For millions of people, including those living in Hollywood, Florida, depression is more than a temporary “case of the blues” or feeling “down in the dumps.” Even though some people may think of depression in these terms, the truth is depression is a chronic mental health disorder that requires professional treatment.
As the American Psychiatric Association (APA) explains, depression, also called major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression, causes not only feelings of sadness but also a loss of interest in once enjoyable activities. It goes on to say that depression “… can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.”
This is how one can tell when someone’s low mood is more serious. When depression affects how someone thinks, feels, or acts for two weeks or longer, it is worth taking a closer look at what’s going on. Some symptoms you may notice in yourself or a loved one include:
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Low energy, low motivation
- Increased tiredness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Slower movements and speech
- Guilt or feelings of worthlessness
- Foggy or muddled thinking
- Inability to make decisions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Thinking about death and dying
Overall in Florida, 17.7% of people statewide are reported to have depression, according to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report. The report also says more women have a depressive order than men. Data also show that 14% of Florida residents have frequent mental distress. Many factors can cause depression, and it can happen to anyone for any reason. Some may be predisposed to it because it runs in the family, while others may struggle with depression due to environmental factors or if they are using drugs and/or alcohol. Some people are battling with adverse life situations, such as unemployment, homelessness, and other issues, which can also lead to depression.
The coronavirus pandemic has not made life easier for many people. As the pandemic heads into its second full year, many people are still dealing with job loss, losing loved ones to COVID-19, and trying to cope with all the changes the pandemic brought with it. In Broward County, which is home to Hollywood, Florida, the 2-1-1- helpline saw an increase in calls during the first two months of the pandemic. According to a Sun-Sentinel article, the helpline noted a 188% increase in calls from March to April 2020. Calls about dying by suicide increased to 86 percent.
Depression can be a mental health issue by itself or a symptom of another mental illness. It is important to get an official diagnosis from a licensed medical or mental health professional and then follow it up with the appropriate treatment. According to the APA, up to 90% of people with depression respond favorably to treatment.
What Happens If I Don’t Get Help for Depression?
If you don’t get help for depression, it likely will worsen and cause lifelong complications that can make life challenging across all areas. This is why so many people turn to alternative, unhealthy ways to cope with their symptoms. This includes using drugs and alcohol to “feel better” or “numb” the mental, physical, and emotional pain one doesn’t want to face. Unfortunately, engaging in substance abuse only makes depression worse and puts the user on the path to substance addiction.
Vista Pines Treatment in Hollywood, Florida
If you or a loved one is in the Hollywood, Florida, area, and you are looking for professional treatment for depression, we at Vista Pines Health can help you. We welcome you to our Pembroke Pines facility, which is a short drive away from your community. We encourage you to come in and explore your treatment options with us as soon as you can. Many people do not realize depression can be managed, and that help is available.
There is no need to be part of the population that leaves this disorder untreated. Although Florida ranks near the bottom in providing residents with mental health care access, according to a Florida Behavioral Health Association report, you can be among the people here who get the help they need to live productive lives.
Vista Pines Health, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility, provides optimal wellness in all life areas. We use evidence-based approaches to help our patients find the peace of mind they deserve despite having a mental health disorder. We show them how they can achieve happiness and balance as they learn more about their disorder in a private, safe, and confidential setting. Our 20-bed facility provides everything they will need as they complete their treatment program with us.
Here are the services we offer:
If you have a substance use disorder (SUD), you will start your program in medical detox, a critical starting point on the treatment spectrum that sets the tone of your overall treatment experience. Also, you must have medical and mental stability before you can focus on treatment for MDD.
Vista Pines Health shares a campus with our sister facility Arete Recovery, which specializes in treating people with SUDs. The medical detox phase of your recovery will take place at Arete. Our clinical staff will guide you through the drug withdrawal process, which ranges from mild-to-severe depending on how far you are along in your substance dependence. During this period, the substances you used and any toxins will exit the body. You will be monitored 24 hours for several days to ensure you’re safe as we help you manage withdrawal symptoms.
Medical detox gives you everything you need to make it through this critical period. It also will help you avoid a relapse or a return to using substances. Without this support, risks are high that you will pick up the drug again to get the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms to stop. Depending on your situation, you may be given medication for symptoms.
You also may be put on a tapering schedule that gradually lowers the amount of the drug your body is used to having. This will help you avoid sending your system into shock, which usually happens when chronic substance users quit a drug abruptly. Going “cold turkey” after longtime substance use is not recommended.
After you finish medical detox, you can begin the part of your recovery program that addresses your depression and teaches you the tools and strategies you will use to manage it daily.
Our inpatient/residential program is for people who have moderate-to-severe disorders. Here at our 20-bed facility, you will get the professional treatment you need without distractions. This time is important, and we will use all of it to focus on you and your needs. Your program will be tailored to your specific needs, and you will receive care from our staff. We keep our client-to-clinician ratios low to ensure you get individualized attention and care.
You will receive therapy and counseling. Depending on your situation and condition, you could also pair these with prescription medications widely used in treatment for depression, such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers.
We use psychotherapies that aim to help you in all aspects of your life. These include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Changing how we think can help us change our behavior, particularly after we put our thoughts into perspective. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy that helps people identify distorted thinking and how to change those negative, self-defeating patterns of thought. A person with depression can tackle problematic thinking and replace it with positive ways of thinking.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
We also use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help our patients address depression. DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps people learn how to address the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors they experience, even when they are not at their best. The idea is to accept themselves as they are without judgment. The goal is to accept negative, self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for what they are and work to change them.
In DBT, patients will learn:
- Mindfulness: Staying present in the current moment
- Distress tolerance skills: Getting through unpleasant experiences without using negative coping techniques
- Emotional regulation: Learning how to control one’s emotions
- Interpersonal effectiveness: Learning how to navigate social situations and have quality relationships
As mentioned earlier, some people with depression use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate against its symptoms. If you have developed a substance use disorder along with depression, you will receive dual diagnosis treatment during your stay with us.
Dual diagnosis is a term that describes the condition of having a mental disorder and a substance use disorder at the same time. It is important that both disorders are treated together at the same time. Treating one and not the other does not help the patient. We will review each illness separately and create an integrated program that addresses both conditions together.
Depression Treatment in Hollywood, Florida FAQ
Getting professional help for depression can help you figure out how to improve your life and give you the tools you need to do it. Now that you or a loved one is considering mental health care for depression, you likely have questions. We answer a few common questions people ask us about our services and mental health treatment in general. Please call or reach out to us online with any additional questions you have.
How Long Is Rehab?
Rehab lasts as long as you need it for your personal needs. We recommend you stay in your program as long as you need so that you get what you need. You may need up to 90 days or longer. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), at least 90 days (three months) is the minimum stay for recovery treatment. More time in treatment could boost your chances of staying sober long-term, research shows.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
If you are coming to us from outside our area, we can help you get to our facility when you come into town, and we can make sure you return to the station or airport so that you can return home. Whether you are in our area or outside, you are responsible for covering the cost of your travel arrangements. We can cover transportation needs if you need to go off-site for treatment. Generally, we cover all of our patients’ needs on-site in Pembroke Pines.
How Much Does Depression Treatment Cost?
Paying for treatment is a valid concern. These costs are often barriers for those seeking treatment. Your costs will depend on your situation, whether you are going to treatment for more than one disorder, what you’ll need during your treatment, and how much your insurance will cover, among many other factors.
While we won’t be able to give you an exact figure, you should consider the following when deciding on how the tab:
- How long you can expect your treatment program will last
- Where you receive your services (inpatient or outpatient services)
- Medications, therapies, counseling, and other related expenses
We believe your health and well-being are worth any cost. You can’t afford not to go to treatment. More is at stake if you don’t go. We can discuss payment options with you that can help you get the treatment you need.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you will have to travel, as we offer our services at our facilities in Pembroke Pines. We can help you find a facility closer to the Hollywood, Florida, area if traveling is an issue. Our intake coordinator can help you with more information.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
We accept insurance from major providers. We also have a group of in-network providers. If your insurer is part of this group, your treatment costs could be lower. We can verify your coverage with your insurer and let you know what your plan covers. We can also let you know what costs you would be responsible for, if any, in case your plan doesn’t cover everything you need for your program.
We will do everything we can to help you get the treatment you need and deserve. Just give us a call.