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How Depression Treatment Centers Reduce the Risk of Suicide

October 28, 2016 - - 0 Comments

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Risk of SuicideDepression is a mental disorder that is characterized by sad and lonely feelings, most often accompanied by a loss of interest in everyday activities. If left untreated, the symptoms of depression interfere with the ability to function and lead to suicidal thoughts and/or attempts. Depression treatment centers in Arizona provide a way for people to change their negative behaviors and replace them with positive coping mechanisms through traditional and experiential therapies. Offering a wide variety of therapeutic modalities is just one of the ways how depression treatment centers reduce the risk of suicide and help people gain a new outlook on life.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are at least 10 different types of depression that can and should be treated, including:

  • Perinatal and Postpartum: Perinatal and postpartum depression occur in women during and after pregnancy. Studies show that about 15 percent of women experience some type of depression during their pregnancies. It would not be surprising to find out that a lot of these women blame their crying, anxiety or fatigue on hormones rather than a mental disorder.
  • Atypical: Atypical depression is quite interesting because, unlike the normal characteristics of depression where nothing seems to make people happy, those with this type can feel a boost of their mood when a positive event occurs.
  • Elderly: Depression among the elderly is more common than you think; mostly because they are going through extreme life changes, both mentally and physically and it is hard to cope with these changes, especially if they are doing it alone.
  • Seasonal Affective: Seasonal affective disorder is related to seasonal changes. People who suffer from this depression usually start to feel sad in the fall and continue into winter; they begin to feel less moody in the spring and summer months.
  • Manic: Manic depression, often confused with bipolar disorder, is characterized by someone who experiences periods of intense highs followed by extreme lows.
  • Major, Chronic, Melancholic and Endogenous: Major Depressive, Chronic, Melancholic and Endogenous depression are all quite similar. Those who suffer will exhibit irritability, loss of interest, feelings of guilt and indecisiveness.

Like all mental disorders, the most common causes of depression are genetics, environment and family history. Other risk factors include low self-esteem or the inability to cope with stress.

In 2010, researchers found a gene, the PBRM1, which is critical for chromatin remodeling, that was among 62 percent of people who suffer from a mood disorder. This research does not prove that depression is 100 percent genetic; however, it does prove that disorders are increased due to genetics.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “some research suggests that people with certain genes are more likely to develop” depression than others. Although it is not 100 percent that two parents with bipolar disorder will pass it on to their children, it does increase the risk of it. In fact, when one parent has depression, their child has a 15-30 percent increased chance at developing it.

People who suffer from depression lost interest in their normal daily activities, have trouble sleeping and feel worthless. They tend to isolate themselves from others and miss out on a lot of opportunities. If depression is not treated, it can negatively affect home, social and work lives.

Depression treatment centers in Arizona treat depression using a combination of traditional and experiential therapies. Before patients begin their program, they must undergo an extensive mental and physical assessment in order for staff to properly diagnose all conditions patients may be suffering from. Through the assessments, a highly individualized treatment plan can be crafted that will cater to each patient’s unique and specific needs.

Therapies will include group, family, outdoor, cognitive behavioral and holistic approaches, such as yoga and meditation. Traditional therapies allow patients to recognize maladaptive behaviors in order to replace them with positive coping mechanisms. Experiential therapies are designed for patients to pinpoint certain triggers that may be contributing to their mood disorders.

All programs offered at depression treatment centers help patients solve problems, create better outcomes, cope with negative environments and live a long life full of health and happiness.


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