Those suffering from severe depression or other mental health disorders may have a period of crisis which requires urgent care for depression to protect the individual from negative consequences. While depression and other mental health issues are fairly common, those who are not receiving treatment are at higher risk. During treatment, some individuals may experience a temporary setback or crisis which could also require emergent treatment.

Signs that you or a loved one may require urgent care for depression can include the thoughts or desire to injure or otherwise hurt themselves, evidence of a suicidal thoughts, suicide plan, high levels of agitation, significant or extreme weight loss, or significant and sudden changes in attitude or behavior

Individuals displaying these, or other symptoms, may be at high risk of suicide without immediate psychiatric treatment or may risk inadvertently hurting themselves or someone else. Approximately 15% of those suffering from a mood disorder such as severe depression will go on to commit suicide. Persistent or recurring thoughts of suicide or its plans, attempts at suicide, gathering materials for suicide, or threats to commit suicide should be immediately addressed without delay.   Urgent care for depression is necessary if someone is experiencing thoughts of hurting themselves or others.

Other signs a crisis may be in progress can include sudden changes in behavior such as having a persistently sad and depressed mood for an extended period then suddenly appearing calm and happy. Increased levels of alcohol or substance abuse, risk-taking behaviors, isolation, or taking care of business such as changing or creation of a will or making amends can also be suicide warning flags. Failure to receive urgent care for depression during a mental health crisis can end in suicide or a suicide attempt.

If a person has made an actual attempt to end their life by swallowing a poisonous substance, an overdose of a medication, has cut themselves seriously or has any type of weapon, dial 9-1-1 or 2-1-1 for the mental health crisis intervention team and explain the situation to the emergency response coordinator who has answered the call. Try to remain calm and attempt to keep the person experiencing the crisis calm as well. If no actual attempt has been made but the person is displaying signs that a suicide attempt may be imminent, call the Memphis crisis hot line 577-9400.  If the person refuses to seek medical or mental health intervention and you feel they are at risk of self-harm or a suicide attempt, be sure to call 9-1-1.

Urgent care for depression may involve temporary hospitalization, evaluation, intensive counselling, and the use of prescription medications to provide temporary relief and stabilization of symptoms. After the individual has been released they will receive follow-up care as indicated by the medical or mental health professional they saw during their period of crisis through their existing mental health practitioner or such connections will be initiated.

If urgent care for depression is indicated and the individual does not require hospitalization and can be safely treated on an outpatient basis, intensive outpatient treatment may be indicated.  We provide urgent care for depression and have urgent appointments available.  Because our treatment for depression relies 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 or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Our urgent care for depression service includes a rapid assessment to determine the right level of care.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful and people who have completed our program have resulted in our treatment program receiving very highly consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an urgent care for depression assessment.