Depression, also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a common but serious mental health condition. It causes morose and severe psychological and physical symptoms that affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, relationships, and ability to handle daily activities like sleeping, working, and eating. In order to get diagnosed with depression, your symptoms must be present for two weeks or more.
While we don’t always know what causes depression and anxiety, we know that these conditions are prevalent in most of the developed world. Our clinicians at Crestview specialize in helping people up from their darkest, most depressed moments. Contact Crestview Recovery by calling our mental health treatment center at 866.262.0531 to learn more about our depression, anxiety, or bipolar treatment programs. Our psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and therapists are available to help you manage depression and move forward in your wellness journey.
Treating Depression Starts in Therapy
We know that when depression or anxiety is left untreated, it affects our work, family, and social lives. Being depressed or anxious affects the way we interact with the people around us and how we feel about ourselves. People with clinical depression or anxiety can attend psychotherapy to help their condition. If they have a good therapist, they will be more likely to heal. A psychiatrist can also prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. It is important for people with depression to be under the care of a medical professional in order to determine when or if their medication needs to be adjusted. Signs a person may need their medication adjusted include the following:
Feelings of dysphoria and an absence of motivation
- Manic episodes
- Difficulty balancing
- Phobias or compulsions
- Persistent insomnia after diet and exercise adjustments
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
Trauma-informed therapy is a perspective that acknowledges the pervasive influence and impact of trauma on a person’s psyche. Trauma is caused by exposure to actual or threatened death or serious injury, sexual violence or molestation, or witnessing another person’s trauma.
- Direct exposure
- Witnessing violence (in person)
- Learning about a traumatic event affecting a close family member or friend
- Experiencing repeated, extreme, or pervasive trauma
The relationship between trauma and depression is a complicated one. A trauma-informed therapist can help you recognize when an event triggers an inappropriate emotional response due to past traumatic experiences.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a set of therapeutic procedures that addresses the role of particular thoughts and behavior patterns that interfere with mental health. CBT helps people reshape their actions and feelings by modifying thought patterns and self-perception. Taking the time to examine our thoughts as they relate to our self-esteem and behavior can help people cope with depression in healthy ways.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavioral therapy uses conversation, group work, skills training, individual therapy, and self-monitoring to help people develop healthy emotional responses. This therapy model uses a combination of skills training and the relationship building between the patient and clinician to help manage strong emotions and difficulty controlling behavior.
Depression Can Be Part of a Dual Diagnosis
While psychoactive drugs can be life-saving and improve people’s quality of life, they are toxic when overused or combined with other drugs. A few of the potentially deadly combinations of drugs people use to cope with anxiety and depression include the following:
- Opioids (fentanyl, heroin, methadone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine)
- Alcohol (whiskey, vodka, wine, beer)
- Benzodiazepines (alprazolam, diazepam)
- Stimulants (meth, cocaine, amphetamines)
When someone struggles with a mental health concern and a co-occurring substance use disorder, we call this a dual diagnosis. If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health and chemical dependence, these conditions trigger one another to the point that they often become indistinguishable.
When a person loses their insurance, loses access to FDA-regulated drugs, or is unable to find a drug without harmful side effects, they may look elsewhere for relief. People struggling with depression may develop problems with substance use in attempts to self-medicate. At Crestview we offer drug rehab programs to help treat many types of mental health concerns, including treatment for bipolar disorder, depression, and substance use disorder.
Anticonvulsant medications like gabapentin and allergy medications like Benadryl can also cause problems when used repetitively or in combination with other drugs. It is easy for people struggling with depression or anxiety to spiral out of control when it comes to drug use. While some medications effectively treat anxiety and depression without harmful side effects, it can be difficult to determine how an individual will react to a certain medication or combination of medications.
Chronic Pain, Fatigue, & Depression
People suffering from depression may also struggle with chronic fatigue, chronic pain, or both. Unfortunately, the medications—both doctor-prescribed and self-prescribed—that are most effective at immediately eliminating pain and fatigue are often the most likely to cause social and occupational impairments in the long term, especially when taken at increasingly high amounts. A Portland chronic pain clinic may be able to provide additional assistance.
While it is common for people to use the terms depression and bipolar interchangeably, these mental health conditions are different and require different types of treatment. People with bipolar disorder do experience depression, but they also experience periods of elevated emotional and physical intensity known as mania. To learn more about bipolar treatment at our Portland mental health center, contact a therapist at Crestview today.
Feeling Depressed or Anxious? You’re Not Alone
People with depression and anxiety experience symptoms that appear without provocation. Although drugs and alcohol may eliminate the unpleasant symptoms, they often prevent people from solving the problems they need to solve in order to grow. Although some people who use drugs to deal with anxiety and depression don’t become physically or psychologically dependent, many people do. We offer dual diagnosis treatment programs to treat people struggling with a combination of depression and substance use disorder.