Depression is a disease affecting thousands of people across the world every year. There are many different types of clinical depression that can affect an individual. Without treatment the symptoms of depression can take over your life, leaving you unable to live a healthy, productive life as normal. Signs and symptoms of depression vary amongst each individual, however, common symptoms of the condition include a loss of interest in activities normally enjoyed, excessive sleep or insomnia, decreased energy, irritability, feeling worthless, loss of appetite, persistent aches and pains, suicidal thoughts, and difficulty concentrating or remembering even important things in your life. You may experience one or more of these symptoms, and at the first sign it is important to see a doctor for help.
Anti-depressants are available for the treatment of depression, however for those concerned with the effects of taking drugs or those who prefer a method of treatment that does not involve medications there are other treatment options available. Those options include in patient treatment centers as well as treatments with a psychologist. The method of treatment you choose should be based on your individual preferences, and severity of the depression.
A residential treatment center is one of those options. A treatment center offers in-house treatment for patients ranging in length of time depending on the severity of the depression. Some treatment centers offer 30 day programs while others are more intensive programs up to 6 months. During treatment in a residential center the patient will be able to speak with a caring physiologist on a one-on-one basis as well as receive other needed treatments to win the battle over depression. This includes group sessions, and the ability to talk and meet with others who know what you are going through. Studies have shown being around others who can relate is one of the best treatments available.
If a residential treatment center is not an option for you, a psychologist can also help deal with the disease. You can speak with a psychologist once or more per week depending on the treatment that you need. The psychologist can help you work through the symptoms of depression through talk and other treatments.