Depression and Treatment for Depression


Depression, medically referred to as Major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mental disorder which has a significant negative impact on the lives of people who suffer from it. Typically depression involves an extremely low mood alongside a general lethargy and an inability to derive enjoyment from usually pleasurable activities. Although depression is extremely common throughout the world, affecting an estimated 4.3% of the global population, it still carries with it an unreasonable social stigma. Although medication can be used as a treatment for depression, antidepressants are generally only prescribed in persistent or sever cases. The most common form of treatment is psychotherapeutic in nature, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which we offer at Rites of Passage is generally considered to be the one of most effective option for treatment of depression.

The most common symptoms of depression are:

– Very negative mood

– Pessimism, feelings of hopelessness regarding the future

– Low self esteem

– Self hatred

– Preoccupation with negative thoughts

– Finding it difficult or impossible to derive pleasure from any aspect of life

– Insomnia or hypersomnia

– Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

– Reduced or increased appetite

Clearly the symptoms can be wide ranging, but they all relate to a persistent low mood. The causes of depression are still not fully understood, however doctors believe that a combination of social, psychological and biological factors are to blame. Many believe that the direct cause is low serotonin activity, which impairs proper functioning of the brain.

However it is also generally accepted that life events and thought patterns act as a trigger for low serotonin activity. This is why cognitive behavioral therapy is used so frequently, and successfully, as a treatment for depression. Besides CBT, the other opportunities afforded to young adults by Rites of Passage can also be extremely effective at fighting depression, reconnecting with nature, a reprieve from the stress of everyday living, and emotional development.

Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy provides expedition-based wilderness therapy programs for troubled adults, youth, teens and children who are struggling with a wide array of disorders and behavioral concerns. These wilderness therapy and long term care programs are designed to treat children, young adults and adults over 30 with issues such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, substance abuse, drug abuse, obesity health and wellness, etc. Rites of Passage offers camps for troubled youth, programs for troubled young adults, long term drug treatment programs, long term drug addiction programs, long term alcohol rehab treatment center, summer weight loss camp for teens, weight loss camp for teens, weight loss programs for kids, wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy programs, and more. We are proud to have helped people from all over the United States and internationally including California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Europe and Canada.