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Clinical Depression – A Mental Illness
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Clinical Depression – A Mental Illness

Depressive disorders are a range of mood disorders that are characterized by persistent and intense sadness, feelings of worthlessness, and the inability to seek pleasure for extended periods.

Depression is not a period of the blues or sadness but rather a mental health disorder that significantly interferes with daily functioning. It not only disrupts relationships and sleep patterns, but it also disrupts the way an individual’s brain processes information, emotions, and complex problems.

According to the National Institutes of Health, each year, more than 16 million adults in the United States experience at least one episode of major depression. The likelihood that a person will develop depression at some point in life is approximately 10 percent.

Depressive disorders come in different forms. The following are types of depressive disorders:

  • Major depressive disorder (clinical depression)
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Psychotic depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder

Signs and symptoms of depression:

  • Feelings of sadness & irritability most of the day, nearly every day
  • Loss of interest in most activities once enjoyed
  • Weight loss or gain or changes in appetite
  • Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or want to sleep more than usual
  • Feelings of restlessness, experiencing tremors or meaningless movements
  • Feeling unusually tired and a lack of energy
  • Feeling of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty in concentrating, thinking, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of harming oneself or committing suicide

Clinical depression

Clinical depression, formally referred to as major depressive disorder, is the most common type of depression and one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. Seven percent of American adults have been diagnosed with clinical depression, and this disorder also affects children and teenagers.

To be diagnosed with clinical depression, you must exhibit five or more of the above symptoms and experience them once a day for more than two weeks. Studies show that women are more prone to clinical depression compared to men. Major depressive disorder can be triggered by substance use disorders and addiction, certain medical conditions including a low thyroid and cancer, certain prescribed medications, specifically long-term steroids.

Seasonal depression

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that is associated with seasons, particularly late fall and the entire winter seasons. Shorter days, colder temperatures and less exposure to light have shown to change our sleep/wake patterns and throw off our “internal clocks” affecting our levels of melatonin, serotonin, and vitamin D.

Treatment for depression, how we can help

The goal of AKUA’s psychotherapy approach is to recognize any underlying triggers associated with depression and to develop positive coping skills to avoid and overcome depressive symptoms. Other goals of psychotherapy include learning to adjust to a crisis or stressful situation, improving communication and interpersonal relationships, replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, improving self-esteem, and regaining a sense of satisfaction and control. The following are common types of psychotherapy used to help treat symptoms of depression:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Problem-solving therapy
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Daily lifestyle changes that are known to improve mood include eating a balanced diet, adopting a healthy sleep regimen, avoiding alcohol and other substances, and moving your body.

AKUA Mind & Body Depressive Disorder Treatment

AKUA Mind & Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with depression and other primary mental health disorders. AKUA Mind & Body also treats co-occurring disorders and works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that treatment is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder.

AKUA Mind & Body offers Residential Programs and Outpatient Programs as well as an Aftercare/Alumni Program. The therapeutic process includes a blend of holistic approaches combined with evidence-based treatment to help individuals who have been affected by depression to recognize their underlying triggers and develop healthy coping skills. Regardless of where you are in your recovery process, AKUA Mind & Body can help.

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Insurance Coverage

AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Humana, Allcare Health, Highmark, UPMC Health Plan and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Magellen, HMC Health Works, Tricare, Western Health Advantage, Prime, Multi Plan, Triwest.

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Most PPO Policies Accepted

Optum Insurance
Humana Insurance
United-healthcare Insurance
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UPMC Health Plan
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The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.

Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.

No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.

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