Many people go years with untreated depression because they not aware that their feelings of sadness and hopelessness can be resolved through professional treatment. Feelings of depression are common but for those with clinical depression or major depressive disorder, their emotions can take control and make it difficult to participate in life. People who have clinical depression feel sad, empty and tearful every day for weeks and lose interest in their usual hobbies and activities. In severe cases of depression, people may feel so hopeless about life that they experience recurring thoughts about suicide. Depressed people can have problems with relationships, maintaining jobs, or engaging in social activities. They may become isolated and withdrawn from the people around them. People with depression often try to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol which can lead to the development of a dual disorder.
Treating Depression with Therapy
People diagnosed with a type of depression disorder do not have to live with symptoms for the rest of their life. Depression can be treated and significantly improved with the help of cognitive behavioral therapy and living a healthy lifestyle. Many issues of depression involve certain behaviors, thoughts and beliefs that can be changed in positive ways while in treatment. Therapy gives patients the opportunity to discuss the thoughts and different mindsets that have contributed to their depression. A therapist can help to dispel any irrational beliefs that are serving to keep a person depressed such as negative thoughts about themselves or their future. Therapy can also help people to recognize and change how they react to certain events and stresses in their daily life. Learning techniques to control their reactions and thoughts can help people with depression begin to reduce many of their more painful emotions.
Improving Health and Relationships
Focusing on achieving goals can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. People with negative thoughts can find their mood improves when they set small goals every day and are able to accomplish them. Accomplishing small goals can help people with depression feel that their problems are solvable instead of being overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness. Through cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, patients can learn to change their behavior and beliefs while focusing on actively resolving issues head on. They can learn to reduce some of their symptoms through a healthier lifestyle of sobriety, nutritious eating, exercise and plenty of sleep. It is also important for patients with depression to improve the way that they relate to and interact with other people. Developing closer connections and learning to better their relationships can be critical to alleviating depression. Solid relationships with good communication among family members and friends can create a sense of stability that improves the outlook of people with depressive disorders.
People who have been diagnosed with some form of depression can experience rehabilitation and recovery at Dr. Paul’s By The Sea. Our treatment programs are available to help people educate themselves about their own mental illness and learn the strategies they need to improve their lives. Each individual can benefit from one-on-one counseling that focuses on their unique issues and needs, allowing them to resolve personal problems and make specific goals to help them change their emotional experiences. Patients with depression and addiction problems can also receive effective treatment at our facilities to work through the issues of their dual diagnosis. With successful treatment, anyone can overcome their depression and begin to enjoy life again.