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Depression in Women: You Can Break Free

Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men. Although the symptoms of depression are the same for both genders, women are inclined to experience particular symptoms more often than men.

When depression becomes persistent and a chronic problem, there is no shame in seeking a solution. Women who suffer from depression often turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and apathy. Depression may not manifest in the same way every day, but it hurts nonetheless.

At Destination Hope, our inpatient depression treatment helps you heal from the pain causing you to be depressed. Through personalized treatment plans that include individual, group, and family therapy, along with nutrition, fitness, and the clinical support you deserve, you can find the freedom you desperately wish to find. Learn about our rehab for depression from our compassionate admissions counselors, and discover the hope you deserve.

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What is Depression?

Depression is a condition in which a person experiences feelings of sadness, discouragement, hopelessness, and in some cases, disinterest in life in general. It is normal for these feelings to be felt for a short period of time. However, when such feelings last for more than two weeks at a time, and when feelings interfere with daily activities, it is probable that a major depressive episode is taking place.

Depression is a treatable illness that alters the way in which a person thinks, feels, behaves, and functions. If left untreated, depression will seriously impact, if not ruin, an individual’s quality of life.


Depression can occur as a result of:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy or infertility
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Role strain
  • Unequal power and status
  • Sexual abuse
  • Relationship dissatisfaction
  • Body image issues or puberty
  • Pre-menopause and Menopause

You can learn to overcome depression and live a life of gratitude and health. Talk to our admissions counselors to learn about the inpatient depression treatment plan that is right for you.

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Types of Depression

The most common types of diagnosed depression include:

  • Major Depression – Also referred to as Major Depressive Disorder, Chronic Major Depression, or Unipolar Depression, this type of depression is expressed by a combination of symptoms that impede a person’s capability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities.
  • Minor Depression – Minor Depressive Disorder is a type of depression with less aggressive symptoms than Major Depression. Symptoms include depressed mood and a loss of pleasure and interest in activities that would normally be enjoyable, experienced for at least 2 weeks at a time.
  • Atypical Depression – This subtype of depression is categorized by typical signs of depression followed by short-lived stints of improved mood due to, for example, a stimulating event.
  • Dysthymia – Characterized by an overpowering yet chronic state of depression, this is exhibited by a depressed mood for the majority of days in a period of at least 2 years.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – This type of depression comes and goes with the fall and winter seasons or frequent cloudy or cold days.
  • Bipolar Disorder – Also referred to as Manic-Depressive Illness, Bipolar Disorder is characterized by fluctuating mood changes. This can swing between emotional highs (often called mania) to severe lows (depression), recurrently with periods of stabilized emotions in between.

Signs & Symptoms of Depression

Common signs of depression include the following:

  • Issues with sleep – Many people suffering with depression often lie in bed unable to sleep at night, while others find it extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning. In any case, issues with sleep are a common symptom of depression.
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities – People suffering with depression often avoid activities that once brought them great joy. For example, a person who once enjoyed going out dancing may stay in. Interests, from music to films to books, may no longer be of interest to a person suffering with depression.
  • Change in appetite – While some people overeat when they are feeling depressed, others may stop eating because they simply are no longer concerned with physical well-being.
  • Irritability – Depression often manifests impatience, increased touchiness, and grumpiness over minor issues.
  • Dark Thoughts – A person suffering with depression may develop an increased interest in death and other pessimistic topics.
  • Lack of concentration – In many cases, people suffering with depression will seem slower when completing activities and find it more difficult to concentrate on any one thing for too long.

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The Relationship Between Depression & Addiction

Depression can lead to substance abuse if the affected person tries to self-medicate, finding brief relief in a high. But in the long run, drug use can worsen depression and cause a whole host of co-occurring mental and physical health disorders. This is because of the effect drugs have on the brain and body. Using drugs directly influences parts of the brain that are responsible for stimulating mood function, and certain drugs can actually trigger a gene that is connected to depression.

Seeking professional treatment for depression is the most effective step toward recovery. Each case is different and depression rehab is customized as such to help the patient learn to cope with their triggers. In severe cases, the doctor may prescribe antidepressants. In other cases, individual therapy sessions are recommended as a way to get to the root causes and address those issues. When a dual diagnosis is present, it is imperative to treat both the substance abuse and depression simultaneously in order to achieve long-term recovery.

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Types of Treatment Available for Depression

If you believe you are suffering with depression, Destination Hope offers multiple types of treatment at our all-women rehab center to begin the healing process and start enjoying life again.

Inpatient Programs

Destination Hope is one of the top residential treatment centers for women in South Florida. The goal of our residential treatment facility is to ensure that each woman entering our care receives the individual attention she needs for recovery while living on-site. We offer women’s inpatient rehab programs in 30/60/90-day increments.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs are a treatment option that enables those in recovery to continue therapies on a part-time, yet intensive, schedule. Patients must attend regularly scheduled sessions for treatment and counseling. The intensive outpatient programs are designed to accommodate family and career obligations.

Dual Diagnosis

Treatment for a co-occurring disorder requires a variety of methods. Along with treating chemical dependency, for example a substance use disorder with alcohol, women will also receive treatment for their mental health disorder. Group therapy and individual counseling will focus on the depression as well as the substance abuse.