In the vast number of cases, depression can most effectively be treated by turning the depression back into anger, and letting the anger go. This does not mean anger management. If the goal is to manage, not get rid of, the anger, then managing anger means causing depression to take its place, since remember, depression is anger turned inside. The job of therapy or counseling is to uncover the reasons for the depression (where the anger came from) and eliminate the anger. This is a specialized skill, but one with which SouthCoast Recovery is well equipped to handle.
The basic issue is to have therapists, counselors and staff who do not overreact to anger, and who can teach you how to let the anger out safely. There are a variety of ways to do this. Again, it does not mean managing the anger, but getting rid of it. We believe that people are born with the drive to be the best they can be, and if nothing impeded that growth, (such as verbal, physical or sexual abuse) people would grow up to be the very best they can be. However, ninety percent or more of people have issues that impede their growth. Your subconscious has the answers to what you need to work through to get well, and all that needs to happen is to ask the subconscious what events need to be processed. This does not involve hypnosis, but is simply asking a part of your brain to help you heal. It is not mysterious, and in fact is simple.
The memories may be scary, but whatever happened in your life, you lived through it, and you can live through the memories so we can process and get rid of the anger. It sounds simple, and is not really as complicated as most believe. The risk is allowing yourself to remember the hurt, and being in competent hands to process the feelings. It is not enough to remember abuse, because that merely re-traumatizes the client. Instead, the abuse is remembered, the feelings processed and completed, with resultant drops in depression. Ultimately, there is happiness as the depression leaves.
Happiness is being content with who you are and what you are doing all the time. That is not possible without getting the anger, hurt and fear out. That is the job of SouthCoast Recovery. To do it, you need counselors or therapists who are not afraid or uncomfortable around anger, rage, even sadness. That is the kind of staff we have.
If you look at a scale of mental health, with suicide at the bottom, and happiness at the top, it appears that in order to reach happiness from major depression, suicidal thoughts, and so forth, certain stages have to be gotten through. The first stage is depression, right down there by suicidal thoughts. Depression is feeling awful and not knowing why. Next on the scale is sadness. This is feeling awful but at least you know why. Memories are no longer repressed and sadness comes in realizing why you were depressed. Third moving up to happiness is rage, being angry generalized, but without specifics. Anger is next, when you have anger, but you understand why. When that anger is relieved, happiness is the result.
Obviously, if you are moving up the scale towards happiness, not down towards suicide, the risk of suicide becomes less and less an issue. Once the rage and anger is reached, suicide is not an option, because hope has replaced helplessness.
Unfortunately, there are not many places available, which are financially in sight, to treat and cure depression. Generally depressed people feel awful, become suicidal or nearly so, and are sent to a hospital. Hospitals in general are not set up for treatment, only symptom relief. Therefore you are medicated, until you are unable to think, about suicide or anything else, and then released. This service costs thousands of dollars a day, but does not really treat depression, only applies a band aide.
At SouthCoast Recovery, our goal is to treat and cure the depression, not with a medication regime, but with therapy getting rid of the anger and hurt. This is done in-group and individual sessions, in a protected (not locked) setting, where cure of depression is the goal. The treatment is longer than in a psychiatric hospital (usually one to three months), but you leave without depression, rather than with a ton of anti-depressants that mask the symptoms. SouthCoast Recovery “California drug rehab center” focuses on the problem, depression, rather than medicating you into a tolerable state. The goal is always to find happiness. If not, why bother? At SouthCoast Recovery depression treatment, we understand the pain and suffering that can make it tough to get help from Depression. Depression often causes many serious physical and psychological problems that can cause people to be dangerous to themselves or others if not properly cared for. Our knowledgeable staff can help those fighting Depression to overcome their unique challenges in a safe, structured environment.