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Major depressive disorder affects 14.8 million Americans, or 6.7 percent of the population.
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Depressive disorder is different from feeling sad or blue from life’s ups and downs. Everyone feels sad at times — from the death of a loved one, friend or pet to the loss of a job, all changes in life can make you feel sad. The difference is that these feeling pass, and people return to normal after a brief period of mourning or acknowledging their feelings. With major depressive disorder, they don’t.

If you have depression, you are not alone. Major depressive disorder affects 14.8 million Americans, or 6.7 percent of the population. Depression treatment programs in Florida include the personalized treatment programs available at JourneyPure Emerald Coast. We offer comprehensive yet personalized treatment for depression, mood disorders and substance abuse disorder at our Panama City Beach, Florida facility.

Depression Facts

Although the exact cause of depression isn’t known, researchers believe it’s a combination of genetics, environmental factors, biological factors and psychological factors that contribute to whether or not someone develops depression.

MRI scans of the brains of people diagnosed with depression show differences between normal brains and the brains of people with depression. Researchers know that depression affects people biologically as well as psychologically. It’s “all in your head”, literally, because the brain itself changes during depressive states. It’s not just your thinking, but your biology that goes awry.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Major depression colors everything in life for long periods of time. No matter what happens, you still feel sad. You may find it hard to concentrate. You may snap at people or feel irritable over nothing.

Nothing you do cheers you up. It’s as if everything in the world has gone bad, and nothing makes it feel right. These symptoms persist over the course of weeks, months or even years.

People with major depression sometimes sleep too much, or they may suffer from insomnia and have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Changes in weight are also common. Some people gain too much weight, or they lose weight because food no longer appeals to them.

Other symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities

loss of interest in activities with depression

  • Loss of interest in sex or relationships

loss of interest in sex or relationships with depression

  • Isolation

isolating yourself due to depression

  • Aches or pains that can’t be explained by injury

aches and pains with depression

  • Digestive complaints that don’t go away with treatment

digestive problems with depression

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

suicidal thoughts with depression

Anyone who says they’re considering suicide should be taken seriously. Get help immediately. Call 911 or bring the person to a doctor or an emergency room.

Treatment for Major Depression

Depression presents challenges, but they are surmountable. Many people don’t realize they are suffering from a mental health disorder when they have innocent-feeling symptoms such as insomnia or difficulty concentrating. When they use drugs or alcohol to compensate for the empty feeling inside, though, that makes the symptoms worse. The good news is that depression and substance abuse are treatable, and you do not have to suffer alone. JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers depression treatment in Florida, in addition to rehabilitation for substance abuse and trauma.

Newer medications that affect various neurotransmitters in the brain are also very effective in helping people with depression. These medicines include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that help increase the amount of circulating serotonin in the brain, a chemical thought to help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Other medicines affect dopamine, the pleasure chemical and norepinephrine.

These new depression medicines have fewer side effects than older medications. When used alone or in conjunction with therapy, they have been very effective.

Depression and Substance Abuse

Depression often coincides with substance abuse. People sometimes try to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. Others find that drugs and alcohol caused their depression. All substances affect the brain chemicals that make people feel pleasure and happiness. When you tamper with them for too long, you can change the balance in your body. Substance abuse then causes depression.

JourneyPure Emerald Coast treats all aspects of mental health disorders, addiction and trauma. If you or someone you care about suffers from depression and abuses drugs or alcohol to compensate, we can help. Some of the programs our holistic treatment center offers include:

  • Medically assisted detox. The first few days or weeks of withdrawal present numerous challenges. These can include physical symptoms such as vomiting or persistent, intense cravings to relapse. Insomnia, hallucinations, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are also common. Detox relieves these symptoms and reduces the risk of relapse.
  • Trauma care. Many people who are depressed or who abuse substances are also the victims of trauma. Our evidence-based treatments help clients cope with the effects of trauma. They also help clients verbalize difficult emotions and recognize thought patterns that lead to destructive behaviors.
  • 12 Step and alternative counseling. Clients with a history of abusing alcohol or drugs often find comfort in 12 Step-based programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or alternative counseling groups. A spiritual recovery can help a client discover their purpose in life and put the past where it belongs.
  • Aftercare. Transitioning from residential treatment to home life is challenging for many clients. JourneyPure Emerald Coast provides a personal recovery coach who will guide you through this exciting time. You’ll also have access to our proprietary software, Recovery Coach, when you need a fast reminder of why you need to stay on track.

Depression Treatment in Florida

JourneyPure Emerald Coast is a residential treatment center that offers holistic care to individuals who suffer from mental health disorders, trauma and substance abuse. If you want to know what your depression treatment options are, and especially if you abuse substances, call us for a consultation. Our trained and experienced professionals will give you a thorough assessment and design the treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

Which came first, substance abuse or depression, isn’t important. What is important is getting help for your depression, so it no longer controls your life.

Depression treatment in Florida is available at JourneyPure Emerald Coast. We treat people with dual diagnosis, a diagnosis of both substance abuse disorder and depression. Not only can we help you recover from substance abuse, but we also can help you recover from depression.

At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we know you’re unique and so are your problems. We treat each person as an individual. We’ll create a program of individual and group therapy, experiential activities and more to help you recover from depression as well as substance abuse.

Discover Your Depression Treatment Options Now

Our facility offers a great place to recover. It’s comfortable, with Florida’s beautiful coastline just outside the door. More importantly, our staff of licensed therapists and addiction counselors has years of experience helping people just like you build a solid foundation for recovery.

Please don’t wait to get help for depression and substance abuse disorder. Call us today at (800) 493-5253 for more information and assistance.

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