- What does Rehabilitation mean for mental health?
- What is Rehab for Depression?
- 6 Signs you should consider Rehab for Mental Health
- Depression and Substance Addiction
Depression is like a stranger stepping into your skin. You begin to see a surplus of negative thoughts, a lack of motivation to succeed in your goals, and a disinterest in the things you once enjoyed. Before you know it, it feels like your old self is gone and replaced by an empty vessel of the former.
Thankfully, there is a way to take back control.
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis theory, believed that depression was the cause of inward anger or rage. Although Freud’s theory has been challenged, anger has been known to be the cause of fear and depression.
Mental health rehabilitation offers you restoration and reprieve from the pangs of depression, giving you personalized care and a recovery plan with expert guidance and treatment.
With the help you deserve, you can and will loosen the grip of depression once and for all.
What does Rehabilitation Mean for Mental Health?
When we break an arm, we go to the doctor, get treated, and typically receive a cast for our recovery process. We may go through surgeries and require ongoing physical therapy throughout our recovery, but it takes some time for the break to fully heal.
At Fountain Hills Recovery, we similarly address mental health:
There isn’t a quick solution to healing the mind, and it takes time and commitment from both you and those who are here to help you along the way.
Rehabilitation in mental health means daily dedication to the betterment of your mind. Rehab breaks down different aspects of mental health into daily focuses so that you can overcome your mental illness and help you understand yourself better, how your mind works, what mental illness is, and why the mind can make you feel the way you do.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, you don’t have to struggle alone.
Our mental health rehabilitation treatment center provides the services needed to guide and support you the entire way to your recovery.
What is Rehab for Depression?
Rehabilitation for depression deals with every aspect of your life because that’s what depression affects – everything.
A big issue when dealing with depression is its negative impact on your motivation and ability to help yourself. Often, depression involves imploding emotions and self-isolation, making it less likely for you to reach out for help.
When you alienate yourself from others, you may start to think you’re the only one who struggles the way you do and that nobody else will understand.
If you’re coming to terms with depression in your own life, know that it isn’t anything unique or uncommon. In fact, over 17 million Americans suffer from depression.
As unfortunate as that reality is, just remember that you’re not alone, and so much research has gone into treating and healing those who struggle just like you.
It’s easy to tell ourselves that we can and should handle all our problems on our own, but having help from those who understand what you’re going through will be your greatest asset.
Those here to help you will be patient, caring, and help you remain accountable to your recovery goals while staying in our center.
Inpatient treatments for depression allow trained professionals to join alongside you in your journey to recovery. Real people mean real accountability, and they’re here to listen to you, speak the truth, encourage you, and help you develop a plan for returning with a newfound strength you’ll carry with you the rest of your life.
6 Signs You Should Consider Rehab for Mental Health
- Loss of Motivation for Anything and Everything
We all know those days we’d rather not get out of bed, cancel all our plans, and just stay home.
What isn’t normal is feeling this way every day or most days. Loss of motivation is a sign of major depression that affects more than just your interest in mundane activities.
If you find yourself not wanting to take part in favorite hobbies or activities, canceling plans because you don’t “feel” like going anymore, and feeling a strange sense of security and peace self-isolating at home, there may be a deeper problem at hand.
Depression makes life feel dull and, if gone untreated, can lead to our goals feeling unachievable. Rehabilitation can provide you with the needed tools to feel excited and energized about your interests and goals again.
- Interference with Work, School, or Social Life
Depression can interfere with your work, school, and social life. You may find yourself becoming irritated with the people around you or even experiencing outbursts or snapping at coworkers, peers, or friends and family. On the other end of the spectrum, depression significantly impacts self-esteem and causes people to bend boundaries and become people-pleasers.
The workload that once felt manageable now feels unbearable, and the relaxation that an outing with friends once offered now leaves you wishing you could stay home and binge Netflix alone. Grades are dropping, work deadlines aren’t being met, and all the while, you feel incapable of catching up.
This is depression; it stresses us out and causes hypo-arousal. Hypo-arousal freezes the natural fight or flight response ingrained into us. Our worries, stresses, and anxieties become too much, and as a result, our mind protects us by shutting down. This leads to low energy and feeling little emotion.
If major depression is taking a toll on areas of your life, you may also notice difficulty retaining information and your memory. You forget things you meant to do, or you feel like you keep messing up the simplest tasks.
Don’t beat yourself up; this isn’t a reflection of your capabilities, but rather it’s depression’s impact on your life. A rehab facility treating mental health conditions offers resources for strengthening and gaining back your cognitive abilities.
- Physical Symptoms
Our minds and bodies are connected and impact one another, and depression, regardless of it being a mental illness, takes a physical toll on the body. If you’ve noticed extreme weight changes in a short period of time, this can be a symptom of depression. People often deal with the emptiness and pain that depression causes in two ways, overeating or not eating enough/at all.
Other ways that depression can physically affect your body include:
- Stomach aches
- Muscle and joint pain
- Digestive problems
- Rashes and skin problems
- Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep (Insomnia)
- Low sex-drive
- Poor Self Care
Depression can make you put even essential aspects of life on pause.
Simple processes can feel like heavy burdens, and taking the time to do them can seem exhausting. In its most severe forms, depression can negatively impact your personal hygiene and overall self-care.
Consider if you’ve noticed a downward pattern in these wellness practices:
- Brushing your teeth
- Showering (washing your body and hair)
- Going to bed on a regular schedule and at a reasonable time
- Going grocery shopping
- Working out, even light workouts like walking to the mailbox, walking your dog, etc.
- Nutritional eating
- Washing your face in the morning and evening
- Drinking water daily
- Doing laundry
- Keeping your space clean and organized
- Danger to Self or Others
Without support, you may turn to harmful means to deal with your depression symptoms. Including alcohol abuse, drug abuse (both prescription and illegal), overeating or under-eating, and self-mutilation (e.g., cutting, burning, hitting, scratching). These unhealthy coping mechanisms offer false or momentary relief to the sufferer. Working with trained professionals at a mental health recovery center, you can learn healthy coping mechanisms to replace unhealthy ones. Healthy coping mechanisms provide long-term relief and aid in changing your thought and behavioral patterns.
Depression is a truly isolating mental illness.
It seeps into your thoughts and can make a situation seem a way that it isn’t. When you feel broken down without a cause or solution, it can be comforting to identify someone else on which to put the blame.
If you notice yourself becoming angry with specific individuals, even acting out verbally or physically, rehabilitation is a wise solution. You’ll be in an environment where the people around you understand the challenging emotions you’re going through. They’ll be willing to listen and help you sort out misdirected anger and frustration.
- Hopelessness and Suicidal Thoughts
Severe cases of depression can leave you feeling like you’re trapped in an endless cycle. It feels dull, numb, and pointless.
You may turn to suicide ideations, feeling like you have no other option, but this is the depression talking…
You’re still capable of leading a life that feels meaningful and that holds opportunities.
If you’re having thoughts of hopelessness or suicide, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Countless individuals have reached out for help and have seen a positive change in their life.
Alone, depression will fester and continue to lie to you, making life seem meaningless. Rehabilitation is the bridge between your current state and healing. Treatment reclaims your joy for life, the things you love, and your motivation to live.
Depression and Substance Addiction
Drug addiction and depression are co-occurring conditions that lead to an unending, downward spiral if you don’t seek real solutions for your mental and physical struggle.
All too often, people self-medicate during bouts with depression, turning to over-the-counter or illicit drugs as a way of coping and easing their symptoms.
Unfortunately, this type of self-medication typically leads to other – if not worse – problems for an individual simply looking for relief.
Drugs and alcohol will only make your depression worse, though you might feel relief for a short time.
Get the Help You Need Today
Don’t be discouraged if any of these six reasons hit close to home.
Instead, take this as an opportunity to seek the help you deserve.
You can get life back on track, and you can fight the lies that depression tells you.
Fountain Hills Recovery is one of Arizona’s leading luxury substance abuse and mental health treatment centers. We put our patients first and strive for quality over quantity, offering a treatment program that accounts for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety for our patients.
Rather than rushing treatment time, we want to work with you to ensure your needs and goals are met and you leave feeling strong and renewed.
To reach out, you can call us at 800-715-2004 or fill out our online “Get Help Today” form to have our team get in touch with you as soon as we can. Use our contact page here as well.
We want to see you healed from your depression, and you don’t have to do it alone.