While everyone experiences periods of sadness at various points throughout their lives, there are some people who experience prolonged feelings of sadness and hopelessness to such an extent that it begins to impair their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. When this is the case, these individuals are likely suffering from depression. Also called major depressive disorder, this mental illness is characterized by feelings of sadness that affect nearly every part of an individual’s existence. Relationships with loved ones may become strained, functioning at work or school may become difficult, and withdrawal from friends and family can become a reality as the symptoms of depression take over the lives of these individuals.
At Options Behavioral Health, we have helped many people at our center learn to manage the symptoms of depression by offering state-of-the-art treatment that is provided by an experienced team of professionals. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including depression. At our hospital, individuals can learn the tools they need to successfully achieve a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer various levels of programming at our hospital that are tailored to meet our patients’ specific needs. Our hospital’s 24-hour physician and nursing staffs are dedicated to not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to our center’s individuals who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for depression treatment, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing while at our center so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan at our center:
Medication management: The use of certain medications is often beneficial in alleviating the symptoms that people experience as a result of depression. The implementation of any medication while at our hospital will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week at our center for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people who are struggling with depression as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which depression has affected their lives in an intimate setting. Our center’s patients are able to discuss possible causes for their depression, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main types of treatment used at our hospital in the treatment of depressive symptoms at Options Behavioral Health. Each day, our center holds a number of different groups, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are partaken in during these group sessions can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Anger Management
- Coping Skills
- Discharge Planning
- Identifying Patterns
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Power and Control
- Trust and Respect
- Healthy Relationships
- Creating Change
- Current Events
- Goals Groups
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Brain Games
- Arts and Crafts
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are designed to help our center’s patients and their family members explore the ways in which depression has affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about depression, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones at our hospital. Patients will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that patients may engage in include:
- Recreation Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Music Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from depression, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. The therapists in each program at our center facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Our hospital’s therapists work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.