Some 300 million people live with depression globally, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). It is such a serious condition that it has been identified as the main cause of disability among people ages 15 to 44.3 in the United States, affecting more than 16.1 million American adults.
Even though depression is widespread, it is often misunderstood. One reason people do not recognize when a person is battling depression is that they don’t understand or fully understand what it is. Many people with depression go on about their lives as normal. They may even laugh, smile, and joke, which only makes it harder to detect that there’s a serious problem. There’s a common perception that depression is temporary when, in fact, the opposite is true.
It is common to hear that someone is “down in the dumps” or dealing with “a case of the blues.” While everyone can be sad every now and then, depression is more than just a temporary sadness when things aren’t going our way.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) offers its view of depression, saying the condition “…causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.”
The condition formally called major depressive disorder (MDD), or clinical depression, affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves daily. Depressive symptoms that last two weeks or longer could lead to a diagnosis of depression, per the APA.
How Do You Know If Someone Is Depressed?
Depression affects people differently, but one major sign is if you notice a person is struggling to do the things they need to do for themselves or things they once enjoyed doing. The condition can make it hard for people to get out of bed or want to socialize with others. A person with depression may skip meals for long periods, or they may overeat because they do not feel well mentally and emotionally. If you or someone you know is coping with depressive symptoms, you may notice these signs as well:
- Sadness that won’t go away
- No interest in daily activities
- Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
- Weight loss or weight gain that isn’t related to dieting
- Low energy
- Increased tiredness
- Delayed movements and speech
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Foggy or unclear thinking
- Inability to make decisions
- Suicidal thoughts
- Thoughts about death and dying
Depression can happen to anyone. It is believed, however, that a person’s brain chemistry, genetic makeup, personality, and environment can make them more susceptible to the condition. It’s also essential to remember that there are different types of depression. Some women experience it during pregnancy or after having a baby. Some people become depressed once the season changes (seasonal affective disorder), while others may experience the condition after going through a traumatic event. Sometimes, depression is a symptom of another mental condition, such as bipolar disorder. This is why a diagnosis is important, and it should come from a licensed medical or mental health professional.
Whatever the reason is for the disorder, depression is treatable. Per the APA, 80% to 90% of people who have depression respond to treatment for it. If left untreated, depression can cause lifelong physical, emotional, and mental complications. Some people self-medicate with drugs and alcohol as they try to cope with the symptoms on their own. This only worsens their condition while raising their risk of developing a substance use disorder (SUD).
Vista Pines Treatment in Pembroke Pines
If you are in the Pembroke Pines, Florida, area, or anywhere in South Florida and have depression, you deserve access to mental health programs that help you learn how to manage it properly. It is important for people with a mental disorder to get the help they need. According to a Florida Behavioral Health Association report, Florida ranked 44th in providing residents mental health care access in 2018.
At Vista Pines Health, we’re working to change that, making care available to people who seek a recovery program that works for them. Vista Pines Health uses evidence-based approaches that promote optimal wellness in all areas of your life. We are committed to helping as many people as we can find peace of mind while living with mental illness.
Our Pembroke Pines-based facility is a home away from home for our patients. It is also a place where they feel safe while they address their health issues privately. People who have depression and a substance use disorder will find that we offer recovery programs for both disorders. If you or a loved one is working toward ending a SUD, then your recovery program would start with medical detox with Arete Recovery, a facility in the Delphi Behavioral Health Group network that treats people with substance abuse issues. Between our two facilities, our patients find everything they need here.
Here’s an overview of our services.
If you have a substance use disorder when you come into our program, you can expect to start with medical detox. This is a critical stage of recovery for most people. It sets the tone for your entire program and recovery. Before you can address your depression and other concerns, you will have to regain medical and mental stability.
During this period, the substances you used and any toxins will exit the body, leaving you in a state of withdrawal. These uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, painful, and/or life-threatening, which is why undergoing professional medical detox is the best place to be at such an important time.
The medical detox phase of recovery ensures you receive the support you need to stop using drugs and alcohol and clear your system so that you can start rebuilding your life. You will receive 24-hour medical monitoring that ensures you end substance use safely and in such a way where the threat of relapsing is greatly reduced. Once you wrap up detox, you will move on to the next phase of your program.
Vista Pines Health’s an inpatient/residential program is the next stop for people who come to us with moderate-to-severe disorders. Detox is merely the beginning of a long process. Patients will not get the results they want or need by completing detox alone. This is why time in an inpatient/residential setting is important.
Our 20-bed facility gives our patients the time they need to receive treatment for their mental disorder without the distractions or noise of everyday life. This, too, is a critical time, so we spend it treating our patients’ needs with programs customized to their needs. Here, they learn more about their condition(s) and what they need to manage it.
Our client-to-clinician rates remain low so that our staff gives each patient the time and care they need. Depending on your program, you will receive therapy, counseling, and medications, such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers, which aim to help you with managing depression using rigorously tested methods.
The psychotherapies we use aim to treat the “whole person” and help our patients gain a new perspective about their disorder and themselves. We use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), among other therapies, to help our patients with depression.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Addressing our thoughts first is a way to change our behavior for beneficial results. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps us identify distorted thinking patterns and reframe those negative thoughts so that we can seek better options that help us, not hurt. A person with depression would learn how to recognize self-defeating thoughts that block them from finding the balance they need. CBT improves problem-solving that promotes healthier ways of thinking.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of CBT, allows our patients to accept their imperfections as they are and work from those. This approach reduces self-judgment and encourages one to just be. This psychotherapy encourages patients to engage in trust-building and being present in the moment to get to the place of self-acceptance. A person with depression could benefit from DBT by learning how to become an observer of their feelings and thoughts and share how they feel about them. DBT teaches the following:
- Distress tolerance that eases intrusive thoughts
- Emotion regulation so that one stays in control of how they feel
- Managing themselves and interpersonal relationships
- Staying present in the moment unfolding now (mindfulness)
If you have depression and a substance use disorder, you will receive dual diagnosis care. It is important that dually diagnosed patients receive treatment for both conditions at the same time. Treating only one addresses only half the problem. It also undercuts any progress made in treatment. We will go over each illness separately to see how your integrated program should work.
Depression Treatment in Pembroke Pines FAQ
Seeking professional treatment for depression is the right move if your symptoms are disrupting your life. Still, deciding to go to treatment brings more questions. We’re always ready to answer your questions. Below, we answer a few common questions we get about our services and treatment in general. Please reach out with any additional questions you have.
How Long Is Rehab?
Your needs and personal situation will determine how long your stay is in rehab. Ideally, you will stay as long as you need to ensure you are getting the most out of your program. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises that treatment lasts at least 90 days, although it can run for 30 days. Some say that more time in treatment can boost your chances of following your recovery plan for the long term.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
If you are traveling from outside our area, you are responsible for covering the cost of your travel arrangements. We can transport you to and from our facility once you arrive. We’ll just need to know where to pick you up and when. We also can take you back when your program finishes. If you have additional transportation needs during your stay, such as off-site appointments, we can take care of them.
How Much Does Depression Treatment Cost?
Paying for professional mental health treatment will depend on your situation. As you decide on where you will go for treatment, you may want to consider:
- How long your treatment program will last
- If you will need to stay on-site and for how long
- The services you will need during your stay
- Medications, therapies, counseling, and other treatment expenses
You probably will have to pay more if you receive treatment for depression and a SUD. We can go over all expenses and answer your questions about them. We can also help you consider payment options that could work for you.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes. We offer our services here at our Pembroke Pines facilities. If traveling to us presents an issue, finding a facility closer to you might be the better option. You can reach out to our intake coordinator for more information.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
We accept insurance from major providers, and some are in-network with us. This could mean lower treatment costs for you. Our verifications team can call your insurer to confirm the treatment services your plan pays for. If you call, you will want to ask about this and what share of the costs you would be responsible for, if any.
We also offer payment plans and can help you if you are underinsured or not insured at all. We will do everything we can to help you. Just give us a call.