It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of adults in the United States have some type of anxiety disorder and that 21 million American adults have had at least one major depressive episode.
Depression is defined as a persistently unhappy mood or sadness that is accompanied with a loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities. Not only does it affect one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, but it can also interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks, thus significantly reducing your quality life.
An anxiety disorder, on the hand, is a state of excessive or all-consuming fear and worry – even when there is no immediate threat. It often manifests itself in specific psychical signs that may include rapid breathing, a quickened heart rate, and sudden sweating.
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or both, it is a serious problem that can disrupt all aspects of your life, and, if left untreated, can threaten your overall health and safety. This is why finding a treatment facility to treat your condition is vital.
What To Look For In a Depression/Anxiety Treatment Center
While there are numerous programs and facilities that include depression and anxiety in the list of conditions they treat, few use evidence-based practices or have a team of clinicians who are appropriately trained in this specific area. Here are several ways to find a treatment center that can provide effective and personalized mental health care:
- Look for a treatment center where patients tend to have similar presenting issues as yours. The facility should serve patients with a wide range of challenges besides depression and anxiety disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), insomnia and sleep disorders, mood regulation/bipolar disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and self-esteem/body image issues.
- Focus on a center that provides CBT and ERP therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of exposure and response prevention (ERP) wherein a patient gradually confronts their fears, worries, or situations to learn that these do not produce the negative outcome they believe will occur. A clinician who supports ERP can provide education about depression and anxiety, including their impact on your body and senses, in such a way that you understand based on your cognitive functioning.
- Choose a treatment center that provides individualized treatment plans. The center should have a system in place that provides the patient and their family access to a specific, individualized initial treatment plan that it developed upon admission and based on information gathered during the admissions process. Once you begin treatment, a master treatment plan that includes goals and objectives should be created and updated as necessary based on your progress in treatment.
- Make sure the treatment facility has an integrated team approach. A clinically suitable depression/anxiety treatment center must follow best practices and offer a multi-disciplinary team working together to monitor and document your treatment, while communicating and coordinating with one another on a regular basis.
Depression/Anxiety Treatment Center in Denver and Lakewood, Colorado
At Denver Wellness Associates, we understand how difficult it can be deciding to seek mental health care – let alone search and find a provider whom you like, trust, and respect. That’s why we go the extra mile to make the process easier for you by not only providing the highest quality, comprehensive care, but also offering in-person, as well as telehealth appointments. We are also contracted with most major medical insurance companies.
If you have a mental health issue or concern that medication or psychiatric treatment can help with, you owe it to yourself to contact Denver Wellness Associates, in Denver and Lakewood, Colorado, by calling or texting us at (720) 724-3668, emailing us at email@example.com, or requesting an appointment now.