Rehab for Depression Explained
Clinical depression can be a debilitating condition that makes it nearly impossible for an individual to function normally. It can be made worse if it exists in conjunction with an alcohol or drug abuse problem. Fortunately, depression rehab exists to help individuals caught in the trap of clinical depression regain control of their lives. Depression rehab has helped untold numbers of individuals get well.
You might be interested to know that some of the treatments used for depression have also been shown to be very helpful for alcohol and drug problems. That means if you do suffer from both, known as a dual diagnosis condition, they can be treated together. A good example would be a person suffering from clinical depression and alcohol dependence simultaneously.
What Depression Looks Like
The term ’depression’ is often used loosely to describe any sort of low mood. However, clinical depression is much more serious than that. It is a condition in which an abnormally low mood is a regular occurrence, accompanied by low self-esteem and a loss of interest in normal activities. The depressed individual typically does not eat well or take good care of his or her own health.
Clinical depression is classified as a mental illness for the purposes of treatment. Therefore, depression rehab puts great emphasis on the patient’s thought processes, emotions, and decision-making. When appropriate, there are prescription medications that can help.
Most people suffering from clinical depression access treatment by first visiting a GP. An initial assessment by the doctor can determine whether you are truly suffering from clinical depression or your problem is a milder form of the condition. If he or she determines it is clinical depression, they will work with therapists to devise a treatment plan.
That treatment plan may include a number of different strategies as follows:
- Wait and See – This may not sound like an effective treatment, but it is often the first option the GP will try. It involves using prescription antidepressants that will help elevate the mood of the individual, possibly well enough to avoid further treatment.
- Exercise Therapy – Moderate exercise has shown to be very effective as a treatment for depression. It is believed that the brain chemicals released during exercise elevate the mood, while reaching specific exercise goals builds self-esteem and gives patients something to work for.
- Counselling – Therapists will use a number of different counselling tools, including cognitive behavioural therapy and group counselling. By talking through a patient’s mental and emotional insecurities, it is possible to break through the cloud of depression.
Should your GP determine that your depression exists as part of a dual diagnosis scenario, he or she will most likely recommend a depression rehab programme. These programmes are available on either an inpatient or an outpatient basis.
Dual Diagnosis Recovery
Dual diagnosis conditions are actually fairly common in the 21st century. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to figure out if there is a cause-and-effect relationship. In some cases, a pre-existing clinical depression condition may have led to a drug or alcohol addiction. In other cases, it may be the exact opposite. In still other cases, there may be no cause-and-effect at all.
The challenging part for doctors and therapists is to treat both conditions simultaneously without either one adversely affecting the other. If that’s not possible, they might choose to treat one condition under the assumption that it is causing the second. Let us talk about depression and alcoholism for illustrative purposes.
If it is not possible to treat both simultaneously, a rehab facility might first tackle the alcoholism. In doing so, the symptoms of clinical depression may completely disappear once the alcoholism is under control. The rehab therapists are then free to concentrate solely on alcohol recovery throughout the duration of the rehab process.
Because of the nature of dual diagnosis conditions, we typically recommend clients seek private care at a residential rehab clinic. There are a number of private clinics throughout the UK specialising in treating dual diagnosis conditions. The medical professionals these clinics employ are the best qualified to design treatment plans with the greatest chances of success.
Things to Know about Private Rehab
In order for you to make a wise decision about private rehab, there are couple of things you need to know. First, we recommend clients undergo residential rehab even if the chosen clinic offers outpatient treatment. We believe residential rehab is the best way to ensure a complete and total recovery over the long term. Of course, we are not against outpatient treatment if it is determined you had be best served that way.
The next thing you need to know pertains to the cost of private rehab. Both dual diagnosis and depression rehab programmes can cost anywhere from £500 to several thousand pounds per week, depending on the clinic you choose. You do have several different payment options:
- private health insurance
- credit card accounts
- personal savings accounts
- a personal loan from the bank
- gifts and contributions from family and friends.
Finally, you need to know that private treatment requires a serious commitment from you. This is especially true if you are dealing with clinical depression in concert with a drug or alcohol addiction. Making a full and complete recovery depends on your willingness to fully commit yourself to getting well. If you are truly willing, our private rehab clinics provide the perfect atmosphere along with the professional treatments you need.
Let Get Started
Perhaps you are visiting our website because you have unsuccessfully tried outpatient treatment through the NHS or community-based services. On the other hand, perhaps you suspect you are suffering from clinical depression or a dual diagnosis condition, but you are not sure. In either case, we encourage you to call our helpline. We have a full staff of fully trained specialists able to assess your circumstances and recommend a course of action.
Rest assured that our communications with you would be kept completely confidential. No one need know you contacted us unless you want them to. What’s more, our services are free. Let’s get started right now.
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