Children and young adults suffer from depression at higher rates that you think. On average, one in every five Americans suffers from a mental health condition. Depression ultimately accounts for over 60% of these conditions and many of those affected with depression are either left misdiagnosed or untreated. At Cypress Lakes Lodge we understand that depression is often overlooked or misinterpreted, but it can virtually effect everything in our lives. Now, that’s not to say that the usual bad day isn’t expected from the average person. But what is considered a bad day for most can last weeks, months and years for someone with clinical depression.
Depression is debated as a mental illness or a chemical imbalance. No matter which way you choose to classify it, depression effects many people in the United States. Nearly 60% of the population experiences depression, some develop depression as a side effect of substance abuse, but others have early or late onset depression based on their genetic background. Depression at Cypress Lakes Lodge is a serious condition that only gets worse with addiction. Whether or not you’ve experienced the effects of depression before the onset of addiction or if you’ve had it long before, concurrently they contribute to the problem.
What is depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that is described as a chemical imbalance in the brain that can lead a person to feel isolated, hopeless and sad for weeks, months or years at a time. Those affected by depression are not able to enjoy the simple things in life because there is always a dark cloud looming over everything. Depression is serious and it is one of the leading suicide causes in the United States.
The Brain and Depression
We know that depression is categorized as a mental health condition, but what happens inside the brain when someone is depressed?
Three areas that change in someone affected by depression:
Not only are there emotional concerns with depression, but there are ways your body responds physically to how you’re feeling. Depression can be detrimental to your health and we see that in people affected because their appetites change; they may not be eating enough or eating too much. Sleep can effect nutrition and depression can create issues falling asleep and staying asleep. When we don’t sleep, our body deteriorates as a result.
Lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and thinking negatively. Cognitive changes such as these can cause issues with family members and friends, stressing relationships because the person affected with depression is difficult to communicate with. The entire thought process changes when we feel depressed.
Social situations can be difficult because someone experiencing depression isn’t interested in being part of the group. When we deal with depression, isolation is one of the main reactions since being around people that are enjoying themselves is tough. Relationships suffer because connections with friends and family are cut off which can make these feeling worse over time. Those suffering from depression feel disconnected to the people around them often, so it’s easier for them to cut off communication altogether.
Education and Application
We apply addiction teachings to any mental health condition by allowing our patients to take a step back and understand their feelings, moods and behaviors. We teach them to separate both the addiction and depression by asking them to notice the differences inside themselves; these observations are internally realized as we educate them on their addiction and the symptoms of depression. Compassion leads us to treatment and we at Cypress understand where each person comes from. We meet you where you are when you begin any recovery program, because the first steps are the hardest.
Often when we treat depression with counseling and other socially integrating activities, patients find that there is hope and their addiction isn’t their first method of dealing with their illness. Depending on the severity of the addiction, we craft a special treatment plan that will begin with detox first and foremost. After detox, we pair our patients with one particular counselor that will work with them best on these concerns.
Addiction and Depression Counseling
During counseling sessions, each patient is offered a list of integrative therapies that will help brighten their mood and allow them to focus on everything that’s positive in their lives. We help our patients unlock parts of their personalities that can change their perspective on life or reveal a new piece of the puzzle as to why they have turned to addiction. We begin building the foundation for life after addiction treatment with a skill set that can help them manage their mental health condition and live life without the use of addictive substances.
We offer a selection of integrative therapies that will allow each patient the ability to express themselves in a safe environment. Our counselors are skilled in treating clinical depression and depression that is a side effect of addiction. Our patients find ways to live without addictive substances because they can turn to other life-enriching activities that will help them experience the positive, and if necessary, we have options for medication management.
At Cypress Lakes Lodge, our skilled medical teams come together to create custom treatment plans that work to treat both depression and any concurrent addiction. Only when we treat both illnesses can we achieve recovery. Neither is curable, but with a little work we can make life manageable without the need for drugs and alcohol. Our approach to treating depression and addiction is sustainable because it blends psychotherapy and holistic therapy to treat every aspect of the illness. We first teach our patients to be aware of themselves and to account for their actions. Many pieces of addiction can be set into place when we know where the need for addictive substances comes from.