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April 24, 2024

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According to NIMH, about 21 million adults in the U.S. have at least one major depressive episode annually. Those who experience depression and depressive symptoms generally experience a reduced quality of life without depression treatment in Atlanta. At Peachtree Wellness Solutions, we utilize evidence-based and holistic therapeutic modalities customized to each person’s needs to help them develop effective coping and management skills for a brighter and more fulfilling future.

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Peachtree Wellness is an industry leader in mental health treatment. Our team of top medical experts specialize in dual diagnosis treatment and are committed to ensuring that each patient is treated as an individual. Call us today, we’re available 24/7.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder where a person feels sad, hopeless, worthless, a lack of motivation, and can no longer find enjoyment in their life. While everyone can experience depression at some point in their life, when symptoms persist for more than two weeks and do not improve, then it is time to get concerned. 

Depression is not something people can easily get over. It can interfere with school, work, family life, relationships, and daily responsibilities. It can also impact individuals physically, such as changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and physical pain and discomfort. Some people also turn to illicit substances and alcohol to help bring temporary relief while running the risk of developing a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder. 

The Biology of Depression

Depression causes changes in the brain’s chemistry and structure the longer it goes untreated. Most often, neurotransmitters, natural chemicals in the brain that help regulate mood, are affected and not released normally. The reduction in dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine results in an imbalance and causes depressive symptoms. 

In addition, studies have shown various regions of the brain look differently for people with depression. Some of the differences can be attributed to excess cortisol, which is released when exposed to excessive anxiety and stress for a prolonged period. 

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Signs and Symptoms Someone May Need Depression Treatment

Depression can affect people differently, with variations in the signs and symptoms experienced, but could include:

  • Persistent sense of emptiness and sadness
  • Feeling hopeless and worthless
  • Experiencing guilt or shame
  • Pessimistic
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Frustration
  • Lack of energy
  • Constant fatigue
  • Loss of enjoyment in hobbies and activities once enjoyed
  • Headaches, body aches, and digestive issues
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulting making decisions, concentrating, and focusing
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, and socially

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Risk Factors of Depression

Depression can impact anyone, no matter their age or gender. Yet certain risk factors for depression can increase the risk of developing this mental health disorder, which include:

  • Substance use disorders: Abusing alcohol and drugs can trigger underlying mental health issues, including depression, or contribute toward their development. While alcohol and drugs may bring temporary relief from depressive symptoms, it actually exacerbates in the long run. 
  • Family history: Having a family history of mental health disorders, depression, or substance use disorders can increase the risks of developing one. 
  • Individual history: Having previous mental health issues or substance use disorders can increase the risk of developing depression. 
  • Childhood trauma and abuse: If someone experiences trauma and abuse as a child that has not been resolved, there is a high likelihood that depression could develop later in life.
  • Excessive stress: Exposure to trauma, relationship issues, loss of a loved one, and financial issues can all trigger depressive symptoms and lead to depression in certain individuals.
  • Chronic conditions: Chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, could be a triggering event for depression due to the added challenges and stress of trying to manage a chronic condition. 
  • Personality traits: Being pessimistic, having low self-esteem, or being a perfectionist can also increase the risk of developing depression. 
  • Biological factors: Chemical imbalances in the brain from hormonal fluctuations, substance abuse, or genetics can increase the risk of depression.

Our Depression Treatment in Atlanta Options

Peachtree Wellness Solutions offers several options for depression treatment in Atlanta based on the level of care required. Each of our care levels includes evidence-based and holistic therapeutic modalities, as well as medication management services personalized to each person’s specific needs and treatment objectives. 

Residential

Our residential treatment program provides round-the-clock monitoring and support. It is designed for people with severe depressive symptoms who are unable to function normally and individuals who could harm themselves or others. This level of care is also well-suited for people with dual-diagnosis conditions and those without a supportive home environment.  

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our PHP (partial hospitalization program) provides the same level of intensity and structure as our residential program. The only difference is that people can return home in the evenings or to a supportive living facility. This level of care is ideal as a step down from our residential program or for those who do not need 24/7 monitoring and support. 

Intensive Outpatient Program

Our IOP (intensive outpatient program) is a step-down level of care from our PHP. It offers more flexibility and freedom as people continue to transition back into their everyday routines. IOPs allow people to attend work or school or manage other personal responsibilities and commitments while still receiving intensive depression treatment. It is also well-suited for those with mild to moderate depressive symptoms who need intensive therapy and support but do not need full-day PHPs. 

Outpatient Program

Our OP (outpatient program) is the last level of care and a step down from our IOP. It is designed for people who need ongoing depression treatment ranging from once a week to several times weekly. It provides the most freedom and flexibility of all outpatient programs and is for those who have completed a higher level of care or those with mild depressive symptoms with a strong support system at home.  

How We Treat Depression

Our depression treatment services include various forms of therapy and medication based on their needs. During therapy sessions, you can talk to our licensed therapists about your symptoms, how they impact your life, and what you want to get out of treatment. Therapy provides a safe and supportive environment where you can develop effective coping strategies and other skills for symptom management. Some of our treatments that could be included in your personalized treatment plan are:

  • Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions with a therapist to discuss issues, concerns, and other topics you are uncomfortable discussing in a group setting.
  • Group therapy: Group sessions where you can develop a strong peer support network, learn from others and their experiences, and share your experiences. 
  • Holistic therapy: Holistic approaches, such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices, help people heal the mind, body, and spirit.
  • Genetic testing: Genetic testing is beneficial when medications are being prescribed to treat depression. The test can help determine how well you will respond to a particular medication before starting it. This helps narrow down potentially effective medications.  
  • Red light therapy: Red light therapy uses red light wavelengths targeted at specific regions of the brain that are responsible for mood regulation. It helps improve mood, increase relaxation, and lower stress. 

Other services we offer that could be included in your personalized treatment plan include:

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Are Medications Utilized During Depression Treatment?

Yes, medications can be utilized during depression treatment to help alleviate depressive symptoms and stabilize moods. The precise medications used will depend on your symptoms, severity of depression, and other factors. 

 

Take Control of Your Depression with Depression Treatment in Atlanta Today

Has your depression taken over your life, caused a loss of enjoyment, brought sadness, sorrow, and hopelessness? Take control of your depression with our depression treatment in Atlanta at Peachtree Wellness Solutions. Our compassionate and caring team provides comprehensive treatment options customized to your needs. Let us help you take the first steps to a better tomorrow with you in control of your depression. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. 

More on Depression

Recovery from depression is different for each person. As such, treatment can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months for our residential treatment, PHP, and IOP. Our OP treatment usually lasts much longer since it is ongoing aftercare and support. 

After completing a residential, PHP, or IOP, most people generally transition to a lower level of care until they only require OP treatment. Before OP treatment is over, our clients work with their therapists to develop an effective aftercare plan with ongoing support and follow-up care as needed.

Depression treatment costs will vary depending on the level of care and services. However, most health insurance plans provide coverage for depression treatment. Please feel free to contact our admissions specialist to discuss your insurance coverage and mental health benefits.

Some depression statistics as reported by NIMH are:

  • 21 million adults have at least one major depressive episode annually.
  • Major depressive episodes are higher in females compared to males.
  • 18 to 25-year-olds have the highest prevalence of major depressive episodes.
  • 5 million 12 to 17-year-olds have at least one major depressive episode annually.

We Work With Most Major Insurance

Most major health insurance plans with out-of-network benefits can help cover most of the costs of our program. Click below to find out your coverage and treatment options.