  • Inclination towards risk-taking
  • Seeming loss of self-preservation instincts
  • Suicide ideation

Some studies suggest that there is a high probability of inheriting the tendency to become depressive from first-degree relatives, with women being more likely to develop the condition than men.

How is Depression Different from Intense Grief?

The signs and symptoms of depression are often mistaken for intense grief in most people, although there are still some distinct qualities that separate depression as a mental health issue from intense grief, which is a base human emotion.

The feelings of great emotional pain that come with grief often manifest as “waves”, where a person could go through both painful and happy memories or emotions related to the reason for the feelings of grief. In depression, there is a consistent feeling of great loss and sadness, going on for as long as two weeks at a time. There is no reprieve to the intense feelings of sadness and loss when one is depressed, which is why it is often described as a “crushing” feeling.

People who feel grief do not necessarily suffer from a significant decrease in self-esteem or feelings of self-worth. At the most, the closest thing people in grief feel that is relevant to their sense of self is when they feel a great amount of remorse or regret that is tied in with their loss. People who suffer from depression, on the other hand, are usually taken by constant feelings of worthlessness. It is not uncommon for people who have depression to exhibit signs of self-loathing.

It is not uncommon to hear people in great grief wish that the person they lost was still with them, or that they had joined the person they lost in death. This points to the feelings of sadness as being associated with being separated from their loved one, and the intense desire to be reunited with them. In depression, the person often feels that their life serves no purpose and they should therefore simply end it as soon as possible. Others feel a sense of being completely disconnected from their life, making them believe that they should not be alive.

 

There are instances, however, where people who did not previously suffer from depression do so after undergoing significant trauma or loss which resulted in severe grief. It is important to note the distinct differences between grief and depression as grief has a natural cycle that will eventually cause the intense feelings of loss to taper and go away with time. Depression, on the other hand, will not go away and will only get worse with time.

What are the Risk Factors for Depression?

It is believed that no one is born with depression, although there are those who are born with an increased tendency to develop it. Depression is not limited to typical factors that describe a “depressing” life, such as poverty, chronic illness, or meth addiction. There are a few factors that figure in the possibility of a person suffering from depression at one point, including:

The disruption of the natural chemical balance of the brain could produce profound changes in behavior, mood, and even personality. This is often the case with people who suffer from depression and is also why antidepressants work to restore the proper chemical balance in the brain.

Studies have shown that there is a high probability that depression could be inherited if a first-degree family member has it. The genetic markers that determine this probability have not been conclusively mapped out yet, but there is more than ample evidence to suggest that it could indeed be inherited, with varying degrees of severity between family members that manifest the condition.

Exposure to violent events, significant or great loss, neglect, or chronic abuse is believed to contribute greatly to the development of depression in a person. This is particularly true if the person was never able to fully process the traumatic event. War veterans are known to be prime examples of how the horrors of war and death could permanently change a person. There are also people who develop depression after suffering a major blow in their life, such as an accident or the loss of something or someone they considered to be irreplaceable.

What are the Treatments for Depression?

In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fata Injury report for 2020, more than 45,000 Americans died from suicide, and an estimated 1.2 million others attempted suicide. Most of these incidents are believed to be related to severe depression. What makes this figure even more disturbing is the fact that depression is actually treatable to the extent that suicide ideation no longer becomes an irresistible urge.

Mental health experts agree that at least 80% to 90% of people who suffer from depression could be treated to the point where they could go back to a semblance of normal life. This high rate of treatment success, however, is contingent upon a thorough and accurate evaluation. 

Depression Treatment in San Diego

Furthermore, an assessment of the person’s responsiveness to treatment, and if the applied treatment is best suited for the patient. This is because some medical conditions such as a thyroid issue compounded by vitamin deficiency could manifest all the symptoms of depression. In such a case, antidepressants and other treatment forms intended for depression will not work.

The assessment will take into consideration such factors as specific symptoms, personal medical history, and even the medical history of the immediate family to create a better profile of the patient.

For those who are struggling with addiction and depression, they are treated through Divine House inpatient rehab, an intensive outpatient program, or a partial hospitalization program.

Depression Treatment in San Diego

Antidepressants

Studies have shown that brain chemistry is a significant factor that contributes to a patient’s depression. This factor, however, could also be used in figuring out a more effective approach to depression treatment. Antidepressants are typically prescribed to help balance out the patient’s altered brain chemistry.

Antidepressants have been observed to produce some improvement within the first two weeks of continued use, although the full efficacy might not be seen for at least two to three months of continued use.

Furthermore, an assessment of the person’s responsiveness to treatment, and if the applied treatment is best suited for the patient. This is because some medical conditions such as a thyroid issue compounded by vitamin deficiency could manifest all the symptoms of depression. In such a case, antidepressants and other treatment forms intended for depression will not work.

The assessment will take into consideration such factors as specific symptoms, personal medical history, and even the medical history of the immediate family to create a better profile of the patient.

For those who are struggling with addiction and depression, they are treated through Divine House inpatient rehab, an intensive outpatient program, or a partial hospitalization program.

Psychotherapy

Depending upon the severity of the depression, psychotherapy is sometimes used alone for treatment or used alongside antidepressant medications. Psychotherapy could be directed solely at the patient suffering from depression, although there are instances where others are included in the therapy, particularly the ones that are of significant importance to the patient. Some patients respond better to family or couples therapy. Others resonate well with group therapy, particularly those who have some commonality with others with similar illnesses.

Depression Treatment in San Diego

These therapy sessions are held in a secure and supportive environment so that the patient is exposed to the least amount of stress and distraction.

Although there are many forms of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proven to be more effective in treating depression. CBT is a form of therapy that centers on isolating and solving the problem in the present. CBT does this by helping a person to recognize any distorted or negative thought patterns they might have with the intention of changing these thought patterns to a more positive form.

Divine House Can Help You with Depression Treatment

You don’t have to deal with depression alone, and you are not at fault for suffering from it. These are important things to remember if you suffer from depression. It is treatable, and we here at Divine House have helped numerous people get over their most self-destructive tendencies brought on by depression. We can help you get over yours as well. Talk to us now.