Severe depression can include feelings of hopelessness, increased irritability, loss of pleasure, trouble concentrating or sleeping, or thoughts of death or suicide. It refers to depression that is more exhausting, problematic, and life-threatening, and symptoms typically interfere with a person’s everyday routine.
Severe depression can threaten a person’s ability to think logically, making it harder to reach out for help. It may lead some people to believe that life is not worth living and that suicide is the only solution.
At Rose Hill Center, we understand how severe depression may cause a person to inflict self-harm if left untreated. Learn more about the residential treatment options available to you or a loved one to treat severe depression online or by calling 866.367.0220.
Environmental Factors of Depression
While scientists are not entirely clear of the causes and factors that influence the risk of depression, the environment may play a role, especially in those who may be more vulnerable. Environmental pollutants such as synthetic chemicals in the water, air, and food supply may contribute to the dramatic increase in mental health issues worldwide. Some scientists have even correlated electronic pollution in the form of low-intensity electromagnetic fields to mental health disorders and depression.
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, tornados, and earthquakes may also trigger symptoms that were lying dormant beneath the surface. Other global catastrophes and local events may also ignite feelings of deep sadness, prolonged depression, and irritability, such as:
- Terrorist attacks
- Civil unrest
- Social and racial injustice
- Loss of life and liberty
The Link Between Family History and Depression
A person with a family member who has suffered from depression is three times more likely to also experience the disorder because of the heredity factor. A child who witnesses the signs and symptoms of a depressed person may learn to follow that person’s behavior under certain conditions making them more susceptible to the risks of external factors for depression. However, there is no guarantee that a person with a family history of depression will suffer from the disorder, just as many people with no previous connection are affected.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Treatment for severe depression is critical to long-term recovery and success and can be accomplished through a variety of treatment options. Cognitive-behavioral therapy involves a combination of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy. It focuses on a patient’s moods and thoughts, while behavioral therapy identifies actions and behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy is a very structured form of treatment based on a combination of self-acceptance and change. It includes strategies geared toward validation and tolerance, as well as tactics that will enhance positive behaviors and encourage a positive outlook.
Residential Treatment and Therapy
Severe depression will not go away on its own and requires patients to find relief and move toward managing their symptoms. If left untreated, symptoms may worsen, leading to even more significant psychological trauma and even physical ailments. As a result, it’s critical to find a treatment service that will address the needs of the person battling depression.
At Rose Hill Center, we aim to treat the whole person in a caring, supportive residential environment. On the grounds of the 400-acre rural campus, our healthcare professionals provide residents with a range of treatment and therapy options. We strive to develop treatment options best suited to meet each person’s individual needs, including:
Don’t let depression stop you from enjoying life. We want to lead you down the path to recovery. Now is the right time. Reach out to one of our specialists through the online form or call 866.367.0220 today.