Residential Treatment Center for Major Depression
Bridges to Recovery provides world-class residential treatment for major depression and other complex mental illnesses. We provide compassionate and effective care in a serene residential setting so clients can focus on their treatment and recovery without the worries of external pressures and stressors. Traditional treatments are supplemented with alternative therapies, along with self-management, good physical health practices, and social support. At Bridges to Recovery, we believe that exceptional psychiatric, clinical, and holistic care can transform lives.
Major depression is a serious mental illness that does not get better without treatment. Although it is chronic, major depression can be managed with the right treatment plan. The first step in managing this illness and feeling better is to get an accurate and professional diagnosis.
The diagnosis should be made or confirmed by a psychiatrist, and following the diagnosis, a treatment plan can be developed that includes medications, therapies, and other strategies.
It is important for a patient to stick with treatment, to be consistent, and to communicate with doctors and therapists to see the best results.
Psychotherapy for Major Depression
For most patients being treated for major depression, a combination of medication and psychotherapy provides the best long-term outcomes. Psychotherapy may take many forms, but a strategy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is among the most common type used for patients with depression. Working with a therapist through CBT or another type of psychotherapy can help a person:
- Recognize and change negative thought patterns
- Change behaviors
- Reduce depressive symptoms
- Adjust to a traumatic or stressful event
- Improve relationships by interacting better with other people
- Regain a sense of control over one’s life
- Set and achieve goals
- Cope in more positive ways with stressful situations
- Identify and avoid triggers for depression
- Learn and use self-care strategies
In addition to traditional one-on-one therapy and CBT, patients with major depression may benefit from some types of alternative therapies. These may include group therapy or participation in support groups, family or relationship therapy, art therapy, music therapy, animal therapy, or adventure therapy.
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Major depression treatment plans at Bridges to Recovery are tailored to the needs of the individual patient, but medications called antidepressants are a part of treatment for most. Antidepressants work by altering the levels of certain brain chemicals, which may be off balance because of depression.
These drugs must be taken for a certain period of time before it can be determined if they are having the desired effect. It is very important to stick with an antidepressant for the recommended period of time before deciding if they work or not. Many patients need to try more than one antidepressant before settling on one that really works and has minimal side effects. There are several types of antidepressants that may be prescribed:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Brand name drugs in the SSRI class include Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro, and Zoloft. An SSRI is often the first drug prescribed because this type works well for a lot of people and causes fewer side effects. SSRIs act by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain.
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs act by increasing both serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Some examples of SNRI medications are Cymbalta and Effexor.
- Tricyclic antidepressants. Tricyclics belong to an older class of drugs that are not used very often anymore. They work in a similar way to SNRIs but tend to cause more side effects. They may be used when other medications don’t work.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). This is another older class of antidepressants not used very often today. They cannot be used with SSRIs and interact dangerously with certain foods, drinks, herbal supplements, and other medications. MAOIs are only used when other antidepressants have no effect.
- Atypical antidepressants. Some drugs that may be prescribed for depression don’t fit neatly into the other categories. These include Wellbutrin and a few others.
Risks and Side Effects of Antidepressants
Antidepressants can be very useful in treating depression, especially as part of an overall rehab or treatment program, but they also come with some risks and the potential for side effects. The side effects vary depending on the specific medication and the individual, and often subside after a few weeks of using the drug. Potential side effects are:
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Blurry vision
- Agitation and anxiety
There are also some potentially serious risks of using antidepressants, including suicide. People under the age of 25 are at an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors during the first few weeks of taking a new antidepressant or changing doses. Some antidepressants may pose risks for fetuses and infants in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. There is also a risk of experiencing withdrawal-like symptoms with abrupt cessation of antidepressants. Patients should never stop using an antidepressant without a doctor’s guidance.
Residential Care for Major Depression
Treatment for major depression is often done on an outpatient basis. A patient may visit with his or her doctor for prescriptions, with a therapist for weekly sessions, with a support group every week, or some combination of these treatment components.
Many patients, however, benefit from more intensive, round-the-clock care delivered in residential facilities. With severe major depressive episodes, especially with psychotic symptoms, brief hospitalization may be required. For others, residential treatment can be a great way to get dedicated care over a longer period of time. Inpatient care allows an individual to focus on getting well and learning important strategies for coping with major depression that can be used outside the clinical setting.
Major Depression Treatment Goals
Major depression can at times seem like a challenge that is too much, that cannot be overcome, but treatment is effective and is proven to help patients feel better, reduce symptoms, and regain control over life. With the right mix of treatments that work for an individual patient, major depression is a disease that can be managed over a lifetime. A treatment plan is most effective when the patient commits to it, is consistent with each element of the treatment plan, engages socially and relies on others for support, and uses self-care strategies at home to be proactive about symptoms and negative thoughts and behaviors.
Why Choose Bridges to Recovery for Major Depression Treatment?
At Bridges to Recovery, we specialize in diagnosing and treating complex psychiatric and emotional issues such as major depression. We provide compassionate and effective care in a serene residential setting so clients can focus on their treatment and recovery without the worries of external pressures and stressors.
- Private residential accommodations. Our exclusive residential treatment homes have a maximum of six clients, providing a safe, private alternative to a more traditional hospital environment.
- World-class clinical staff. Our expert clinical team provides individual therapy using proven evidence-based treatment modalities to treat major depression.
- Individualized treatment plans. After a thorough assessment, we create a truly individualized treatment plan that offers profound healing and strategies for overcoming the toughest obstacles.
- Health and wellness-focused. To ensure your comfort during your healing process, our chefs create delicious healthy, gourmet meals. We also offer yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage, and physical fitness classes.
At Bridges to Recovery, we believe that exceptional psychiatric, clinical, and holistic care can transform lives. With the utmost dignity and respect, we meet you where you are to develop a vision for the life you wish to have, and offer the care you need to achieve it.
Please contact us today with any questions about our program and admissions.