Depression is a very common condition and many do not realize how disabling it can be. Many of the long-term problems with Depression have to due with incomplete treatment responses as well as depressive relapses. Incomplete treatment refers to when an individual gets partially better, but not fully better. Anything short of a 100% complete response leaves the individual much more vulnerable to depressive relapse.
The longer-term outpatient phase is where the 100% response is usually reached and then preserved. Sustainable happiness is the desired endpoint. The new skills and healthy habits people can learn during the higher levels of care are useful at this stage. The behaviors that get you well will also keep you well. Involvement in the diverse Delray Center alumni community adds an additional layer of support that fosters continued health and wellness. Continuity of care with the same doctor, therapist and other treatment providers is essential to achieving this goal.
Continuity of care is the other critical benefit of outpatient-based care. The unavoidable interruption of treatment that occurs at the end of any intensive inpatient stay greatly limits the depth of therapy that can be reached. Outpatient therapy and treatment is not subject to the same external time restrictions.
The transition from a program down to basic individual and group therapy is actually very easy when the path of continuity is available. The frequency of appointments and groups are scaled down over time depending on the progress made by the client. The patient greatly benefits from preserving a long-term therapeutic relationship with the same therapist with whom they started their treatment. The same element of continuity exists with the group therapy, again adding the long-term depth to the therapy content. Studies have demonstrated that the greatest single factor that will predict lasting sobriety is the length of engagement with a particular treatment system. The care provided at the Delray Center is designed to be both convenient and affordable in a manner that is sustainable. Long-term recovery is our primary goal.
The overall goal of outpatient treatment for individuals living with depression and other mood disorders is sustainable happiness. And, a reduction in the severity and frequency of depressive episodes. But, to attain this overall objective, we must first take steps to achieve other goals during treatment including:
Do you or a loved one struggle with depression and want to work on being happier and live a life of better wellbeing? The Outpatient Depression Treatment Program from the Delray Center for Healing is here to help you. Learn more about our mental health center in Delray Beach, South Florida right from our website. Or, give us a call to speak to one of our certified specialists today at 888-699-5679.
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