At Burning Tree Ranch, we understand that depression is more than just sadness. It’s a mental health disorder that affects the way that you feel, think, behave and perceive the world. Depression can co-occur with other psychological disorders, including substance abuse disorder. Although depression can be a serious and debilitating condition, it is treatable.
By addressing addiction and depression concurrently, Burning Tree Ranch helps our clients achieve fulfillment emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
How Do I Know If I Have Depression?
Many people who struggle with addiction don’t get treatment for depression. The symptoms from addiction can often replicate the symptoms of depression, creating confusion for the sufferer. Perhaps you feel off but aren’t sure of the reason.
The best way to identify depression is to get a professional assessment. But the following symptoms of depression could alert you to the condition:
- Persistent, frequent or repeating patterns of sadness, lack of motivation, dread or disinterest
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Fatigue or low energy
- Sleep disturbances
- Substance abuse
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Problems with concentration and decision making
- Physical pains and ailments
- Low libido
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Anyone can experience symptoms like these from time to time. However, individuals with depression typically have several signs at once. Symptoms of depression generally occur daily and last for longer than two weeks.
Treatment for Depression
Depression symptoms can manifest in various ways. Some people push through the feelings of sadness and notice the physical symptoms intensely. Others wonder if they have simply let their emotions get away from them. Working with a professional can help you identify the problem and provide options for depression treatment programs.
In general, a combination of psychotherapy and medication is effective for depression treatment. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why it’s especially important to attend a treatment program that offers various depression treatment methods.
Some of the most common depression treatment options that are used in conjunction with psychotherapy include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Neurofeedback therapy
What to Look for in Depression Treatment Programs
The best depression treatment programs involve a multi-faceted approach that addresses your individual needs. If you struggle with addiction or other mental health disorders as well as depression, your treatment should be tailored to these conditions.
Long-term inpatient rehab is often beneficial for people who haven’t responded to short-term treatments or have relapsed more than once. Immersing yourself in a supportive environment can help you integrate what you have learned in treatment without the added stressors of your home life. The success of your treatment should be based on benchmarks and milestones instead of calendar days.
At Burning Tree Ranch, we offer individualized depression treatment that offers family involvement and accountability. We customize our aftercare program to help solidify your success in recovery.