Depression and PTSD can have significant impacts on your quality of life, making functioning difficult and possibly leading to suicidal thoughts, plans, or actions. Experiencing a traumatic event can often have long-lasting effects that go well beyond recovering from any immediate physical wounds received. It is important to understand depression and PTSD and consult with a mental health professional who will be able to help you address these issues.
Anyone who has experienced any type of traumatic even can experience depression and PTSD, including victims or responders to a violent crime (such as sexual assault, physical attack, or child abuse), natural or man-made disaster, motor vehicle or other serious accident, combat situation and terrorist attack. Those who have witnessed or been victims of these traumatic incidents may find that although they are upset immediately following the incident, their symptoms do not improve over time and new symptoms may appear.
Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks or memories, nightmares, avoidance of situations which remind you of the incident, fear, hyper vigilance, anxiety, problems sleeping, anger, feelings of isolation, or loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed. Depression occurs more frequently than any other medical problems in women who suffer from PTSD and it also occurs more often in men with PTSD.
Symptoms of depression can include feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, pessimism, worthlessness or helplessness. Irritability and loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, restlessness, sexual dysfunction or disinterest, and decreased energy levels are also common. People with depression may find it hard to concentrate, have trouble making decisions or remembering details. Sleeping and eating too much or too little, body aches, cramps, headaches, and digestive issues which have no underlying medical cause and don’t go away with treatment by a physician can also occur. Suicidal thoughts, planning, or attempts may also occur and require immediate treatment.
In the US, nearly 1/10 adults have experienced some form of depression in any given year. This mood disorder can occur after experiencing a traumatic event. Depression and PTSD frequently co-occur. Studies indicated that depression is 3-5 times more likely to occur in those who also have PTSD than those who do not.
Research has indicated that there are many forms of therapy which are successful when used in treating both depression and PTSD. Cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychological therapies can improve the symptoms and quality of life of those suffering from these disorders. In some cases, prescription medications may also be used in addition to therapy to help the individual cope with these disabling symptoms.
Because our treatment for depression and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression and PTSD, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and PTSD can be highly successful. People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviews. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.