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Depression Treatment in Orange County, CA

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Depression is a medical condition that affects many around the world. It can influence how you feel and act. The good news is that there are many ways to treat depression. Acera Health provides an evidence-based program that produces results and cures the condition.

The Causes of Depression

There are many possible roots of depression. To say that stress or chemicals are the reason behind it doesn’t give it justice. It’s often a combination of several forces that interact together. Science shows us that people either generate too much or too little of the chemicals in their bodies. These are all potential causes of depression:

  • Medication
  • Medical conditions
  • Stressful events
  • Genetics
  • Bad mood regulation by the brain

 

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.

Symptoms of Depression

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:

  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Constant feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Appetite changes
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Slowed or hyperactive actions
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

 

These 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.

Treating Depression

There are several ways to treat mental 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:

  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Personality
  • Chemistry 

 

All of these will be a part of the consideration during diagnosis. The most common and effective treatments are as follows:

Psychotherapy

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.

Medication

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.

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Also known as ECT, this is a form of treatment only recommended to those who have not responded to all other methods. In this method, electricity stimulates the brain while a person is under anesthesia. The stimulation is brief, and patients will undergo treatment two to three times a week. This treatment can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months.

Back in its early days, ECT was the last resort treatment. However, improvements in technology have made this a very safe and effective method. It’s a more common process than you might think.

Get Treatment for Your Depression with Acera Health

Acera Health 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.

Care will also depend on your condition. Some people work best in a group, while others have more success getting treatment individually. 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.

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