A recent survey published in February of 2023 by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that at least 29% of adults in Delaware experienced symptoms of depression or anxiety. A year before that, 137 Delaware residents lost their lives to suicide. Depression is widespread in Delaware culture, and at SUN Behavioral Health, we’re hoping to change that.
Our dedicated team of professionals understands the profound impact depression can have on your life. We believe in the power of personalized care, tailoring our approach to meet your unique needs and circumstances. Our depression treatment at SUN Behavioral Delaware is designed to heal our community – one person at a time.
A diagnosis of depression goes far beyond what most people think of as “sad” or “unmotivated”. Depression is a complex medical condition that is characterized by constant feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. Those who are managing depression have little to no interest in activities that bring them joy. They may have trouble maintaining relationships or a steady job. Depression can also cause suicidal thoughts and ideations, which are dangerous when left untreated.
The cause of depression varies from person to person. Each individual is unique in their physiology, traumas, and environment. Here are a few things that research has linked to depression:
At SUN Behavioral Delaware, we treat depression on an individualized level. We know healing is not possible if the root cause of depression isn’t addressed, which is why we work with our patients on how to identify their triggers and practice healthy coping strategies. Depression is treatable. No one needs to feel this way forever.
Depression doesn’t come in a “one size fits all” package. There are different kinds of depression, and some people may have more than one. Some of the most common types of depression include:
Different types of depression require different treatment approaches, but all types can be treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of both. SUN Behavioral Delaware provides comprehensive care for all types of depression, regardless of whether someone has been managing it for a few months or several years.
Someone who is experiencing depression may experience one (or many) of the following symptoms:
The symptoms of depression can become serious. Many times, a beloved friend or family member might “seem” fine when they’re really fighting an internal battle. Checking in with the people you love and encouraging them to seek treatment if needed is a great step forward.
To reach a diagnosis of depression, the clinical staff at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware conducts an in-depth assessment of each patient. We look at the emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral symptoms before making a diagnosis.
If and when you are diagnosed with depression – congratulations. This is a big step forward because it opens up doors to treatment and resources that could potentially save your life. Many of depression’s symptoms can feel like they’re impossible to deal with. They can interfere with your ability to live the life you want, set goals, or experience joy. It doesn’t need to be this way forever.
Treatment for depression at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware includes inpatient and intensive outpatient programs, as well as partial hospitalization and crisis care services. Our inpatient program (IP) is the most intensive level of care. You would move into our facilities for in-depth treatment. A step-down from that is a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that would provide you with care during the day. We also offer group and individual therapy that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and alternative treatments like music therapy classes, pet therapy, art therapy, and more. After treatment, our team will help you develop a wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) that creates daily tasks for maintaining mental health, crisis plans, and post-crisis plans.
Additionally, we offer crisis care services, meaning we offer mental health support 24 hours a day. Our team works alongside hospitals, doctors, schools, and social service agencies to stabilize and treat patients.
Genetics, environment, chronic stress or medical issues, and trauma can all be risk factors or causes of depression.
Depression can impact anyone regardless of age, gender, or social standing. It tends to impact those who have a family history of depression, have experienced trauma, or manage chronic stress or health problems the most. Those with the risk factors for depression should take care of their mental health and reach out to friends, family, or their physician if they begin to experience the symptoms or side effects of depression.
Depression can feel like a lonely road, but the staff at SUN Delaware is filled with people who care and want to see you succeed. If you or someone you love is managing depression, don’t let yourself believe it’s permanent. Depression is fully treatable. If you or someone you love is interested in depression treatment at SUN Behavioral Delaware, call us today at 302-604-5600. A previous mental health diagnosis is not required to receive help from SUN.