Outpatient Depression Therapy Programs

In 2009, five percent of the United States population was determined to suffer from clinical depression. Having readily available options for patients seeking help for their condition is crucial to their well-being. In an outpatient depression therapy program, patients attend therapy during the day but live away from the facility. Outpatient programs are an excellent alternative to residential treatment programs because patients receive the same basic components of treatment, but have more flexibility than they would in a residential program.

Outpatient programs are less expensive than residential programs, so they are often a more realistic option for anyone concerned about affording treatment. They also make it possible for patients to maintain their careers and any family responsibilities. Patients with children do not have to seek out a long-term means of childcare to attend treatment. Within outpatient treatment, there are different programs available to patients. Intensive outpatient programs, which provide a more thorough and regimented type of treatment compared to traditional programs, are designed to deal with more serious forms of depression. The techniques and methodologies used in outpatient programs can vary from facility to facility.

Before deciding on a treatment program, make yourself aware of what type of outpatient program it is, how the program is run and what type of treatment plan they follow.

Aspects of Outpatient Depression Treatment

There are a couple of key concepts that most outpatient facilities focus on during treatment:

Counseling: The main focus of any outpatient treatment program is to help the patient understand the cause of their depression and discuss the issues surrounding their condition. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a successful and popular technique used in treatment facilities.

Lifestyle changes: During treatment, individuals are encouraged to eat healthier, exercise more often and find things they enjoy doing that reduce stress. Healthy eating can help balance blood sugar and moderate a patient’s moods, and exercise releases endorphins that can help balance brain biochemistry. Having established changes like this during treatment makes the transition into aftercare easier for patients and gives them productive ways to deal with their emotions.

Life skills training: Life skills training helps patients anticipate bouts of depression and condition themselves to handle these emotions when they experience them. Life skills training teaches patients how to function in their every day life while they continue to manage their depression.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, please call our toll-free number and speak to one of our trained counselors about your options for outpatient treatment.