There are various types of treatment centers for depression. Understanding the differences in types of facilities available can help you narrow down choices when seeking the most appropriate place for treatment. Facilities are designed to handle a range of symptoms from minimal to extreme, such as suicidal and homicidal ideation.
Depending on the theoretical approach of the facility,
treatment can be addressed in several ways. Some facilities focus on the
problem and the management of the problem while others are more focused
on finding solutions. Some centers will spend a lot of time exploring
the past while others will focus predominately on the present. Asking
questions about the center's approach can help determine if it is the
right type of placement for you or your loved one.
There are various groups that serve as a combination of
education and support designed to help treat depression. These groups
can be primarily for support or active therapeutics groups. Developing a
support system and having people with whom you can relate can be
extremely advantageous. Groups take place at hospitals and local
community centers as well as counseling centers. It is important to
verify the credentials of the group counselors if the group is designed
to be therapeutic.
People who are dealing with milder depression symptoms can
be treated in an outpatient setting. These centers are available in
several forms and treat depression from several therapeutic approaches.
Outpatient treatment can also incorporate medications to treat
depressive symptoms. A psychiatrist can collaborate with an outpatient
therapist to ensure that the patient is stable and receiving the right
medication. Counseling may be individual or family based. Many treatment
centers involve a support system and group counseling. Treatment will
address the causes of depression as well as help patients develop coping
strategies to deal with stressors.
Long Term Inpatient and Residential Treatment
Long term inpatient facilities are designed to incorporate
psychopharmocology with counseling to begin addressing the causes of
depression and develop an effective treatment plan. Most patients will
receive some form of medication and engage in individual and group
counseling while in treatment. Hospitalizations can last from a few days
to a few months and serve the purpose of stabilizing a patient's mood.
Once a patient is out of crisis and has stopped expressing extreme moods
and manifesting extreme behavior, the patient will progress to
Acute Inpatient Treatment
The treatment of depression has changed over the years and
there are now many more options available. Inpatient facilities are
designed to address severe symptoms that are interfering in a person's
daily functioning. Patients usually come to these facilities after
expressing serious symptoms like extreme isolation, psychotic thinking
and suicidal thoughts or after intentionally harming themselves.
Patients can be admitted voluntarily or involuntarily for evaluation and