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Introduction & Overview of Depression

All of us deal with feelings of depression at some point in our lives, but for some people, it can be debilitating and consistent. It can affect their ability to perform the simplest tasks and it may even cause them to not want to get out of bed in the morning. Some people may even turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate depression, a slippery slope that tends to make things worse instead of better.

The good news is, there are ways to get help for depression.

Clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a serious mental illness that affects you on a physical and mental level. It can result in the following symptoms:

  • Loss of interest in the activities you once enjoyed
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or gain unrelated to diet
  • Reduced energy or fatigue
  • Slowed speech or movements
  • Increase in certain physical activity such as pacing or handwringing
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

People with clinical depression will deal with symptoms for at least two weeks and they will experience a noted change in behavior from the norm. 

Depression affects one in 15 adults. It usually starts during late adolescence to mid-20’s.  Women are more likely to be depressed than men. 

Risk factors for depression include the following:

  • Biochemistry: Depression may be caused by certain chemicals in the brain. 
  • Genetics: If someone in your family was diagnosed with depression, you are more likely to be diagnosed as well.
  • Personality: People who are prone to pessimism, low self-esteem, and anxiety are at an increased risk of depression.
  • Environmental Factors: Individuals who have been exposed to violence, abuse, neglect or poverty are more likely to be depressed. 

Fortunately, there are ways to get help for depression. Here are a few to consider. 

  • Medication: Medication may cause chemical changes in the brain that boost serotonin and elevate mood.
  • Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy or talk therapy can be used to help a person recognize negative thinking and change thoughts and behaviors to bring about a more positive outlook. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular form of psychotherapy.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy: Electroconvulsive therapy involves using brief electrical stimulation on the brain. It is said to boost dopamine and serotonin levels and increase endorphins in the body. 

What is Holistic Depression Treatment?

Holistic depression treatment involves using diet and exercise to treat feelings of depression.
Research has shown that diet can directly affect mood. Diets that are high in processed and sugary foods cause moods to plummet.
On the other hand, a meal routine that includes vegetables, beans, and whole grains can cause an uptick in the mood. This may be due to a balanced diet’s ability to keep blood sugars stable which has a calming effect.

Experts are currently trying to determine which foods are best for treating depression. Studies show that items high in omega-3 fatty acids, folate and vitamin B12 may have positive effects. They also recommend that people stay away from sugar, caffeine, processed foods, and food that is high in sugar to be happier overall.

Exercise also plays a valuable role in fighting depression. It is said to produce biochemical changes in the brain that are similar to those produced by medication, only it has longer-lasting results. It relieves stress, boosts energy, and increases serotonin production.

A good diet and exercise plan also helps reduce the risk and symptoms of diseases that can cause depression or make depression symptoms more severe. The right foods and exercise may be combined with talk therapy to help patients overcome addiction.

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When to Get Help for Depression

Almost everyone experiences depression at some point in their lives, but for many, it’s a temporary condition that can easily be overcome. For others, depression is ongoing and continuous causing them to be unable to function. Here are some signs that you may need help for your depressive disorder. 

It’s Getting in the Way of Your Ability to Function: 

If you are so depressed that you are unable to go to work, get out of bed, or perform day to day tasks such as cleaning the house and getting dressed, it’s time to get help. 

You Are Not Enjoying the Things You Love: 

People that are depressed may not be able to find joy, even while engaging in their favorite pastimes or hanging out with friends. 

It’s Hurting Your Relationships: 

Depression can cause people to act unpleasantly or become detached from society. They will notice that relationships with friends will start to diminish. They may also be unable to retain a job or perform well at work. 

You Are Experiencing Physical Symptoms: 

It’s not unusual for people who are depressed to feel physical pain. They may be unable to eat or sleep. These are symptoms that further reduce quality of life making for a vicious cycle. 

You Are Having Suicidal Thoughts: 

If you are having any type of suicidal thoughts, it’s imperative to get help immediately. 

You Have Turned to Drugs or Alcohol: 

Many people dealing with depression find it difficult to talk to someone about their mental illness. Instead of reaching out, they use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Although these may provide temporary mood lifting effects, they will ultimately worsen mood and reduce quality of life. 

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What to Expect in a Holistic Depression Treatment Center

There are many ways to treat depression, but one of the most effective may be to check into a residential treatment center. Once there, medical experts will monitor you to get to the root of your depression and get you started on a healthier lifestyle. 

Here’s what to expect when you check in. 

Investigation: 

Therapists will start by interviewing you to determine the underlying cause of your depression. This will include talking to you about your history as well as finding out about your physical health. They may look at past health conditions, diet and exercise to determine what role they play in your mental condition. 

Therapy: 

Once the medical staff becomes familiar with your case, they will work out a treatment plan that is best suited for your situation. This will include a combination of a diet and exercise program that keeps you healthy and energized. It will be combined with a form of talk therapy that helps you understand the source of your depression and presents healthy coping mechanisms. 

Outpatient Treatment: 

Therapists know that patients may have trouble readjusting to the outside world after completing treatment. You may encounter stressors that darken your mood making you fall back on old ways. The rehab clinic will provide you with ongoing therapy that helps you get used to the ‘real world’ and keeps your spirits elevated. 

Relevance’s Depression Center in New Jersey Can Help

There are several facilities that are qualified to treat depression, but at Relevance Recovery, we take a science-backed approach that sets us apart. 

We believe in using a combination of strategies to help patients overcome mental illness by integrating traditional and modern practices. We implement holistic, medical and psychiatric therapies to provide the best possible outcome for our patients. We devise a customized plan that is best suited for each individual’s situation. 

Our treatment covers addiction and its underlying causes. If your mental condition has caused you to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, we can help. We treat dependency problems at their root addressing depression and other issues that have caused patients to use. Once those issues are identified, we target them to prevent addictive behavior. 

We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment following through to ensure patients adjust to sober living. 

Depression can greatly reduce the quality of life. Don’t let it rob you of the ability to enjoy the things you love. Reach out to Relevance Recovery today. We will get you set on a path to healthier, happier living.  

Our Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Center Is Here for You

There are many mental health facilities NJ to choose from, but at Relevance Recovery, we believe we take a unique approach that sets us apart. Rather than rely solely on traditional therapy methods, we offer holistic, multidisciplinary, integrative drug rehab that provides the perfect mind body balance. 

We begin by assessing each patient’s unique situation to come up with a therapy plan that is right for them. This could include the basics, like psychotherapy, as well as alternative strategies like acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, acupuncture and more. We recommend a healthy exercise and food regimen to support rehab goals. 

After a patient dealing with addiction graduates our outpatient mental health treatment, they move on to a sober living facility. Here, they are taught the skills they need to be successful while making this important transition. They also continue to participate in therapy in the form of CFC, a nonprofit substance abuse prevention program.

Mental illness and addiction are diseases that are extremely difficult to deal with. Don’t go it alone. Relevance Recovery provides outpatient mental health facilities that will help you overcome your issues. Call us to take the first step on your road to wellness. 

“The treatment experience at Relevance has been extremely helpful in terms of addressing the root causes of my addiction and teaching me different tools in recovery. All of the counselors provide interactive groups and individual meetings to help make recovery exciting. Treatment here has also helped me identify my goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces.”

– B.S.

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