Depression Treatment at Front Range Treatment Center
Mood disorders include different types of depression, as well as the bipolar disorders (sometimes called manic-depression).
Some people experience depression as a persistent sadness, while others experience a severe depression that comes and goes. Sometimes depression is situational, such as depression that occurs after pregnancy, during the winter, or after the death of a loved one.
Sometimes, people who are depressed hurt themselves on purpose; this is called self-injury. Depressed persons may struggle with self-blame, hopelessness, and an ability to imagine a happy future. These persons may think of or attempt suicide.
With bipolar disorder, people experience periods of depression with alternating periods of mania. During a manic episode, people often experience an elevated mood, a reduced need for sleep, and they sometimes engage in impulsive and dangerous acts. Often, bipolar disorder treatment requires they use of medication. Our clinicians will work closely with your psychiatrist, and help you find a psychiatrist if you need one.
Our clinicians are experienced with depression treatment, and the treatment of other mood disorders. We use research-backed therapy methods tailored for bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, and other mood disorders. We only use techniques backed by research, which means that you are more likely to get the results you hope for. Contact us today for a free phone consultation, or to schedule an appointment with a clinician to see if mood disorder treatments can help.
Severe depression can be life threatening, leading to thoughts of suicide. If you think you may hurt yourself, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Learn About Depressive Disorders
The family of depressive disorders are characterized by periods of depressed, down, and unhappy mood. Depression is a serious mental health condition requiring treatment. Thankfully, there are treatments available that are effective for most people.
A major depressive episode is an intense period of depressed mood, with a lack of pleasure in most or all activities. Persons having a major depressive episode may struggle with feelings of low self-esteem, guilt, shame, and worthlessness. Depressed persons often have disruptions in their sleep (more or less), and appetite (sometimes gaining, and sometimes losing weight).
In extreme cases, persons with depression may struggle with thoughts of suicide, and they may make suicidal gestures or attempts. Some people having intense depression may hallucinate.
Some women struggle with symptoms of depression related to hormonal changes, prior to mensuration (known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder), or after childbirth (popularly known as post-partum or peri-partum depression). Depression also affects children in teens, often characterized by more irritability, depression, and somatizing symptoms (which refers to the tendency to confuse emotional states with physical health and bodily sensations).
Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
PDD is characterized by a persistent depressed mood for two years, or 1 year in children. Symptoms include poor appetite or overeating, changes in sleep, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration or difficulty making decisions, and feelings of hopelessness.
MDD is characterized by period of intense depression, often alternating with period of normal mood. Symptoms include depressed mood, lack of pleasure in many or all activities, significant weight loss or gain, fatigue, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Severe MDD can lead to suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
PMDD is a severe form of PMS that affects women in the week prior to mensuration. Symptoms include mood swings, anger, depression, changes in sleep or appetite, and increased interpersonal conflict.
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
DMDD affects children and teens. Symptoms include irritability, anger and outbursts that are more severe than common for other children. It is important to rule of other disorders that can look similar, such as ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral disorders.
Learn About Bipolar Disorders
Bipolar disorders are another form of mood disorder, characterized by alternating periods of elevated and depressed mood. The key feature of bipolar disorders are manic episodes (or the less severe hypomanic episodes).
Manic episodes are distinct period of elevated or irritable mood lasting at least a week. During such an episode, a person tends to have lots of energy, decreased need for sleep, and an inflated sense of their abilities. Often, people will engage in risky or unwise behavior, such as risky drug use, sex, or overspending. Severe manic episodes sometimes include hallucinations. When this occurs, the episode may require hospitalization. A hypomanic episode is similar to a manic episode, but less severe. It need only last four days, and there are no hallucinations present.
With the bipolar disorders, people also often have depressive episodes of differing severity. For example, a person with Bipolar I has had at least one manic episode. Often, but not always, the person will also have periods of major depression. Such persons may cycle between the two periods, mania and depression. Medication is generally required in addition to psychotherapy. A person with Bipolar II has had at least one period of hypomania (less severe mania) and at least one major depressive episode. They have had no manic episodes. Finally, there is cyclothymia: alternating periods of less intense depression and mania for at least two years.
A period of elevated, irritable or energetic mood, lasting at least 1 week, often with: Inflated self-esteem, decreased sleep, being more talkative, racing thoughts, distractibility, and/or engaging in pleasurable but risky acts.
At least one major depressive episode, and one hypomanic episode (like a manic episode, but less severe).
At least one manic episode, usually with alternating period of depression
Alternating period of less severe depression and mania for at least two years.
Learn About Mood Disorder Treatments
There are many methods of depression treatment shown by research to be effective. At FRTC, your therapist will conduct a thorough assessment, and develop a treatment plan designed specifically for you. Below is a list of common, researched-backed treatments for depression and other mood disorders. If you also have symptoms of anxiety or another mood issue, your therapist may suggest using a transdiagnostic treatment.
BA therapy seeks to increase positive activities and experience to combat depression. Those with depression often withdrawal from others, and stop doing activities they used to enjoy. BA teaches the client to seek out pleasurable experiences and social interactions. It is a very effective depression treatment for many clients.
In cognitive therapy for depression, clients examine and test their beliefs that sustain their depression. They are taught techniques to develop more accurate assessments, and correct mistaken beliefs. The change in thoughts leads to a change in mood, lessening depression symptoms.
In this therapy type, clients examine their maladaptive problems solving skills, and learn new ways to approach old problems. Clients are taught how to identify a problem, generate a list of solutions, make a decision, and implement their plan.
MBCT encourage clients to be more mindful of their thoughts and emotions, and teaches clients to experience to experience those inner states in a different way. This helps to prevent the negative patterns of thinking that sustain depression. MBCT is not right for all clients, but some persons can benefit strongly from the skills MBCT teaches.
In ACT, clients use mindfulness techniques to learn to live in the present moment, and experience negative emotions in a different way. Through the principals and acceptance and non-judgement, negative emotions become less distressing and tolerable.
Psychoeducation is concerned with prevention of manic episodes. By learning about the biological basis of mania, the importance of medication adherence, and the avoidance of triggers, clients learn to manage their disorder and prevent manic episodes. Along with medication, it is one of the most effective bipolar treatments.
In CT for bipolar disorder, the client examines their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that are perpetuating their disorder and leading to manic episodes. The importance of sleep hygiene and medication adherence is also stressed.