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Depression

How to Know If You Need Outpatient Depression Treatment

a woman inquiring about Outpatient Depression TreatmentIf you’ve been diagnosed with depression, getting treatment is very likely to be an ongoing part of your life. That’s so much true that many people benefit from inpatient stays in clinics for rehab treatment and care. That stint in full time treatment gives you a baseline to build life skills and to learn how to manage your disorder. However, over time, you might need more and ongoing support.

Outpatient treatment is ideal for that because you can stay at home, continue your daily life and responsibilities, and fit treatment into your life instead of the other way around.

Outpatient treatment is typically 5 days per week and up to three hours per day. Here, you’ll go to treatment in the evening after work or during the day, while kids are in school. You might also opt for treatment on the weekends or in the morning before the rest of your day starts. In any case, you’ll get treatment for your depression without having to give up on the rest of your life. Mental health treatment is normal and it should be. 12.7 million U.S. adults received mental health assistance for things like depression and anxiety in 2022. If you need help, it’s important to ask. Whether you need that or not should almost always be decided by a doctor. However, some signs that you will benefit from it include:

You’re Struggling

If you’re having trouble with your day-to-day life, you probably need help. That’s true whether you’re withdrawing from the things you love, you’re having trouble keeping up with routines, you’re dropping out of social life, or you feel bad. Even persistent feelings that things are off or wrong are a good sign to reach out and talk to your doctor and to potentially get help.

You should never have a hard time keeping up. You should always feel like you have the tools to manage your life and the things in it. And, while emergencies happen, the norm should be that you have a handle on things. If that doesn’t feel like it’s the case, reaching out and looking into treatment and help is an important thing.

That’s also true if the issue is that you’re “just” feeling stressed or tense all of the time. A lot of people experience expression as fatigue. Others experience it as stress or feelings of tension or that things are about to go wrong. These feelings are not normal, and you shouldn’t have to live with them all the time. You can get help and you can work on finding a solution.

a male employee not enjoying his daily routineYou’re Not Enjoying Things

If you’re doing things you used to enjoy and are getting nothing out of it, it’s time to talk to a doctor about treatment. Depression means that your brain isn’t processing serotonin and dopamine correctly. That can mean feeling less enjoyment, less motivation, and more simple fatigue and tiredness. Either way, if you’re not doing things you love anymore, it’s a sign that things are deteriorating. And, that means things will get worse. Without positive things in your life and things you enjoy, you won’t have outlets or good things to look forward t. That will mean things will just keep getting worse. Therefore, it’s critical that you seek out depression treatment if things are that bad.

It’s okay to have a few down weeks. However, if things last more than a few weeks, you really want to make sure you’re getting help.

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woman with depression getting outpatient treatmentYour Routines are Falling Apart

If your routines are falling apart, it’s a good sign that you’re overwhelmed. Sometimes that can be because the routines are too much. In other cases, it can be because you are not doing well and you need help keeping up. This means that the first step is to step back, reduce your workload, find workarounds, and ensure that you have tools to get things done. That might mean talking to a professional and asking for help and insight. That’s especially true if you have family responsibilities that might push you towards doing more than you feel capable of. However, if you notice:

  • Personal hygiene slipping, e.g., you don’t put the same effort into dressing up, you don’t brush your hair, you don’t get dressed, etc. It’s a good time to be concerned for yourself and to ask for help. Major changes in personal routine and hygiene are hugely important indicators of your mental health. Even small stuff like not being invested in dressing nicely when you used to be or feeling like tying your shoes is too much effort can be hugely important indicators of mental health.
  • Slipping up on home routines like cleaning the house, putting away the dishes, or cooking. If you used to have a routine you could keep up with and now things are piling up, or you don’t know how to create a routine you can keep up with, it’s a very good sign that you might want professional help. It’s normal to have some trouble keeping up with dishes and other cleaning. It’s less so to have those tasks be overwhelming, for them to fall by the wayside for weeks at a time, or for some chores like laundry to just not happen until things are extremely bad.
  • Dropping responsibilities at home, like childcare, cooking for yourself, spending time with your partner, etc. The more important the responsibility, the larger the red flag it is when you drop it. If you find you’re just not keeping up with things you need and want to do, it’s critical to ask for help – even if that means staying at an inpatient facility.
  • Being late for work or failing other major responsibilities outside the home. If you’re not keeping up when social or financial pressure are involved, it’s a sign that you are having significant trouble and you should be getting help.

Letting things slip for a few days is okay. But, if things are falling behind for the longer term, you feel overwhelmed, too tired to manage, or just don’t care, it’s a very good sign that you badly need help.

a man trouble with relationships, struggling from depression Trouble with Relationships

The worse you’re doing, the more your mood is going to go up and down, the harder of a time you’ll have handling your emotions, and the worse you’ll be at keeping up with social responsibilities. That often means your relationships with friends, family, and even partners will deteriorate. Here, it’s important to recognize that depression can actively sabotage your relationships. Having the tools to communicate that, to set expectations, and to manage your emotions will allow you to manage your relationships and to maintain them around depression. That’s important for you, your quality of life, and your ability to maintain those relationships. Often, it will mean going to treatment, getting relationship therapy, and learning skills to manage your life around depression.

Eventually, going to treatment is a normal and healthy thing. Even if you think you’re struggling, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor, get insight from a professional, and get a handle on what your options are and how you can move forward.

Outpatient treatment for depression can be a great choice to allow you to get help and to get your depression under control without putting your life on hold – but you might also need more intensive care. It’s important to talk to a professional and ask for advice on what will work for you with your symptoms.

Redeemed Mental Health is a mental health & dual diagnosis treatment center offering PHPIOP, and individual levels of care. Contact us today to begin your journey of recovery!

A Closer Look at Anxiety, Depression, and Psychosis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Anxiety, Depression, and Psychosis Everything You Need to KnowWelcome back to Redeemed Mental Health, your trusted source for expert mental health care. Today, we’re taking a closer look at anxiety, depression, and psychosis. We’ll explore their symptoms, delve into their causes, and discuss the treatments available. Ready for another informative (and surprisingly fun) journey? Let’s dive in!

Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and Psychosis

Anxiety, depression, and psychosis are common mental health disorders that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. But what exactly are these disorders, and how do they affect us? Let’s take a closer look.

Symptoms

Each of these disorders presents with unique symptoms.

Anxiety

Anxiety is characterized by persistent and excessive worry. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but common signs include:

  • Restlessness: Feeling on edge or being unable to sit still.
  • Fatigue: Feeling tired all the time, even after a good night’s sleep.
  • Difficulty concentrating: Struggling to focus on tasks or frequently finding your mind going blank.
  • Irritability: Feeling easily annoyed or angered.
  • Muscle tension: Experiencing frequent muscle aches or stiffness.
  • Sleep problems: Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restless and unsatisfying sleep.

Depression

Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and treatment. Here are some common symptoms:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood: Feeling down most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities: No longer finding joy in things you once enjoyed.
  • Changes in appetite or weight: Significant weight loss or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite.
  • Sleeping too much or too little: Insomnia or oversleeping nearly every day.
  • Feeling worthless or guilty: Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty over things that aren’t your fault.
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions: Struggling to focus, remember things, or make decisions.

Psychosis

Psychosis is characterized by an impaired relationship with reality. It’s a symptom of serious mental disorders. People who are experiencing psychosis may have either hallucinations or delusions.

  • Hallucinations: Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there. For example, hearing voices or seeing people who aren’t there.
  • Delusions: Strong beliefs that aren’t true and that the person holds, even when presented with factual information. For example, the belief that outside forces are controlling their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • Thought disorders: Ways of thinking that are disorganized, confused, or nonsensical.
  • Movement disorders: Agitated or abnormal body movements.

Causes

The causes of these disorders are complex and multifaceted, involving a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It’s like a puzzle with many pieces – each piece plays a part, and the picture isn’t complete without all of them.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Genetics: Anxiety disorders can run in families, suggesting that a combination of genes and environmental stresses can produce the disorders.
  • Brain chemistry: Changes in the areas and pathways of the brain that control fear and other emotions.
  • Environmental factors: Elements in the environment around an individual can increase anxiety. This includes things like trauma, abuse, death of a loved one, or long-term stress.

Depression

Depression is often caused by a combination of factors:

  • Biological differences: People with depression appear to have physical changes in their brains.
  • Brain chemistry: Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring brain chemicals that likely play a role in depression.
  • Hormones: Changes in the body’s balance of hormones may be involved in causing or triggering depression.
  • Inherited traits: Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives also have the condition.

Psychosis

Psychosis can be caused by various conditions:

  • Psychiatric disorders: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, and PTSD can lead to psychosis.
  • Physical illness or injury: Traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and HIV can cause psychosis.
  • Substance use: The use of certain drugs, such as marijuana, LSD, amphetamines, and alcohol, can trigger a psychotic episode.

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Treatments

Paranoid Personality DisorderTreatment for these disorders typically involves a combination of medication and therapy. At Redeemed Mental Health, we offer a range of treatment options, including Individual Therapy, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP).

Anxiety

Treatment for anxiety often involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is especially useful in treating anxiety disorders. CBT teaches you different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful situations. Medications, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, can also be used to manage symptoms.

Depression

Depression is usually treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. If these treatments do not reduce symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other brain stimulation therapies may be options to explore. Lifestyle changes, such as improving sleep habits, increasing physical activity, and eating a healthy diet, can also help manage symptoms of depression.

Psychosis

Psychosis is typically treated with a combination of medications (usually antipsychotic medications) and psychotherapy. Early treatment is important, as it can help to manage symptoms and improve the long-term prognosis. In some cases, hospitalization may be needed if the person’s symptoms are severe or if they are at risk of harming themselves or others.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a closer look at anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Remember, mental health is a journey, not a destination. And with the right support and treatment, recovery is possible. So why wait? Take the first step towards reclaiming your mental health today.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and psychosis?

Anxiety, depression, and psychosis each have unique symptoms. Anxiety might manifest as excessive worry and restlessness, depression often involves feelings of sadness and loss of interest, and psychosis is characterized by hallucinations and delusions.

What causes these disorders?

The causes of these disorders are complex and multifaceted, involving a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It’s like a puzzle with many pieces – each piece plays a part, and the picture isn’t complete without all of them.

What treatments are available for these disorders?

Treatment for these disorders typically involves a combination of medication and therapy. At Redeemed Mental Health, we offer a range of treatment options, including Individual Therapy, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP).

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety, depression, or psychosis and are ready to seek help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team of mental health professionals at Redeemed Mental Health is ready to help guide you on your journey towards wellness. Remember, asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but a strength. So why wait? Take the first step towards reclaiming your mental health today. Contact us to schedule an appointment and let’s explore how our treatments can benefit you. Your journey to redemption starts here.