Depression is a complex and debilitating mental health condition that can impact every aspect of a person’s life. At Acera Health, located in Costa Mesa, Orange County, we offer comprehensive and personalized treatment programs for individuals struggling with depression.
Our expert team of therapists, psychiatrists, and support staff are dedicated to helping you regain control of your life and achieve lasting recovery. Schedule a consultation to discuss your unique needs and begin your journey to a brighter future.
Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Studies show us that people either generate too much or too little of the chemicals in their bodies. These are all potential causes of depression:
Even though we can describe it in a few statements, depression is very complex. Numerous interactions occur, and most of them happen inside the body. That’s why treating depression requires experts. Acera Health can help identify the sources of depression and create a custom approach to tackle it efficiently.
It can also be important to understand that mental health might not be the root cause of all depression. In some cases, substance abuse disorder may be a major cause for depression symptoms. In these cases, getting a dual diagnosis treatment would be necessary to tackle this mental health issue. Acera Health is prepared for cases where substance abuse disorder and mental health issues overlap.
Depression isn’t simply sadness or grief. While a significant loss can lead to a sad mood, a person only enters a state of depression for a limited period of time. Actual depression patients experience a major depressive disorder that can lead to many physical and emotional problems. Here are the common symptoms:
These depressive symptoms must persist for weeks and result in a lifestyle change to gain a depression diagnosis. The estimate is that around 6-7% of all adults experience depression every year. There is a 16% chance for a person to experience it once in their lifetime. The most common age group affected are teens to young adults.
No matter your condition or the symptoms, there is a way to treat it. With professional help from Acera Health, you can experience the care you need to lift yourself from your condition. Mental health is essential, and our passion is to provide holistic care to our patients. Choose us, and you’re sure to experience proven treatments that will greatly benefit your well-being.
There are several ways to treat mental health disorders, and they are all effective in treatment. Nearly all patients experience results and relief from symptoms over time. For the best results, getting a diagnosis or treatment with a professional will be necessary. In some cases, a medical condition is causing depression.
Vitamin deficiency or thyroid issues have been known to be the roots of some cases of depression. There might also be other factors contributing to it. The most common are:
All of these will be a part of the consideration during diagnosis. The most common and effective treatments are as follows:
This method is the one many refer to when getting psychiatric treatment. Another term for it is talk therapy. Often, the best approach is to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. This form of treatment focuses on removing false beliefs that are affecting the mind and body.
CBT helps realign a person’s focus and gives them more perspective of their current situation. In our cases, we identify the negative thinking that’s causing the depression. Then, we go through treatment to change thought patterns and behavior.
Treatment depends on the severity of depression. Most patients take around 10-15 sessions before experiencing noticeable results. In extreme cases, we may also combine other methods.
If the assessment reveals a chemical imbalance, medication can restore balance. For example, antidepressants help improve the brain’s chemistry and support a better mood. The common misconception people have is that these medications are addictive. In actuality, they have no noticeable effect except for those experiencing depression. No one can develop an addiction to these types of medicine.
Medication often takes effect after the first two weeks. However, constant use for several months will be necessary to test a patient’s condition. Some may need a change in their dosage or a different medication if the treatment does not work. Regular appointments are a must.
In extreme cases, long-term maintenance of six or more months will be necessary. Treatment continues until the doctor evaluates that the symptoms have improved.
These techniques can help patients develop coping strategies and build resilience against depression. At Acera Health, we offer a range of mindfulness and meditation programs designed to support our patients in their recovery journey. Our yoga and guided meditation practices compliment our more traditional treatment plans.
Our yoga classes are tailored to accommodate various skill levels and provide a supportive space for patients to connect with their bodies, relieve stress, and enhance their mood. Led by experienced facilitators, these sessions introduce patients to various meditation techniques, such as focused attention, loving-kindness, and body scanning, which can be practiced independently to support ongoing mental well-being.
Also known as transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, TMS therapy is a relatively new mental health treatment specifically used to target treatment resistant depression. When depression symptoms are proving particularly stubborn, we are prepared to employ TMS therapy at our treatment centers.
TMS therapy involves using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This is all done in a hope to alleviate depressive symptoms and is entirely non-invasive for the patient.
Successful trauma therapy involves a combination of tactics with an individualized approach to each patient. At Acera Health, we seek to only implement evidence-based therapy options with a proven track record.
Acera Health is an Orange County-based mental health treatment enter that provides both residential and outpatient treatment. You can receive 24/7 supervision and care in one of our houses with everything provided in the program. On the other hand, you can schedule meetings 3-5 times a week with our therapist. We’ll recommend the best course of treatment for you after the initial diagnosis.
We’ll match our mental health services with your specific conditions. We know that group therapy might work for someone, while others have more success in individual depression therapy. With over 100 years of combined experience, we are ready to meet your needs. Contact us today, and we can begin creating a tailored plan for your situation. We are here to help you on the road to recovery.
The duration of treatment programs at Acera Health varies depending on the individual’s needs and progress. Our team will continually assess and adjust the treatment plan to ensure optimal outcomes.
Yes, Acera Health accepts most major insurance plans. We encourage you to contact us to verify your coverage and discuss payment options.
Our admissions process is designed to be as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our team will guide you through each step, from the initial consultation and assessment to the development of a personalized treatment plan.
Yes, Acera Health believes that family support is crucial in the recovery process. We offer family therapy and education sessions to help loved ones better understand and support the individual’s journey to recovery.
At Acera Health, we recognize the importance of ongoing support after completing a treatment program. We offer various aftercare services, including support groups, outpatient therapy, and referrals to community resources.
Melody Stone is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has over 17 years of experience in the field of behavioral health. She works as the Chief Clincal Officer (CCO) to Acera Health, where she is a strong leader focused on sustainable success.