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Why Tikvah Lake is the best recovery center for depression

If you or someone you love is suffering form depression it might seem as if there's no way out. But there is – and there are proven ways of successfully treating depression. At our recovery oasis at Tikvah Lake we have everything in place for this successful treatment. Starting with where we are located here among the palm trees.

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What to say when someone you know is depressed

So many people suffer from depression today it’s likely that someone you care about may well turn to you.

This is not just because they are a bit sad – depression is much more intense and long-lasting than this.

In America about seven percent of adults will have a major depressive episode in any given year. Around the world depression affects more than 264 million people.

For a number of factors it’s increasing every year. One current reason is that many more people than usual are facing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.

Self-isolation and social distancing because of the virus has only caused to make a depressed person’s sense of isolation worse. Then there is the anxiety – a condition often linked with depression – of increased financial worries. 

If someone you know has depression and they turn to you there are several things you can do to help them. There are also several things you definitely shouldn’t do.

However the first thing to realize is that while you can be a valuable support, anyone suffering from depression really needs to seek professional help as soon as possible. They will need to see a therapist who is experienced in treating depression.

Depression left on its own is most often a progressive condition. That means it’s going to get worse.

It is thought to be caused by several factors. An expert can guide someone suffering as to what might be the likely cause of their depression.

Because there are different causes there are several types of depression, although symptoms are similar.

These types include clinical depression, situational depression, seasonal depression, perinatal depression, bipolar disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

What’s a diagnosis of clinical depression?

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Many people who seek help will get a diagnosis of clinical depression. Also sometimes called a major depressive disorder or major depression, it has specific diagnostic criteria.

This is written in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) that’s the guidebook published by the American Psychiatric Association. It’s used by experts to diagnose most mental health disorders including clinical depression.

The DSM-5  says that somebody has to be experiencing five or more of the following symptoms in the same fortnight. These cannot be because of another medical condition or from substance abuse.

These symptoms need to have caused the person significant distress or impairment in occupational, social or other important areas of functioning. At least one of these symptoms has to be either “markedly diminished interest or pleasure” or “depressed mood”.

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
  • A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.

So if you think someone is depressed or they tell you they are it’s helpful to know what to say and do. The first thing is to realize it’s difficult to know the right words to say to someone in this condition.

So don’t be afraid to say: “I don’t really know what to say to you right now.” That will take the pressure off you.

Often the best thing you can offer to someone who’s depressed is your just being there. Providing a shoulder to cry on can be very comforting.

Or a listening ear. But real listening is a vital skill that takes practice.

Before knowing what to say that might provide help it’s perhaps more useful to understand what not to say and do.

What not to say or do to someone with depression

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Do not:

  • Dismiss their feelings in any way.
  • Compare their feelings to other people such as saying: “My cousin has it worse than you and they don’t get like this” or “You think you’ve got it bad…”
  • Play down their symptoms by saying such as: “Well, you don’t look depressed.”
  • Show any lack of concern.
  • Say that they are being selfish by saying such as: “You just think of yourself all the time.”
  • Be dismissive by saying something like: “You’ll get over it!”
  • Use phrases that might have good intentions but that might just seem as if you are making their depression sound easy to get through: “You just need to cheer up” or “This won’t last forever.”
  • Say anything that suggests it’s their fault such as: “It’s all in your head” or “It’s not that bad.”
  • Offer them drink or drugs in an attempt to deal with it. While it might push the negative feelings down for a few hours it doesn’t mean they have gone away. They will still be there and often the drinking or drug-taking just exacerbates feelings of despair and isolation.

Remember it’s often extremely difficult for someone with depression to open up. This may be due to feeling guilty, ashamed, embarrassed or bewildered.

Deep inside they may sense they have to look at a past trauma. This can seem overwhelming – a very big and frightening thing to do.

Or there is still a lingering stigma in some places and with some people about having depression. The person suffering with depression might not want people to know.

A depressed person might be anxious they will be looked down on as they are seen to “not be coping”. So as someone they have turned to, or if you have noticed that someone is depressed, you can ask them how they are – and let them know you’re always there for them.

What can I say and do for someone with depression?

Do:

  • Let them know you really care.
  • Ask them how you can help them.
  • Remember that really listening – without judgement – is one of the most loving things you can do.
  • Look after any immediate things they need doing. This builds trust.
  • Say you will help them find a therapist.
  • Always show understanding and empathy.
  • Be with them in the here and now.
  • Stay with them and do not be anxious about having to say exactly the right thing.
  • Give them a feeling of hope that they can get through it.
  • Show them unconditional love. Tell them you love them.

When it comes to professional help there are several effective ways to treat depression. Getting to a rehab center is known to be one of the best options for someone who is depressed.

Our experts look at each person as an individual. We create special individualized treatment programs.

We have found that such as group therapy is hugely beneficial for dealing with any feelings of isolation. Our guests make connections with others going through their own struggles that are often very similar.

Being with us in sunny Florida also gets anyone who’s depressed into a safe environment away from negative people and places. It gives a break from normal daily pressures.

Tikvah Lake’s professionals are here with our care and expertise 24 hours a day.

We encourage all guests to get regular exercise. For anyone with depression this is extremely beneficial, especially in the great outdoors.

We only serve nutritious delicious food. This is also known to help reduce depression.

Adequate restful sleep is another essential factor in recovery from all mental health problems. Our entire campus here is created with peaceful recovery in mind.

We have helped many people with depression in a caring manner that also ensures it’s a long-lasting recovery.

Contact us to find out how we can help someone you care about today.

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Depression – eight signs you should consider a rehab center

Everybody will feel unhappy at some time. It’s a completely normal emotion that’s actually part of being human.

We are made to have all sorts of emotions ranging from utter elation to total dejection. They are natural and there to actually help us to process and deal with events – be they good or bad.

But they are not meant to be a constant daily way of being. If someone feels nothing much but sadness for a couple of weeks it could well be that they have depression.

An increasing number of people struggle with depression, prompting some to call it the illness of our modern world. According to WHO (World Health Organization), the mental disorder of depression affects more than 264 million people around the world.

In the United States alone, in any one year more than 17 million adults are believed to have at least one major depressive episode. This is around seven percent of all adults in America.

Anyone suffering from depression really needs professional treatment as it rarely goes away on its own. In fact for many with depression it will grow in intensity, causing the person suffering from it to go in an ever spiraling downwards vicious circle.

There are several types of depression including major depression, perinatal depression, bipolar disorder, situational depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and seasonal depression. The major difference is the cause, but symptoms are similar.

What are the eight major signs of depression?

  • Constant sadness and low mood, often feeling tearful.
  • Having no motivation or energy.
  • Speaking and moving uncharacteristically slowly.
  • No or low appetite. Weight fluctuation.
  • Being intolerant and irritable.
  • Difficulty in making decisions due to low self-esteem.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

There are other signs that can include a general feeling of anxiety or guilt; having an unusually low or no libido; neglecting family, friends, hobbies – and simply not finding life enjoyable in any way.

In fact, many people with depression state how they dread every morning.

It is still not fully understood why some people get depression and others who might have been through similar situations do not seem to suffer in the same way.

One theory is that some people may be more prone because of certain characteristics.

This might be due to family disposition towards responding to particular aspects of life. For instance, some families have for many generations learned to be pessimistic by always focussing on worst-case scenarios.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been associated with developing depression in later life. Any sort of trauma is also frequently a major factor.

A difficult event or situation in present-day life can be a cause. This can be such as a relationship break-up, redundancy, chronic illness or the loss of a loved one. Other reasons include being isolated, getting older, drinking excessively, using drugs, pregnancy, hypothyroidism and some types of head injury.

What is clinical depression?

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Many people have heard of people having a clinical diagnosis of depression. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5 is the American Psychiatric Association handbook that’s used by healthcare experts as the guide to the diagnosis of mental health disorders. 

Clinical depression – also known as major depression or major depressive disorder – has precise diagnostic criteria.

If someone has severe long-term symptoms that are badly impacting on their quality of life, it could be due to clinical depression.

In the DSM-5 it states that someone must be experiencing five or more of the following symptoms in the same two-week period. However, these cannot be due to substance abuse or another medical condition.

To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms have to cause the person clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. At least one of these eight signs of clinical depression has to be either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure.

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
  • A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

How is depression treated?

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Depression is an increasing mental health problem, especially during this unprecedented time of self-isolation and social distancing because of the worldwide pandemic. Thankfully there are several proven effective ways to treat depression.

Our expert team here is greatly experienced in looking at all aspects of depression to offer the best treatment for each guest who stays with us. Going to a rehab center is considered one of the best options for someone who is depressed. 

People suffering from depression frequently get so depressed they rarely leave their house. They might feel like no one wants to be around them.

It’s one reason why coming to a rehab center like ours is beneficial. Treatment such as group therapy helps deal with feelings of isolation and recreates a loving family environment that is often something depressed people have lacked.

Guests also make positive connections with others going through similar struggles. Then it gets you away from any negative places or people and creates distance from everyday pressures.

Naturally, our caring professional team is here for you night and day. We will look to see if there is a co-occurring disorder, which is very common. Known as dual diagnosis it makes treatment more comprehensive and integrated.

For instance, a lot of people addicted to alcohol also suffer from depression and anxiety. We receive many guests too who are depressed at least in part due to executive burnout.

We offer a 10-day executive treatment program, especially for busy executives.

We can recommend beneficial lifestyle changes to shift mood from listless to one that’s energized. With this in mind, we’ll look at such as consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and recreational drugs.

Other positive lifestyle changes can include regular exercise especially in the great outdoors. In fact, University of Essex researchers in the UK found that three-quarters of a group with depression said they were less depressed after a walk in nature.

For this reason, we know Florida with its year-round sunny climate is ideal.

A healthy diet filled with nutritious food will also always help treat depression. We ensure all our guests eat a regular nutritional and delicious specially prepared diet.

Sleep is important too, which is why all our bedrooms are designed with comfort and a restful night in mind. Likewise the entire campus here is made for tranquil recovery.

Speaking to an experienced therapist is invaluable when treating depression. There are several talking therapies that are proven to help with depression, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

CBT recognizes past events might have had influences, but it concentrates on how to change the way we think, feel and behave in the present – such as how to confront and deal with feelings of hopelessness.

We also introduce many of our guests to the Twelve Steps recovery program. Designed initially for alcoholics it has been adapted for many other addictions but has also been shown to be a very effective help for some other mental health problems.

At Tikvah Lake Recovery, we work with each guest to make sure their treatment program is completely personalized. This gives us a greater success in treating our guests and ensures an enduring recovery when you leave here.

To find out how we can help treat you or someone you care about with depression, contact one of our dedicated team today.

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