Beach House Center for Recovery helps individuals struggling with addiction and common co-occurring mental health disorders break free from the cycle of substance misuse. With dedicated mental health clinicians, addiction specialists and psychiatric providers providing effective, personalized interventions, Beach House is proud to be one of Florida’s leading treatment centers.

What are depressive disorders?

Depressive disorders are categories of mood disorders, which are types of mental illnesses characterized by extended periods of despair, overwhelming joy, or both.

An individual who suffers from depression is experiencing deep sadness that interferes with normal, productive functioning. Someone suffering from depression likely has a reduced interest in once-enjoyable activities and might struggle to fulfill their daily obligations, like work or school tasks.

Numerous factors exacerbate depression, many of them physiological. These include a person’s genetic predisposition to depression, neuroendocrine function, and neurotransmitter levels. Medication, psychotherapy, or a combination are usually the preferred treatment options.

Depressive disorders and substance misuse frequently coexist; people with unmanaged depression often turn to mood-altering substances to address debilitating symptoms. Over time, the corrosive effects of substance misuse intensify depression symptoms, causing a greater reliance on illicit substances. This phenomenon creates patterns of addiction.

Our depression treatment center in Florida can identify and treat several types of depression, including the following conditions:

Major depressive disorder (Unipolar disorder): Major depressive disorder is also known as clinical depression. It is marked by overwhelming despair, negative thoughts, sleep disorders, loss of focus, and lack of interest in activities that last more than two weeks.

Persistent depressive disorder (Dysthymia): While less severe than major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder is a serious condition that causes feelings of emptiness, sadness, and irritation. Persistent depressive disorder can interfere with accomplishing tasks, concentrating, and sleeping restfully. While major depression and persistent depression can overlap, they are two distinct conditions.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome that could be related to hormone fluctuations during the menstrual cycle. When the hormone changes cause serious serotonin deficiency, psychological symptoms like severe fatigue, paranoia, sleep disruptions, despair, lack of impulse control, confusion, and uncontrolled crying might occur.

Signs and Symptoms of a Depressive Disorder

The precise cause of depressive disorders is unknown. However, people with a family history of depression are statistically more likely to experience symptoms.

Symptoms of depression include the following:

  • Feelings of unrelenting despair
  • Declining or loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Poor self-image or persistent self-criticism
  • Loss of concentration or inability to focus
  • Changes in appetite that lead to weight gain or loss
  • Irrational feelings of guilt
  • Decline in efficiency or inability to complete tasks
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Trouble committing to decisions
  • Loss of memory

The above symptoms can cause significant lifestyle disruptions, such as job loss, failures at school, and loss of friends or intimate relationships.

If left unaddressed, depressive disorders can start to affect physical well-being. Poor eating habits can cause weight fluctuations that jeopardize cardiovascular health. Sleep disruptions can cause vulnerabilities to infection and make daily tasks – like driving – dangerous.

Overcome Depression with a Leading Depression Treatment Center in Florida

Beach House provides compassionate, dedicated depression treatment in Florida from our beautiful, safe campus-based facility. Our team of mental health clinicians, addiction specialists and psychiatric providers offer decades of experience treating addiction and its co-occurring psychological disorders, helping a diverse population of patients achieve freedom from addiction.

Please get in touch with our compassionate and helpful admissions counselors today for more information about our treatment programs.