Depression Disorders

Treatment for Depression Disorders

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The impact of depression goes beyond just feeling sad; it can affect the way you think, act, and feel. If you find yourself experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or a general sense of being down that significantly impacts your daily life, it is crucial to seek professional help and explore your treatment options.

Understanding the Different Types of Depression Disorders

Depression is a complex condition with various types, each characterized by unique symptoms and treatment approaches. It’s important to note that these types of depression can overlap or coexist, making an accurate diagnosis crucial for developing an effective treatment plan. Some of the most common types of depression disorders include:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

This is the most well-known form of depression and is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and a lack of energy. Often this type of depression is medication resistant and requires complimentary therapy and treatment to overcome and manage.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that causes emotional and physical symptoms in the days leading up to menstruation. This has to do with the change in hormones and their effect on the brain.

Atypical Depression Disorder

This type of depression is characterized by mood reactivity, meaning that individuals with atypical depression experience temporary improvements in mood when positive events occur.

Bipolar Disorder

Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings, ranging from manic highs to depressive lows.

Peripartum Depression

Also known as postpartum depression, this type of depression occurs after childbirth and is associated with hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, and the challenges of adjusting to motherhood.

Situational Depression

Also known as reactive depression, situational depression is triggered by a specific event or circumstance, such as the loss of a loved one, a breakup, or financial difficulties.

Psychotic Depression

Psychotic depression is characterized by severe depression accompanied by psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a type of depression that occurs during specific seasons, typically winter, due to reduced exposure to sunlight. Though this isn’t common in Florida, it can be situational regarding holidays or past depressing events around certain times of the year.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Formerly known as dysthymia, persistent depressive disorder is characterized by long-term, chronic depression that lasts for two years or more.

Inpatient Treatment for Depression at Agape Behavioral

If you suspect that you may be struggling with depression, it is essential to reach out to a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. At Agape Behavioral Center our qualified physician and mental health professional conduct a thorough assessment, considering your symptoms, medical history, and any underlying factors that may contribute to your depression.

What to Expect During Inpatient Treatment

At Agape Behavioral Center, we are committed to providing comprehensive and individualized treatment for individuals struggling with depression. Our inpatient program offers 24-hour clinical and medical support, ensuring you receive the care and attention you deserve. Our team of dedicated professionals will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include counseling, medication, and complementary therapies. We understand the challenges of depression and are here to support you every step of the way.

Counseling: Talk Therapy for Healing and Growth

One of the most common and effective treatments for depression is counseling, also known as talk therapy. In counseling sessions, you will work with a licensed counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Talk therapy can provide a safe and supportive environment for you to express your emotions, gain insights into your challenges, and learn coping strategies to manage your depression.

There are various types of talk therapy that can be beneficial for treating depression, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depression. It helps individuals develop healthier ways of thinking and promotes positive behavioral changes.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is often used to treat individuals with depression and co-occurring issues such as self-destructive behaviors, substance abuse, or borderline personality disorder. It combines elements of CBT with mindfulness techniques to improve emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

IPT focuses on improving interpersonal relationships and social functioning. It helps individuals address conflicts, life transitions, and grief that may contribute to their depression.

Medical Integration: Addressing Underlying Causes and Conditions

Before initiating any medication-based treatment, it is crucial to undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to identify any underlying causes or conditions that may be contributing to your depression symptoms. Certain medications, such as corticosteroids and isotretinoin, have been linked to an increased risk of depression. Additionally, factors like genetic predisposition, trauma, chronic pain, grief, conflict, and substance abuse can all play a role in the development and exacerbation of depression.

Once the underlying factors are identified, the medical team at Agape Behavioral Center can discuss options for integrating medications and medical treatments into your personalized treatment plan. In some cases, effectively managing an underlying condition may alleviate the symptoms of depression and help you regain a sense of well-being.

Medication Options: Balancing Brain Chemistry for Relief

When depression is not linked to an underlying condition, medication may be necessary to address imbalances in brain chemistry and alleviate symptoms. However, medications for depression are typically prescribed by a medical professional and can be classified into different groups

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Tricyclic antidepressants target brain chemicals to ease depression symptoms. While they were among the earliest medications for treating depression disorders, they are not commonly prescribed today due to their unpleasant side effects.

  • Elavil (Pro) Generic name: amitriptyline
  • Silenor (Pro) Generic name: doxepin
  • Anafranil (Pro) Generic name: clomipramine
  • Pamelor (Pro) Generic name: nortriptyline
  • Tofranil (Pro) Generic name: imipramine
  • Sinequan (Pro) Generic name: doxepin
  • Norpramin (Pro) Generic name: desipramine
  • Aventyl Hydrochloride Generic name: nortriptyline
  • Vivactil Generic name: protriptyline
  • Asendin Generic name: amoxapine
  • Vanatrip Generic name: amitriptyline
  • Surmontil (Pro) Generic name: trimipramine
  • Tofranil-PM Generic name: imipramine


Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes prescribed for severe depression that does not respond to other treatments. They work by altering brain chemicals to alleviate symptoms such as extreme agitation, anxiety, and feelings of depression.

  • Aripiprazole (Abilify) 
  • Olanzapine
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal)
  • Clozapine
  • Ziprasidone
  • Paliperidone (Invega)
  • Asenapine (Saphris)
  • Iloperidone (Fanapt)

Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs are often prescribed for depression, anxiety, and nerve pain. They work by targeting neurotransmitters to regulate mood effectively.

  • Desvenlafaxine (Khedezla, Pristiq)
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Drizalma, Irenka)
  • Levomilnacipran (Fetzima)
  • Milnacipran (Savella)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)

Atypical Antidepressants

Atypical antidepressants are a diverse group of medications that do not fit into other categories. They work by changing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin or dopamine.

  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, others)
  • Mirtazapine (Remeron)
  • Nefazodone
  • Trazodone
  • Vilazodone (Viibryd)
  • Vortioxetine (Trintellix)
  • Esketamine (Spravato)

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

MAOIs were the first type of antidepressants developed, but they have been largely replaced by newer classes of medications due to their side effects. They target neurotransmission to alleviate depression symptoms.

  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
  • Phenelzine (Nardil)
  • Selegiline (Emsam)
  • Tranylcypromine (Parnate)

Natural Approaches to Depression Disorder Treatment

At Agape Behavioral Center you will have the opportunity to also explore natural options for treating depression or want to complement traditional treatments with lifestyle changes, there are several strategies you can consider. While these approaches may not replace professional medical care, they can enhance your overall well-being and support your journey to recovery.

Healthy Eating: Nourishing Your Body and Mind

A nutritious diet plays a crucial role in supporting mental health. At Agape Behavioral Center our in-house chef caters to helping clients experience how certain foods can positively impact brain chemistry and promote the production of neurotransmitters associated with mood regulation, such as serotonin. Therefore, incorporating the following into your diet may help alleviate depression symptoms:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a reduced risk of depression and improved mental well-being.

  • Complex Carbohydrates: Foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provide a steady release of energy and promote stable blood sugar levels, helping to regulate mood and energy levels.

  • Lean Proteins: Protein-rich foods, such as lean meats, poultry, beans, and legumes, provide essential amino acids that support neurotransmitter synthesis and overall brain function.

  • Antioxidant-Rich Foods: Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens, and colorful vegetables, can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which are associated with depression.

Regular Exercise: Boosting Mood and Energy Levels

Engaging in regular physical activity has been shown to improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, and promotes better sleep, increased energy levels, and improved self-esteem. At Agape Behavioral Center our team incorporates activities to get your body moving and encourage a love of exercise.

Living with a Depression Disorder: Building a Supportive Network

Living with depression can be challenging, but you are not alone. Building a strong support network is crucial for managing your condition and promoting overall well-being. Reach out to friends, family members, or support groups who can provide understanding, empathy, and encouragement. Regular medical appointments with healthcare providers who specialize in mental health can also help you monitor your symptoms, adjust your treatment plan as needed, and ensure you have the support you need.

Treating Depression Disorders with Agape Behavioral

At Agape Behavioral Center, we are committed to providing comprehensive and individualized treatment for individuals struggling with depression. Our inpatient program offers 24-hour clinical and medical support, ensuring you receive the care and attention you deserve. Our team of dedicated professionals will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include counseling, medication, and complementary therapies. We understand the challenges of depression and are here to support you every step of the way.

If you or a loved one is seeking help for depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to Agape Behavioral Healthcare. Our compassionate team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your call and provide the support and guidance you need. Contact us at (954) 603-8597 and take the first step towards a brighter future.

“Recovery is a journey, and with the right support, you can find hope and healing.”

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