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How Do I Choose the Best Residential Depression Treatment?

M. DePietro
M. DePietro

There are many things to consider when choosing the best residential depression treatment center. Consider the types of therapy available, the qualifications of staff, and accommodations provided. Insurance coverage, cost, and location may also play a role in selecting the best depression treatment.

Inpatient depression treatments will likely include medication and psychotherapy. Ask what types of therapy are available. In addition to individual therapy, some people may respond well to group therapy or family therapy. Having a variety of options may help with recovery.

A variety of therapy options may help with recovery from depression.
A variety of therapy options may help with recovery from depression.

Consider the benefits of a comprehensive residential treatment center. Comprehensive centers use not only medication and counseling to treat depression, but also offer integrative therapies. This may include relaxation techniques, exercise and nutrition classes, and massage therapy. Ask if additional integrative therapies are offered, such as yoga classes and music and art therapy.

Depression screenings help accurately diagnose whether a patient is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or another mood disorder.
Depression screenings help accurately diagnose whether a patient is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or another mood disorder.

Staff qualifications are an important consideration when selecting the best residential depression treatment center. A clinical team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed family therapists should be on staff. Staff should be experienced in various types of depression treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

Other problems often coexist with depression. For instance, some people may also have substance abuse problems, alcoholism, eating disorders, or an anxiety disorder. If a secondary problem coexists, consider an inpatient treatment center that offers dual-diagnosis treatment. This means they also offer treatment for the secondary problem. Treatment may include substance abuse counseling, 12-step meetings, and support groups.

Other problems, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, may coexist with depression.
Other problems, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, may coexist with depression.

Accommodations may also be an important factor when choosing a residential depression treatment center. Some facilities may have private rooms for patients. Others may require residents to share a room. Ask the center’s director what a typical day is like. In additional to counseling and therapy sessions, some facilities may have recreational activities or weekend outings for patients.

The availability of help for substance abuse problems that may exist with depression can be used to determine the best residential depression treatment center.
The availability of help for substance abuse problems that may exist with depression can be used to determine the best residential depression treatment center.

Determine the cost of the depression treatment center. Total cost will include, accommodations, meals and treatment. Consider if health insurance will cover any costs. Location may also play a role in selecting the best residential depression treatment center. You may want a center close to your support system.

Find out what type of follow-up services are available. Some residential depression treatment centers may also have an outpatient depression program that you may use once you leave the center. Other centers may have partnerships with community organizations to which you can be referred for follow-up services. Continuum of care is important for long-term recovery with depression.

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    • A variety of therapy options may help with recovery from depression.
      By: silent_47
      A variety of therapy options may help with recovery from depression.
    • Depression screenings help accurately diagnose whether a patient is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or another mood disorder.
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      Depression screenings help accurately diagnose whether a patient is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or another mood disorder.
    • Other problems, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, may coexist with depression.
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      Other problems, such as substance abuse and eating disorders, may coexist with depression.
    • The availability of help for substance abuse problems that may exist with depression can be used to determine the best residential depression treatment center.
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      The availability of help for substance abuse problems that may exist with depression can be used to determine the best residential depression treatment center.