The PCH Approach to Depression
At PCH Treatment Center, our first line of treatment for depression and mood disorders is psychodynamic psychotherapy and aerobic exercise, along with exposure to a wide array of psychotherapeutic and holistic and activities. We have extensive experience treating mild to severe depression which frequently occurs in conjunction with anxiety and other psychological issues. Traditional treatment of depression often focuses primarily on medical management. PCH Treatment Center has a unique approach to treating depression: we work to optimize a person’s sleep habits, nutrition, exercise activities, relationships and work and family environments. We give our clients tools to help them manage their lives more effectively. Our psychiatrists evaluate each client’s medication regimen and adjust it accordingly. Often, when a client is in our treatment milieu, medications can be tapered or eliminated, as determined by our medical staff.
Each client, upon arriving at PCH Treatment Center, receives a thorough initial assessment. This assessment explores the client’s specific symptoms and the effect these symptoms have had on their day to day functioning. Interference with work, school, interpersonal relationships, and overall sense of well-being is common for a person suffering from depression. After admission, each client is evaluated by a member of our psychiatric team, to evaluate and optimize their medication regimen. Clients with depression are assigned to a specific program director and individual therapist; these clinicians have extensive experience treating depression and any co-occuring psychological issues that may exist. For example, most people suffering from depression have experienced a significant loss of some kind. It may be the loss of a love one, a relationship, a job or an experience of psychological or physical trauma. Many people with depression also suffer from moderate to severe anxiety. Trauma and personality issues may further contribute to the depression.