Depression and depressive disorders are serious mental health conditions that can make even the simplest of activities downright impossible to complete. While sadness and bad days affect us all, if you have a depressive disorder, you’re likely struggling with feelings of hopelessness and sadness that persist throughout your days. You may have trouble getting out of bed and going to work each day, unable to fulfill your responsibilities in the way you should. You may begin to withdraw from loved ones and friends as you feel no one can understand the way you’re feeling. You don’t enjoy life like you once did and you’re not sure how to rid yourself of these horrible feelings.
Depressive disorders are a very common mental disorder that, with proper care and treatment, are fairly simple to treat. Highland Ridge Hospital has had decades of experience helping children, adults, and the elderly successfully recover from depression and go on to lead a happy, normal, and productive life. You don’t have to wait to build the future you want; that future is now.
How to Help Someone Seek Inpatient Depression Treatment
Watching your loved one spiral down into the abyss of depression can be horrible to see. You may not know what you can do to help or if you can even reach your loved one. You’re afraid of saying the wrong thing and making the situation worse, but you know you have to reach out and do something, anything to let your loved one know you care. Here are some tips for helping a loved one seek inpatient treatment for depression:
Be an Advocate: One of the most important things you can do for a loved one is to let them know that you’ll be beside them through thick and thin. Offer to drive them to doctor’s appointments and ask questions of the doctor if your loved one needs the support. Reassure your loved one that you’ll be with them through it all – no matter what. This type of support can make a world of difference.
Educate Yourself: Learning about depressive disorders and spending time researching various types of treatment and self-care activities can help you better understand how your loved one is feeling. This will allow you to have an open, frank discussion with your loved one about treatment.
Talk it Out: Approach your loved one about depression treatment using “I” statements, such as “I’ve noticed you have many of the symptoms of depression.” Give them the space to talk about their feelings and listen, really listen in a nonjudgmental way. Gently guide them into an inpatient treatment program that you’ve researched. If they’re not ready to consider the option, let them know that it is always available to them.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Depressive Disorders?
If you’re struggling with depression, stuck in a roller coaster of emotions, riddled with sadness and hopelessness and unable to get out bed in the morning, you may not know how to help yourself recover. You may notice that you’ve socially isolated yourself, dropped once-enjoyable activities, and spend a good deal of time alone. You may have lost your job or dropped out of school as you were unable to fulfill the responsibilities. You may feel you’re living in a black hole and that nothing will ever get better. With proper treatment and care, you can recover from depression.
Inpatient treatment that combines various therapeutic techniques with medication management has been proven to be one of the most successful ways to overcome depression. An inpatient depression treatment center allows you to escape from the drudgery and stress of everyday life and spend your time focusing upon the most important thing – getting better. In an inpatient center, you’ll learn adaptive coping skills, strategies for relapse prevention, and ways to manage your symptoms.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we treat children, adults, and older adults struggling with depression using empirically-validated, scientifically-supported treatment options. We don’t believe treatment for depression is a one-size-fits-all approach, instead we individualize our plans of care to meet all the needs of each person who comes to us. The staff at Highland Ridge Hospital treats each of our patients as family, ensuring that you’ll always have a shoulder to lean on when you need us most. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will work together and alongside you to make sure that you’re meeting your treatment goals as you progress through our program. At Highland Ridge, you’re home.
Treatment Options for Depression at Highland Ridge Hospital
When you first come to us, you’ll undergo a series of evaluations to help our treatment team fully understand the troubles you’re facing. Our medical evaluation will help us to determine if you are suffering from any medical conditions or if you’ve been self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. The psychiatric examinations will allow us to get a bigger picture of the severity of your depression and determine if you are struggling with any co-occurring disorders. With the results of these evaluations, we’ll sit down with you and develop a plan of care for your stay.
Medication is often used at the beginning of treatment to manage any unpleasant symptoms, then slowly tapered down as you learn more adaptive coping mechanisms. Many times, people who have depression will be on a long-term medication, such as an antidepressant, to allow for continued care. Most medications to treat depression do take 6 to 8 weeks to fully see symptom management.
Individual therapy is provided to allow you the chance to work privately with one of our amazing therapists. In individual therapy, you’ll use a variety of therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to help you understand the ways in which your negative thought patterns affect the way you feel about the world.
Group therapy is very important for people who have depression as depression can lead to social isolation and feelings of loneliness. The ability to bond with and work together with a variety of people who are struggling with similar problems can be hugely helpful. Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer both process-based and psychoeducational groups to help you learn more about your depression and process the feelings you’re experiencing.
Family therapy is an important component for depression recovery as it allows the time for your family and loved ones to participate in your recovery. Family sessions will explore the ways depression has impacted your loved ones and allow them to express their feelings. It can also help you teach your loved ones more about depressive disorders and the treatment you’re receiving.
As Highland Ridge Hospital is a holistic treatment center, we are proud to offer a variety of experiential methods to help further your healing. These may include:
- Art therapy
- Recreation – volleyball, basketball, bowling
- Music therapy
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer services across the lifespan. We treat children, teenagers, adults, and older adults for a variety of mental health and behavioral health disorders through a spectrum of services. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for people who want to receive services while remaining in their community. We also offer inpatient services for children, teens, adults, and older adults who are struggling with a multitude of challenges.
When your time with us draws to an end, you’ll work with our discharge planner and your treatment team to develop an aftercare plan that meets your continuing treatment needs. Some of our patients feel they still would benefit from the structure of an inpatient program and opt to join a residential treatment center. Others feel they’d like to slowly integrate back into their community and choose to join our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP); each program allows the patient to return home in the evenings. Still others may feel they’ve made so much progress in our program that they’re ready to return home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.