It is a tragic and sobering fact that in the USA tens of thousands of people commit suicide every year. Many are linked to depression. What is even worse is the number of people who consider suicide because they are living a sad and depressing life.
Depression is not an age- based condition. It can strike the very young, the very old and those in-between. Depression was not a well-known disease for centuries and it is only in more recent times that medical advances have been made in this area of mental health.
Depression can be devastating for the sufferer and equally as painful for the family and friends of the sufferer. Fortunately there is a much greater understanding of depression today and treatments too have come a long way. One of the best and most recommended forms of treatment options involves residential care.
Having the patient live in has many benefits. Staff can supervise their activities 24/7 and be on hand should an emergency arise. Patients can form friendships with other residents and thereby build their self-esteem. The treatment can not only attack the cause of the depression but take the patient’s mind off their problems and on to more positive and healthy things.
Treatment can and does vary. Medication is often prescribed but not always so. However every patient is unique and the one-size-fits-all method of cure does not apply.
The age of the patient is a factor. A form of medication which might prove ideal to aid in the fight against depression may be perfect for a young and healthy person. But that same medication for an elderly patient with say heart problems will either be restricted or avoided altogether.
The most common form of treatment is individual counseling. In this one on one situation, the therapist and the patient are free to ask questions and disclose information. A feeling of trust can and usually is developed allowing the patient to feel free and the therapist to know which of the treatment options will best suit the patient.
Then there are the group therapy sessions. Patients are encouraged to discuss their feelings and ask questions. The leader of the group will guide the discussion and encourage all to participate. Patients can benefit greatly from comments by fellow patients. The emphasis is always on encouragement and being positive.
Family therapy is another option. This involves the patient and their family working with the therapist. Obviously it helps the family members to better understand the condition and prepare everyone for life again after the residential treatment program is complete.
Receiving any and all types of treatment is important but being able to undertake treatment while in full-time residence is most significant. The patient gets expert care around the clock and the most progress is made in the shortest time.
Depression is sadly a way of life for many people but there are treatment options which have proved to be highly effective. Residential treatment options are highly recommended.
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