Residential Treatment for Depression

Orange County Depression Treatment Center


Depression reaches into every corner of the lives it affects. D’Amore Healthcare is Joint Commission-certified and California-licensed to develop a specialized treatment plan to address every facet of your mental wellbeing, not merely the symptoms of depression, but its roots and causes as well. Our customized strategy provides stabilization, a foundation for mental wellness, and the beginning of freedom from depression.

D’Amore Healthcare examines your entire medical and psychological history, and our professional and compassionate staff is prepared to provide you with the best possible combination of treatment modalities. As a result, you will acquire new patterns of behavior and thinking, creating healthy habits in the process. Our patients learn to live vigorous, independent lives with their diagnoses.

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Depression is often described as a black hole, and without treatment, it can threaten to swallow lives. However, D’Amore Healthcare is ready to show you a new way of living. Our well-trained and kind-hearted staff is on call and ready to help you 24 hours a day, year-round to get you started on a personalized treatment plan of care with therapeutic modalities to ensure your mental wellness. We believe you are worth it, so call us anytime!

D’Amore Healthcare is a dual diagnosis, mental health treatment center for adult men and women specializing in the intervention, acute stabilization, and residential treatment of depression. Our mental health facility is located in the sunny community of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California.  

What is Clinical Depression?

It is common to hear people talk about being depressed, but depression should not be confused with mere sadness, depression is overwhelming, and those suffering from it often have difficulty even getting out of bed to face the day. The increased suicide rate and comorbidity with other conditions make depression a dangerous condition.  Clinical Depression, sometimes called Major Depressive Disorder, is a mental health disorder that is characterized by a low mood lasting two weeks or longer. This mood may include anhedonia, or a loss of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities, low self-esteem, fatigue, and unexplained aches and pains. An estimated 3% of the world’s population suffered from a depressive episode in one single year. That’s over 200 million people!  Furthermore, 2 to 8% of those adults will commit suicide.  If you or a loved one is considering the idea of attempting suicide, please look into our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Suicide Prevention.


A doctor or a mental health professional can make a Clinical Depression diagnosis based on a patient’s symptoms.  Depression can manifest itself through different symptoms in different people.  Typically, patients suffering from depression will suffer from at least one of the following symptoms per day for longer than two weeks.  

The National Institute for Mental Health lists the following as indicators of depression:

  • A sad or sour mood
  • A persistent sense of anxiousness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt or helplessness
  • An inability to feel joy or pleasure
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Thoughts of suicide
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What Causes Major Depressive Disorder?

People with a family history of clinical depression are predisposed to Major Depressive Disorder.  The combination of genetic predisposition and environmental stress can trigger Major Depression in an individual.  There isn’t a single cause of MDD, but there are some factors that can increase the risk of developing the disorder.  Certain medications, particularly ones that contain steroids, can cause a person to experience depression.  Similarly, some medical conditions that affect hormone production like hypothyroidism and cancer can cause symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder.  Other conditions like Anxiety and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) put people at risk for developing clinical depression.  Drug and Alcohol abuse has also been tied to Major Depressive Disorder.  Studies have shown that approximately 60% of people with a history of depression also have a history of substance abuse disorders that requires addiction treatment.  

Often, depression is caused by life circumstances or trauma.  If a person has a dramatic shift in their life, it can send them into depression.  If a person experiences a change in their relationship, profession, location, or financial status, these new life circumstances can lead to a period of intense depression.  When someone experiences trauma, especially at a young age, they can be at an increased risk for depression.  These instances alter how a person’s brain responds to fear or stressful situations.  These behavior shifts and heightened responses can result in a person suffering from depression, even years after the initial instance of trauma occurred.

If you or someone you love is suffering from depression, please seek help. You don’t have to carry this alone!


When a person is depressed, it can be hard for them to get motivated.  This is especially troublesome when they need to get motivated to solve their problems with depression.  Often someone suffering from depression will find it difficult to reach out and ask for assistance.  They may not want to admit that they need help to rise out of their despair. In some cases, a person may not even realize that they are in a prolonged state of depression.  When a person is surrounded by the dark fog of depression, their worldview can become so pessimistic that they may forget what it felt like to be joyous.  Depression is self-perpetuating and cyclical.  It causes a person to neglect themselves to the point where they begin to embody their own bad mood.  When a person isn’t sleeping or eating regularly, when they ignore their hygiene or can’t muster up the strength to put themselves together in the morning, it can keep them trapped in their misery.  When someone is stuck in such a low place, they begin to feel depressed by their circumstances.  This leads to feelings of self-pity and guilt which then digs them deeper into depression.

However, even the most severe cases of depression are treatable.  D’Amore offers a combination of evidence-based psychotherapy with medication management and holistic treatments to help a person suffering from depression make healthy changes to live a life free from the shackles of depression.  At D’Amore, we are committed to finding the right treatment for each individual.  We provide a full spectrum of therapeutic modalities so that we can design a treatment plan to fit each of our patient’s unique needs.

We offer the following treatment modalities to treat those suffering from depression:

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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strategic Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Our Signature “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Strategic Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Integrative Functional Medicine
  • Reality Therapy


Depression is a severe but highly treatable disorder that affects millions of people from all walks of life.  People affected by depression don’t suffer alone.  Their disorder impacts everyone around them.  It can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one struggle and not know how to help them.  When a friend or family member is depressed, the people around them can feel helpless, frustrated, angry, fearful, guilty, and sad.  These feelings can become so overwhelming that the person close to the depressed individual can begin to neglect their own health and become almost indistinguishable from the depressed person themselves.

A loved one’s support for a person afflicted with Major Depressive Disorder is vital to their recovery.  The best way to help a loved one deal with depression is to learn as much as possible about the disorder.  Friends and family members are often the first to notice symptoms of depression, so it is crucial that they know what to look for and be familiar with common treatments for these symptoms.  A depressed person may be in denial about how bad they have gotten.  They may attempt to project a happy facade and deflect questions related to their mood.  A loved one’s support is often the catalyst for getting a depressive person into treatment for their disorder.  It is important to listen to their feelings and fears and guide them into making positive changes.  With the help of a friend or family member, depression can be overcome.  A person who has lost the will to live can learn to deal with negative thoughts in a healthy way, regain their motivation, and find joy in life again.

One of the most difficult things to do when a loved one is suffering from depression is to talk to them about what they are going through.  Bringing up the topic can make the depressed person defensive or shut down completely.  Their mental health disorder may make them think that they are being judged or being yelled at when their loved one is merely trying to help.  The following are some helpful ways to begin a discussion about depression.

Healthy Ways to Talk about Depression

“I have been concerned about you lately.”

“I’ve noticed some changes in you lately and was wondering how you’re doing.”

“I just wanted to check in with you because you seem pretty down lately.”

“When did you start feeling like this?”

“Did something happen to make you feel this way?”

“How can I support you right now?”

“Have you thought about talking to someone about this?”

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Why am I Depressed?

It may not be possible to pinpoint a singular cause for depression. Stress, trauma, genetics, drugs, diet, health problems, and brain chemical imbalances are thought to be causes of depression. Certain triggers can advance it: certain medications, smoking, addictions, poor sleep, changes in weather, living situations, family relationships, and other overwhelming situations.

What is Clinical Depression?

Clinical Depression, sometimes called Major Depressive Disorder, is a mental health disorder that is characterized by a low mood lasting two weeks or longer. This mood may include anhedonia, or a loss of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities, low self-esteem, fatigue, and unexplained aches and pains.

How Common is Depression?

An estimated 3% of the world’s population (over 200 million people) suffer from a depressive episode in one single year. In the U.S., an estimated 6.7% of American adults experience a major depressive episode in a given year, and 10% experience a major depressive episode in their life.

Can you inherit Depression?

According to the Stanford School of Medicine, people with parents who have had depression are three times more likely to develop it. Those who have siblings with depression are nearly 5 times more likely. British Scientists believe they can link roughly 40 percent of those with severe depression to the chromosome 3p25-26.

Who is at risk for Depression?

Those between the middle ages of 45 and 65 are most often recorded with a major depressive episode. There has been no significant link between race and depression, though factors such as economic stability and education seem to play a role.

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