Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, River Place Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art depression treatment center serving the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.
Learn More About Depression Treatment at River Place Behavioral Health Hospital
One of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions today, depression affects countless individuals throughout the United States. This mental health condition can vary in severity and can take many forms. Often, individuals with depression will struggle with fatigue, somatic complaints, interruptions in healthy sleeping and eating patterns, chronic low mood, flat affect, interpersonal problems, strained relationships, an overall decline in physical health, and more.
Depression can affect people of all ages, and if you believe you are suffering from this disorder, you have likely had trouble maintaining your ability to perform at school, work, or home. You may have social or professional issues, and/or may feel unable to adhere to the basic tasks of daily living. Depression, if left untreated, can drain you of energy and ambition, and can severely limit your ability to realize your full potential.
Fortunately, with help from a quality treatment center like River Place Behavioral Health, you can overcome your struggles with depression. Our compassionate, experienced staff is here to help you uncover the root of your illness and to guide you towards harnessing your inner strength as you learn to manage your symptoms. Our specialized depression programming can assist you in taking control of your symptoms and achieving lifelong recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment for Depression
Watching a loved one struggle with depression is an incredibly painful experience. If someone you care about has begun to show signs of this mental health condition, you no doubt want to help, but you may be unsure of where to turn. Please know that you are not alone, and that there are many resources available to combat symptoms of depression. As you prepare to encourage your loved one to enroll in treatment, please consider the following:
- Take some time to read about the signs and symptoms of depression, or speak to a mental health professional who can answer your questions about this disorder. In doing so, you’ll gain greater empathy for what your loved one is experiencing.
- Inquire about treatment centers in your loved one’s area that offer comprehensive, individualized care to address depression.
- When you introduce the idea of entering treatment to your loved one, maintain a calm and patient tone. You may experience some initial resistance from him or her at first, but remain steadfast and nonjudgmental as you listen to your loved one describe his or her concerns.
- When it comes time for your loved one to begin the admissions process, do what you can to alleviate barriers to accessing care. As you continue to offer emotional support, also offer practical help like transportation and childcare.
Before, during, and after your loved one seeks treatment for depression, you will likely be spending a lot of time and energy focused on providing support to him or her. For this reason, it will be important to be mindful of your own health and wellbeing during this time. Be sure to engage in activities that you enjoy, get plenty of rest, and take some time for yourself so that you can be available to your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment for Depression at River Place Behavioral Health
Depression is a progressive illness, and without professional treatment, it will likely continue to worsen as time goes by. Untreated depression can lead to an inability to care for yourself and others, can impact your ability to do your job, attend school, and maintain healthy relationships. Physical symptoms like chronic fatigue, appetite loss, overeating, aches and pains, nausea, and more often accompany this illness, making it difficult to maintain your health. The chronic, low mood and irritability that are the hallmarks of depression may prevent you from experiencing joy, even during activities you once enjoyed. It may become increasingly difficult for you to feel connected to others, and you may find that you begin isolating yourself from friends and family.
All of these damaging symptoms will eventually take a toll, and while this can be a devastating experience, you are not alone. There are countless others who have also struggled with depression, and many have gone on to live fully recovered lives. With the support found in a professional treatment program, you can achieve a life free from the grips of depression.
Types of Treatment for Depression at River Place Behavioral Health
When you or your loved one enters inpatient treatment for depression at River Place Behavioral Health, you can expect to receive comprehensive services that have been customized according to your specific needs, and that are provided in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Our state-of-the-art treatment center in LaPlace, Louisiana, features specialized treatment tracks for adolescents, adults, and senior adults whose lives have been impacted by mental and/or behavioral health concerns. Our age-appropriate services address the unique ways that members of these demographic groups are impacted by mental and behavioral health disorders, and are provided in a manner that is best suited to the developmental levels of our patients.
Age is just one of many factors that we consider when developing personalized treatment plans for each person who heals with us. One of your first experiences at River Place will be to complete a thorough assessment. This will enable the members of your treatment team to identify the therapeutic elements that will best help you to achieve true and lasting healing from the effects of depression.
Based upon that assessment and an ongoing evaluation of your progress while in our care, your personalized treatment plan may include the following features:
Medical care: Internal medicine clinicians, including advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and other members of our nursing staff, are available to meet with you on a daily basis throughout your stay at River Place. These professionals are prepared to provide a variety of medical services, including symptom management, medication management, and stabilization.
Medication management: As noted in the previous paragraph, our clinicians are available for medication management services as needed. During your initial assessment or at any other time while you are in treatment for depression, you may be prescribed certain medications to help ease symptoms and promote recovery.
If prescription medications are included in your personal treatment plan, we will closely monitor the effects of these medications throughout your time in our care, and make all necessary adjustments to ensure you are receiving maximum benefit.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions with an experienced professional such as a social worker or counselor can help you to process successes and setbacks that occur while you are in treatment for depression, as well as to address issues that you may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting. At River Place, we can schedule individual therapy sessions for you on an as-needed basis throughout your time in our care.
Group therapy: While you are healing from depression at River Place, you will have the opportunity to participate in daily group therapy sessions. Featuring the guidance and supervision of nurses, counselors, social workers, and other professionals, group sessions are excellent forums in which to share your experiences, learn from the insights of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills.
Our groups focus on a variety of topics that are relevant to your treatment and recovery, such as the following:
- Daily living skills
- Coping skills
- Self-esteem building
- Life management
Family therapy: Your loved ones may have also been impacted by your struggles with depression, and they can play a significant role in supporting your recovery during and after your time in treatment at River Place. Family therapy sessions provide a safe and supportive environment in which you and your loved ones can address how you all have been affected by your mental health challenges, can resolve any rifts or conflicts, and can learn to function as a healthier unit. Family therapy sessions at River Place may be led by social workers, counselors, or a psychiatrist.
Experiential therapies: In addition to traditional individual and group therapy sessions, River Place also offers a variety of experiential therapies to men and women who are being treated for depression. Depending upon your needs and treatment goals, you may participate in art therapy, music therapy, movement/exercise therapy, or other types of experiential therapy while you are in our care.
Benefits of experiential therapy include discovering new ways to express your emotions, learning to manage symptoms more effectively, addressing issues related to your mental health struggles in a more productive manner, and developing healthier coping skills.
Continuing Care After Inpatient Treatment for Mental Illness
At River Place Behavioral Health, we understand that your time in treatment with us will be just one part of your recovery journey. For this reason, from the day you arrive at our center we will work to prepare you for continued success after you have transitioned out of our care.
While you are in our inpatient program, you will achieve stabilization and will begin to develop skills for managing the symptoms of depression. One of the many essential benefits of inpatient care at River Place is that you can focus on your health without being exposed to the stresses, pressures, and distractions of daily life.
Our detailed discharge planning process ensures that when you are ready to once again face those challenges, you will have the support that you need to resist relapse and continue to progress in your healing. When you leave River Place, you will have recommendations and referrals for the outpatient programs, community-based support groups, and other resources that will be of greatest assistance to you as you continue to work toward your long-term goals.
To learn more about inpatient treatment for depression at River Place Behavioral Health, or for additional information about any aspect of our programming, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. A knowledgeable and friendly member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if River Place has the solutions that you have been searching for.