D'Amore Healthcare Treats Depression

Orange County Depression Treatment Center

Depression reaches into every corner of the lives it affects. D’Amore Mental Health develops specialized treatment plans to address every facet of our patients’ mental wellbeing.  We don’t merely treat 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.

Recovery From Depression

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  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.

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.

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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:

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!

Depression Treatment

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. 

Support Communityfor Mental Illness

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.

Our Depression Treatment Program

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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Strategic Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Our Signature “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program

Experiential Therapy

Play Therapy

Integrative Functional Medicine

Reality Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Strategic Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Positive Psychology

Our Signature “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program

Experiential Therapy

Play Therapy

Integrative Functional Medicine

Reality Therapy

Helping A Loved One With Depression

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.

The support of a loved one is crucial to the recovery of a person dealing with Major Depressive Disorder.  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 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?”