Co-Occurring Depression Treatment
It’s normal and natural to feel down sometimes, and most people are able to shake off this feeling and move on. However, for those with depressive disorders, this feeling can persist and become debilitating. Millions of people around the world struggle with depression, and many cases go untreated. Being able to recognize the signs of depression could help change someone’s life. In fact, depression is one of biggest comorbidities among patients with substance use disorders.
We offer programs for depression and other common mental health conditions. Starting treatment today means a brighter future tomorrow. Call us at 888.505.8279 and we can tell you more about what we offer.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression is a co-occurring disorder that can affect people in different ways, and is exacerbated by substance use. People with depression may appear outwardly functioning but feel a sense of despair inside. Some people may even engage in self-destructive behaviors such as substance use or reckless behavior. Here are some of the more common symptoms will include:
- Persistent sadness – Feeling down or sad most days for at least two weeks is a common symptom of depression.
- Loss of interest in activities – People with depression often find themselves unable to enjoy or take part in activities that used to bring them joy.
- Fatigue – Feeling tired or having a lack of energy to get up in the morning.
- Difficulty concentrating – Depression can make it hard for someone to focus on tasks at hand or make decisions.
- Disordered eating – Depression can cause people to either overeat or spark problems like anorexia.
- Disturbed sleep patterns – Depression interferes with sleep patterns either causing insomnia or drowsy conditions.
- Self-harm – Having thoughts about death on a regular basis is an especially concerning symptom associated with depression and should be taken seriously if noticed by loved ones or healthcare professionals.
Our Depression Treatment Program
A depression treatment program begins with an assessment to determine the severity of the depression and to identify any underlying causes or contributing factors. During this assessment, the patient will meet with a mental health professional who will ask questions about their symptoms, behavior, family history, drug or alcohol use, and other factors related to their mental health. This evaluation helps the clinician create an individualized treatment plan for the patient.
Talk therapy is often the foundation of most depression treatment programs as it allows patients to explore their thoughts and feelings in order to gain insight into their condition and develop healthier coping strategies. Common forms of talk therapy used in these programs include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), among others.
In addition to talk therapy, antidepressant medications may be prescribed as part of a depression treatment program. These drugs work by affecting chemical levels in the brain to reduce the symptoms of depression. Antidepressants usually take several weeks before they start working, so patience is important when taking them. However, they can be very effective when used appropriately under medical supervision.
Get Help with Co-Occurring Depression Today
At Samba Recovery, we understand that mental health is of paramount importance for our patients, and we stay up-to-date on the latest treatments and therapies for depression and other mental health disorders. We are proud to offer a comprehensive depression care in our Norcross rehab, allowing us to help people live the lives that they deserve.