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Of all the mental health problems, depression is the most common issue that plagues 1 in 15 American adults, as stated by the American Psychiatric Association. It is even estimated that one in six people will experience depression at some point in their life.

While it is normal to feel sad from time to time, depression operates in an entirely different realm. It can severely impact one's general well-being and outlook in life, and if aggravated, can disrupt one's day-to-day activities.

That is why it is crucial for people suffering from depression to seek immediate help with their mental health--something that Transcend Recovery Community can offer with its comprehensive programs and services.

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What Is Depression Treatment?

Clinical depression treatment may vary and come in different forms and methods. But for one approach to effectively work, an individual must first be thoroughly examined.

They must at least manifest five (5) depressive symptoms daily in at least 14 days. As it is a very complex condition to diagnose, patients might also need to employ case management services to relieve them of unnecessary stress when dealing with their mental state.

An easy, revealing sign for most people is a "depressed mood"--a loss of interest in a person’s daily activities. For children and adolescents, they may appear irritable more than actually being sad.

Sometimes, even if treated, depression appears as an underlying symptom for a more significant health issue. Certain viruses or thyroid disorders can trigger the manifestation of depression symptoms. That is why it must be ruled out with a series of tests, such as a physical exam, interview, or lab tests.

There are numerous inpatient rehabilitation treatments that people living with depression can choose where they feel most comfortable. Patients with moderate to severe depression can opt for psychological therapies and antidepressant prescriptions. Psychosocial treatments can also help alleviate symptoms for mild sufferers and improve their condition.

Does Transcend Recovery Community Offer Treatment For Depression?

Transcend Recovery Community is equipped with sufficient staff and services to help patients recover from their clinical depression.

Through its partnership with its sister company, The Heights Company, people suffering from depression can avail various treatment options at their disposal.

Individuals can opt for outpatient mental health programs that feature outpatient psychiatric care and medication management when the need arises. Transcend incorporates other areas of focus: spirituality, life-skills, personality development, self-care, and community expansion to help the patient integrate themselves better to society and help them cope with their depression without prescription medicine and invasive procedures.

Transcend Recovery recognizes that each case is unique and would need a customized approach in dealing with key problem areas. Through its experienced team of mental health specialists and care staff, Transcend can comprehend its client's situation and determine the root cause of their affliction.

Its pool of recovery providers also emphasizes client-centered holistic wellness and spiritual recovery and involves the patients to feel acknowledged and part of the entire therapy.

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What Is The Primary Cause Of Depression?

What may cause an individual's depression is quite complicated to conclude. It usually stems from a combination of certain situations or even longer-term or personal factors than an immediate or sole trigger.

Possible factors can be grouped accordingly in these categories:

Life Events

  • Death or loss - sadness, especially during an untimely demise of a loved one, is undoubtedly hard to process. But as one comes to terms with their grief, it may naturally increase their risk of getting depressed.
  • Conflict - Issues arising in your current environment, especially with immediate family members or colleagues at work, may aggravate someone susceptible to depression.
  • Prolonged work stress - employees who are constantly exposed to toxic work environments and high-pressure jobs.
  • Unemployment - losing a job in times of an economic crisis or pandemic can significantly affect one's overall mental state and further depression.
  • Abuse - be it physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual, these things can drive someone to the brink of depression.

Personal Factors

  • Age - the elderly, especially those living alone or lacking social support
  • Genes - people with a family history of depression are more likely to have it as well.
  • Gender - Women are twice as likely as men to become depressed even though there is no clear explanation. But hormonal changes that women undergo at different times of their lives may be critical to this.
  • Substance abuse - people dependent on alcohol or illicit drugs are more likely to develop depressive disorders due to their long-term use.

Some pre-existing mental conditions may aggravate one's state that would prompt them to resort to substance abuse. Certain studies find that some people resort to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate.

How Do You Treat Depression?

There are ways to combat the symptoms of depression that would eventually help an individual get better longer-term.

The standard and usual route of treatment is the use of medication and psychotherapy.

Medication usually relieves symptoms of moderate and severe depression. However, it doesn't cure the root cause of the problem and may not be advisable as a long-term solution. Additionally, antidepressant prescriptions have side effects with the potential for drug withdrawal as a paramount concern.

When there are no underlying medical causes of an individual's depression, sessions with a therapist would be a great alternative—attending therapy supplies the patient with the right set of skills to tackle their situation and provides insight to keep depressing thoughts at bay.

Psychotherapy comes in many forms, and most often, a blended approach is used for different cases.

You may also involve natural methods, such as techniques that would encourage the patient to shift their focus and improve their quality of life. It usually requires them to commit themselves to a program to incorporate lifestyle changes to improve their general well-being. Some of these may be:

  • Exercise,
  • Strengthened social support,
  • Well-balanced diet,
  • Sufficient sleep and,
  • Stress reduction

What Are General Methods Used To Treat Depression?

Treating patients suffering from depression may require a combination of methods or a blended approach to ensure that the root cause of their depression will be identified and any other possible medical issues causing their depression would be ruled out.

Some treatment methods currently available include:

Pharmacological Treatment

Administration of medication that may include the following:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
  • Atypical antidepressants.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Other medications (such as mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety, and stimulant medications for shorter-term administration)


Best-suited for mild cases where talking to a therapist or engaging in individual or group therapy might be beneficial for the patient's general recovery:

Some therapeutic methods involve practical techniques that teach an individual how to reframe their negative thinking and use behavioral skills to deal with their depression.

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

This procedure is often given to patients resistant to therapy, medication, and suicidal tendencies. The non-invasive procedure directs magnetic energy pulses at the regions of the brain responsible for mood alteration. The said pulses pass painlessly through the skull, stimulating brain cells improving communication in different areas of the brain, which alleviates depression symptoms.

Alternative medicine

Integrative medicine practitioners employ a holistic approach with their treatment, teaching mindfulness as a means to fight depression. It includes mindfulness and meditation practices such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation techniques such as yoga and tai chi
  • Guided imagery
  • Music or art therapy

Can Depression Be Cured?

While there is no definite cure for this lifelong condition, it doesn't mean that all hope is lost. People can still function well and go on with their day-to-day lives with the right therapy or treatment program. Patients will be able to go through remission, where they need to adjust their treatment as required.

Depression is also the most treatable mental health issue, with 80% and 90% of people responding well to treatment--which means most people see a significant response in the management of their symptoms or seeing their symptoms disappear gradually.

People should understand that while depression can't be cured 100%, the ultimate goal is to be in remission for the longer term. However, it is essential to note that people may still manifest symptoms or experience impaired functioning while in remission.

Individuals suffering from depression should also consider relapse prevention programs post-treatment as they gradually re-acclimate to their old life. With adequate support, continued supervision, and fundamental lifestyle changes, individuals can be able to function normally once again.

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How Does Transcend Recovery Community Help Address Depression?

With Transcend Recovery Community's mental wellness and recovery services, well-trained staff, and network of counselors and mentors, individuals suffering from depression can eventually see the light from their current situation.

Transcend utilizes effective methodologies in all of its programs to help its clients reach their complete objective--to get better and to recover fully.

Medication management is integral in consistently delivering results to patients. Transcend Recovery uses the following methods in its medication management program for its patients with its affiliate company, The Heights Treatment, in providing further treatment for clinically-depressed patients:

  • Motivational strategies - thorough and substantial forms of intervention are employed to help the clients make the crucial move to adapt to their situation mentally.
  • Follow-up - by making sure that patients follow through with their prescription and treatment by instilling "medicinal accounting,” patients can be more responsible for themselves with crucial matters, such as taking their medicine consistently, at the correct dosage and time. Proper and objective evaluation is made on the client's behavior to make the needed changes to their medication.
  • Engagement - Effective communication is essential where the client has involvement in the entire treatment program to voice out concerns along the process. It also allows them to have a more positive outlook on their medication and see value in helping them get better ultimately.

Are There Depression Treatment Centers Near Me?

While there are no treatment centers readily available for patients living with depression, Transcend Recovery Community can provide recovery services for individuals who are suffering depression. These locations can be accessed conveniently wherever you may be located in the country.

Transcend has locations across the United States, found in major cities, such as Los Angeles, Houston, and New York.

You can easily visit any of these recovery centers to talk to any of its specialists, so you can freely discuss your needs. Transcend's friendly staff, and competent specialists can assist you right away and recommend you the best mode of recovery program for your particular situation.

You are not just getting support from its staff, but from its family of clients, counselors, and mentors who will help you along the way to recovery.

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