“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
Bridges to Recovery residential treatment centers for depression and anxiety are located in the Pacific Palisades and Holmby Hills, CA. We are a luxury rehabilitation program that proudly serves residents of the Los Angeles area, as well as many who come from across the country and around the world to receive treatment with us. We have earned a reputation for excellent care in our community not simply by being among the best at what we do, but by continually striving to be better each and every day. We learn and grow along with everyone who chooses Bridges to Recovery to be part of their journey toward a healthier, happier, more balanced and fulfilling life, and we are forever grateful and committed to you in that trust.
What If My Depression or Anxiety are Actually Something Else?
While this may seem a strange question to someone who has never experienced depression or anxiety, we completely understand what it means. Our clients have posed countless similar questions over the years, including: “What if it’s just stress? I have been busy with work lately,” and, “I wouldn’t say it’s anxiety exactly, I’ve just got a lot on my plate right now and I’m overwhelmed.” Others have mentioned they fear illness or imbalances are at the root of their depression, with everything from thyroid issues to hormonal issues posited as a potential culprit. And simply put – these are all very real possibilities.
The question of whether your depression and/or anxiety is an as-yet unknown “something else” is precisely why we take thorough mental and physical evaluation very seriously at our Bridges to Recovery treatment centers for depression and anxiety. It is imperative to your health that we have a clear picture of the many possible causes and co-occurring conditions that contribute to your mental state. Only when we have that full picture can we begin to break down the walls keeping you suffering.
I Don’t Know if I Have Anxiety or Depression?
Many people confuse depression and anxiety as the same thing for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that many people who suffer from one also suffer from the other. Additionally, many drugs that are classified as an antidepressant are used for the treatment of anxiety, and the conditions themselves do share many key symptoms. That said, depression and anxiety are decidedly different from each other. As such, many elements of your treatment will vary depending upon which you suffer from, or in the event you suffer from both, which is dominant.
There is no cause for concern if you aren’t sure if you are dealing with anxiety, depression, or both. That is something we are here to help you uncover. As one of the leading treatment centers for depression and anxiety in California, and the country as a whole, the carefully-selected team of professionals at Bridges to Recovery brings their top-notch training and extensive experience to the table to accurately and fully diagnose and treat you. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and our team is fully committed to finding the precise mix of behavioral therapy and medication(s) that are right for you.
What If I Don’t Want to Take Any Medication?
If you are resolved to combatting your anxiety and/or depression without medication, we will work to create a completely holistic plan for you, but most of our clients do find some pharmacotherapy to be helpful as part of their treatment. Bridges to Recovery’s two locations, situated in the beautiful Los Angeles area, are holistic treatment centers for depression and anxiety by their very design. We strongly believe in the therapeutic power of lovely natural settings, surrounding yourself with positivity whenever possible, and engaging in calming, experiential, holistic therapies to include yoga, massage, meditation, acupuncture, and drumming. While our treatment protocol does most often combine these holistic therapies with medication, our completely individualized approach to mental rehabilitation gives us flexibility to work with the types of therapy you are most comfortable with.
Speaking of Medication – Can’t I Just Take an Antidepressant?
As so many who struggle with depression know all too well, sometimes even the best antidepressants available aren’t capable of helping you through your depression by themselves. Similarly, therapy alone is sometimes not sufficient. At Bridges to Recovery rehab for depression, we find the best fit for most of our residents is a customized program of therapy and medicine. We are using the word medicine very purposefully here as that is how we view antidepressants – as a medicine.
Medicine can be defined as “any substance or substances used in treating disease or illness.” Medicine is not a cure-all on its own, but it is certainly not without its benefits for many. We understand completely that some feel antidepressants have earned a bad reputation. Far too many people have experienced situations where doctors were seemingly ‘throwing a pill at the problem.’ Many of our patients report that in the past, different formulas and strengths of antidepressants have been tried at random, with their doctors moving onto the next one when another didn’t work without skipping a beat. As they gave each prescription 6 weeks or more to take effect, they struggled through some of their most desperate, depressive lows. When a prescription failed to deliver the benefits they hoped for, this 6-week or longer process started again with a new med. It is our goal that this will not be your experience at Bridges to Recovery rehab for depression.
Your therapy and prescriptive recommendations are all thoughtfully-designed and selected based on your unique situation and in collaboration with you. While there are likely to be modifications made as we uncover what works best for you, these will all be made with the changes we see and you share with us daily. This is a large part of what makes residential treatment centers for depression and anxiety such a smart choice.
In an outpatient rehab setting, your doctors and therapists have very limited interaction with you for days, weeks, or even months at a time. When you do have an appointment to address a concern, they are often only with you for a short time, and can only rely on your feedback in their recommendations. In an inpatient setting, we are with you each and every day, and can consider your feedback and our own observations in our recommended therapeutic and prescriptive therapies.
In the words of Corrie ten Boom, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Take the first step toward reclaiming today’s strength and letting go of tomorrow’s sorrow by contacting Bridges to Recovery treatment centers for depression and anxiety today.
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