There is a range of available treatments for depression, but it is worth noting that each case is unique and complex. The best depression treatment plans are tailored and developed around the individual. Depression treatments may include; talking therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), antidepressant medication or a combination therapy. Combination therapy for depression outlines the method of using a range of treatments to combat the mental illness (generally the most effective option).
Depression Treatment at Home
Home depression treatment is an effective way of combatting your mental health in order to control your current condition. For severe cases of depression, full-time live-in depression care would be the most appropriate choice moving forward for support with your mental health. For cases that aren’t as severe, regular home care visits can be arranged depending on the level of care that is required by the client.
Effective specialist depression home treatment can reduce the level of anxiety, distress and depression you are currently feeling so you can begin your road to recovery. Brevin’s in-home private depression treatment also places an intense focus on developing new techniques to handle emotions and stress in the future. This helps reduce the chance of any relapses into mental health problems so you can live happily and healthily following a Brevin bespoke personal care plan.
If left untreated, depression can have a significant negative impact on social, physical and mental well-being. That’s why depression treatment is most effective in the early stages, as the mental health condition can often gradually worsen with time, making it a more difficult challenge to reverse.
Severe Depression Treatment (Resistant Depression Treatment)
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a term used in psychiatry to describe cases where a client has taken at least two courses of antidepressants and hasn’t had an adequate response. With TRD, the course of action is not always clear but there are several options available. The team at Brevin are experts in designing a depression treatment plan to help clients and families through this distressing period of mental illness.
Many people fail to recognise their feelings as depression, especially if they haven’t experienced a mental health condition before. You should look to seek specialist depression treatment if you have felt down or miserable, have lost interest in activities you once loved or experienced other symptoms of depression in the categories below. Particularly if this has been over a prolonged period of time.
Symptoms of Depression:
- Unhappy, disappointed or tearful
- Frustrated & irritable
- Empty and numb
- Lonely and unable to confide in other people
- Unable to get pleasure from activities you once enjoyed
- No self-confidence or self-esteem
Depression Behavioural Symptoms:
- Alienating family and friends
- Becoming anti-social and not going out anymore
- Unable to focus and concentrate
- Focusing heavily on the negatives
- Self-harming or suicidal behaviour
- A decrease in productivity at work and in-home life
- Increased difficulty in getting out of bed
- Misusing drugs and alcohol
Physical Effects of Depression:
- Insomnia, issues falling asleep and oversleeping
- Chronic fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
- Low sex drive
- Becoming less physically active
- Aches and pains with no apparent cause
- Loss of appetite and overeating
- Becoming sick or run down frequently
What are the Causes of Depression?
There is no single known reason why people suffer from depression; however, there are often various contributing factors that can cause a client to ‘spiral’ into depressive thoughts and feelings. These can include traumatic life events, e.g. losing someone close to you, a break-up with a partner, financial struggles or losing a job.
Those who are self-critical or have low self-esteem can often be vulnerable to depression. Some studies suggest depression is hereditary and you are more likely to be affected if your relatives have been prone to mental illness in the past. Some people may not be able to link their depression with any of the reason above which can often make it even more difficult to understand the source of the problem.
Depression has often been misunderstood and underestimated. In recent times, the stigma around depression has been lessened with many successful and high-profile individuals coming forward as sufferers. This shows that depression is indiscriminate in who it affects – regardless of a person’s wealth, age or environment, mental health conditions can appear at any point. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people will experience depression in their lifetime, with women tending to be more prone to the illness than men.
Types of Depression
Depression is a common medical illness that affects how a person feels, thinks and therefore acts. Those suffering from depression often have feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities or pleasure, low self-esteem and feelings of guilt. Depression can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems, decreasing a person’s concentration and ability to function at work, home and social situations.
Depression is different from feeling down or unhappy; everyone will have moments of unhappiness from time to time. However, those suffering from depression will experience more intense feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and negativity. Instead of the feelings going away, they stay with the individual and gradually worsen if not dealt with correctly.
For those living with depression, it can put a strain on relationships professionally, and with family, partners and friends. Those who surround them often struggle to understand the illness and how to help the person suffering.
There are many levels of depression which take on specific names and disorders. The ones below are the types of depression that are commonly seen:
- Major Depression
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Psychotic Depression
- Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- ‘Situational’ Depression
- Atypical Depression
The type of depression that a sufferer is diagnosed with is based on the number of symptoms that the sufferer displays over time. For example, a doctor may diagnose you with major depression if you have five or more clear symptoms on most days for two weeks or longer. Others vary and can include specific symptoms, but generally, the depression treatment will involve pinpointing your feelings and how long you’ve had them for in order to combat it with the correct treatment.
Visiting Your Doctor About Depression
When visiting your doctor about depression, they may ask the following questions:
- When did your depression symptoms start?
- How long have symptoms lasted?
- How severe are your depression symptoms?
- Does depression or other mental illnesses run in your family?
- Do you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse?
Your doctor may be able to offer advice and medication to help combat depression; however, you will often be referred to a specialist for treatment.
Brevin Private Depression Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with a form of depression, or feel that you are in the early stages of the mental health condition. Contact us today to see how our specialist mental health services can help you begin the road to recovery.
There are no physical tests to uncover whether someone is suffering from depression, but a GP may examine certain health aspects to rule out other potential conditions. Depression diagnosis surrounds a GP asking you questions to understand your mental and physical emotion alongside your general health.
If you have tried self-help such as regular communication about your issues and exercise, the next step should be to seek professional help regarding your depression. If you are looking for help, contact Brevin today to see how we can help you once again live happily and healthily through a combination of in-home depression treatments.