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Depression Therapy

Recent statistics indicate that depression affects over 3 million American adults on an annual basis. An alarming number of these individuals may not get the depression treatment they deserve. Depression is one of the most prevalent types of psychiatric disorders.

Clinical depression is different than temporary sadness as a result of a difficult life experience. It’s normal to experience sadness as a result of a loss, for example. Clinical depression such as dysthymia goes much deeper than this. The affected individual will often endure more severe sadness that lasts for a longer period of time.

Depression can even occur in the absence of a corresponding life event. Learn how our depression treatment center in South Jersey can help. Do you think you could be struggling with depression? Take our free online Depression Self-Assessment to find out.

What is Depression

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What is Depression

Depression can have many different root causes. The cause for depression can vary from person to person and may even be multiple things. It is often times hard for doctors to pick out a singular cause for depression. The human brain is so complex that there are still many things we do not understand. However, there are many theories on the root of depression including:

  • Stressful life changes
  • Traumatic events
  • Grief over the loss of a loved one
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Genetic or hereditary factors

It is important to know that each patient is different and there may be multiple causes for your depression. It takes time to figure out the root cause to properly treat it.

Symptoms

Many people suffering from depression will draw away from loved ones. These individuals may also lose interest in their favorite activities.

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Treatment Options

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Medication

There are many types of medications that can be useful in treating and managing the effects of depression. 

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Counseling

Both personal counseling and group therapy can be beneficial for those experiencing depression. Personal counseling allows the individual to develop a close relationship with his therapist. This relationship may allow him to open up about painful or private topics. Group therapy, on the other hand, provides exposure to peers who may be experiencing the same

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Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy techniques can be very effective for those struggling to overcome depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and related approaches can help a depressed individual identify and change negative thought and behavior patterns.

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Support System

Many professional treatment centers place a lot of focus on family and community involvement. Also, this involvement allows a person experiencing depression to create a support system that facilitates healing and recovery. A support system like this provides ongoing assistance to those recovering from the harsh effects of depression.

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Lifestyle Changes

In addition to counseling and medication, lifestyle changes may be necessary. In many cases, a professional treatment facility will also encourage a person facing depression to make significant changes to their lifestyle. Some examples include:

  • Exercise
  • Adequate sleep
  • Stress management
  • Healthy diet

Medication

There are many types of medications that can be useful in treating and managing the effects of depression. 

Counseling

Both personal counseling and group therapy can be beneficial for those experiencing depression. Personal counseling allows the individual to develop a close relationship with his therapist. This relationship may allow him to open up about painful or private topics. Group therapy, on the other hand, provides exposure to peers who may be experiencing the same

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy techniques can be very effective for those struggling to overcome depression. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and related approaches can help a depressed individual identify and change negative thought and behavior patterns.

Support System

Many professional treatment centers place a lot of focus on family and community involvement. Also, this involvement allows a person experiencing depression to create a support system that facilitates healing and recovery. A support system like this provides ongoing assistance to those recovering from the harsh effects of depression.

Lifestyle Changes

In addition to counseling and medication, lifestyle changes may be necessary. In many cases, a professional treatment facility will also encourage a person facing depression to make significant changes to their lifestyle. Some examples include:

  • Exercise
  • Adequate sleep
  • Stress management
  • Healthy diet

What To Expect

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It can be very difficult to watch a loved one suffer from ongoing depression. In addition to guiding your loved one towards expert depression treatment, you can be a great help simply by lending a supportive shoulder and a listening ear. Remember that Harmony Bay behavioral health services exist to provide professional support in overcoming this condition.

Our diverse mental health therapy services include:

Don’t allow a mental health disorder to keep you from the life you deserve. We can help you overcome mental health conditions and find a new beginning.

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