Depression and anxiety are very common comorbid disorders and are highly treatable. The most commonly used treatments for mild to moderate depression and anxiety are psychotherapy and / or medications, or a combination of the two. Typically a psychiatrist would prescribe medications, such as anti-depressants, while a therapist would provide counseling. Both treatment from a psychiatrist and psychotherapy by a counselor have been proven to be effective in reducing depression and anxiety, and in moderate cases, combined treatment is often the most effective form of treatment. Once identified, mild to moderate depression and anxiety can almost always be successfully treated by a counselor in conjunction with a psychiatrist, where both professionals collaborate in your treatment.
Where Treatment Occurs in Memphis, TN
Whether the type of treatment is psychotherapy and/or anti-depressant medication, most treatment for depression and anxiety occurs on an outpatient basis. Hospitalization is now reserved for only the most severe, unsafe cases. This has resulted in a significant gap between traditional outpatient treatment, which usually occurs for one hour per week, and the 24 hour care provided in the hospital. Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of moderate to severe depression and anxiety in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our programs provide services to those with moderate to severe depression 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. Moderate to severe depression typically consists of depressive symptoms that may include frequent crying spells, insomnia, lack of motivation, thoughts of suicide and / or functional impairments, such as not going to work or school, doing a poor job, having frequent conflicts, isolating from others, etc. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.