Depression is a medical illness.
Depression and other mood disorders affect your mood, concentration, activity level, interests, appetite, social behavior and physical health. They are very real and can have very serious consequences to your health, relationships, career and your ability to enjoy life. Unfortunately, mood disorders are now the leading cause of illness and disability worldwide. The good news is, they are also very treatable.
Depression is Common but Misunderstood
Although depression is a very common disease affecting more than 300 million people worldwide each year, it remains misunderstood and stigmatized in general.
Many still believe that depression is simply a mood that can be “snapped out of” through positive thinking, prayer, exercise, other healthy lifestyle adaptations or a combination of these. While wellness and self-care are key components to an individual’s treatment and continued recovery, the truth is that depression is a serious health condition that needs a personalized treatment plan.
The toll on the individual with depression can be huge, affecting a person’s ability to function at work, school, socially and in relationships. Depression has been associated with increased heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, chronic pain, thyroid conditions and more. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
As debilitating as depression can be, it is a highly treatable disease. The vast majority of those who suffer from it can be effectively treated and return to a normal life, doing all of their regular activities free from the crippling effects of the disease.
What Having Depression and Recovering is Like
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical step towards recovery.
In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.
Pine Rest provides treatment for depression and other mood disorders at all levels of care, including support and therapy groups, outpatient counseling and therapy, partial hospitalization (day) programs and inpatient hospitalization. Our clinicians are trained to provide many different psychotherapy treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT). We also offer specialty neuromodulation techniques that use electrical or magnetic currents to stimulate or alter brain activity.
Resources for Professionals
Pine Rest offers a full continuum of services for individuals diagnosed with depression that range from inpatient hospitalization to traditional outpatient services.
We can guide you or your patient through the process of inquiry, assessment and admission to the most appropriate level of care. We will assist with understanding insurance benefits, explain what other sources of funding might be available and qualify your patient for treatment.
For more information on referring patients or receiving patient information, see our Guide for Community Partners.
Pine Rest offers many continuing educational opportunities for staff and community practitioners to promote clinical excellence and excellent care for everyone in the communities we serve.
We offer programs for students in all stages of their medical education including individuals in their residency or medical school or pursuing a degree as a nurse, pharmacist or physician assistant.
Depression’s annual toll on businesses in the United States amounts to about $210.5 billion in medical expenditures, lost productivity and other costs. Of those costs, $98.9 billion were direct medical costs and $78.7 billion were due to “presenteeism” where employees have poorer on-the-job performance due to symptoms that sap energy, affect work habits, cause problems with concentration, memory and decision making. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2015)
You can help support employee health and wellness with an Employee Assistance Program, through which employees can receive confidential, comprehensive assessment and therapy at no cost to them in addition to many other services for your employees and leadership.
Pine Rest offers an Employee Assistance Program and can tailor packages for employers no matter the type or size of your organization.
No one has to face depression alone. And, asking for and getting help doesn’t have to be scary. Our clinicians provide counseling, therapy, consultation and specialty services for depression to people of all ages in convenient, welcoming environments. Pine Rest is as associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers.
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