Non-Residential Depression TreatmentsOutpatient treatment for depression might be a good option for those who have mild to moderate depression. However, it is not recommended for those with severe depression. It can also be dangerous for people with suicidal ideation. If you’re thinking about depression treatment, it’s important to be honest about the seriousness of your depression. You’ll likely want to discuss any options with your doctor. Talking them over with a mental health professional could also give you insight into the safest decision for you. Here’s an overview of what choices are available for treating depression.
What is Outpatient Care?Outpatient care means that the patient doesn’t live at the facility where they receive care. They are able to stay in their own home. Meanwhile, they go to the outpatient therapy facility during the day. Outpatient care can take place many days during the week, for several hours. It can also be done for shorter periods of time, less often. What level of care you require should be determined by working with a mental health professional.
Should You Use Outpatient Treatment?This is the most important part of selecting how to treat your depression. This is because depression is a fatal disease. If your depression is severe, you’re better off with inpatient care. Inpatient care allows you to focus all your energy on healing. Afterwards you can use outpatient care to manage your depression. Here’s a few questions to ask to determine whether your depression is severe:
- Do I often think about killing myself or anyone else?
- Have I tried to kill myself in the past?
- Do I engage in any self-harm, such as cutting, starvation or hitting myself?
- Does my doctor and/or therapist think I need inpatient care?
- Have outpatient depression treatments not worked for me in the past?
- Am I overwhelmed?
- Do I feel crazy, out of control or dangerous at times?
- Do I have substance abuse issues, in addition to depression?
Common Treatments for DepressionThere’s a variety of outpatient treatments that can be used to manage depression. These can be used alone or combined:
- Therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy.
- Antidepressant medication.
- An exercise routine.
- Support groups.
- Antipsychotics may be necessary in the case of bipolar depression.
- Alternative therapies such as electroconvulsive therapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation.