At our depression treatment center in Tukwila near Seattle, Washington, we are experts at working with individuals who have lost all hope that things will get better. We have helped many overcome their depression and once again find happiness in their lives.
What is late-onset depression?
Everyone feels blue from time to time, especially as the result of life changes such as the loss of a loved one or recent retirement. Men and women who experience persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness may be struggling with depression which is a serious mental disorder that affects approximately 15 out of every 100 people over the age of 65 in the United States. It’s important to remember that while some of the life events that trigger depression in older adults are common to that age bracket, such as grief after loss of a partner, diagnosis of a chronic medical condition, and placement in a retirement community, depression is not a normal part of aging. Sometimes older adults experience depression as a relapse of a previous depressive episode, while others may be confronted with their first ever episode of depression. It’s estimated that each year about 6 percent of people aged 65 and older (or about 2 million men and women) struggle with major depressive disorder.
It’s important that friends and families of older adults watch for signs of depression in their loved ones. Depression in older men and women should never be ignored as it can lead to disability, exacerbate other illnesses, and may – in extreme cases – lead to premature death or suicide. Depression is often ignored, unrecognized, and undertreated in the elderly as the symptoms may be unrecognized as depression and thought to be the result of medical problems or as grief related to the loss of loved ones. Many people mistake depression in older adults as dementia and the symptoms may be so intense that these older individuals cannot put into words the distress they feel and reach out for help from others.
Depression is very common in older adults in America; often as the result of the multiple chronic physical and interpersonal problems that plague this population of people. At Cascade Behavioral Health, we understand the unique challenges that older adults face and our compassionate care team of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and supportive staff will be beside you every step of the way as you seek care for your depression. Depression can leave you feeling isolated and alone. At Cascade, we’re ready to fill your future with happiness and hope.
Why seek inpatient treatment for depression for seniors at Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital
Depression can suck the life out of you, making you feel hopeless and worthless – as though your best years are behind you. After retirement, you may feel as though your life lacks purpose and may stop caring about getting out of bed each day. Plagued by chronic medical problems, you may feel as though your life is surrounded by misery. If you’ve lost your beloved partner, you may feel set adrift in a sea of loneliness and grief. It doesn’t have to be this way; if you’re struggling from late life depression, Cascade Behavioral Health is ready to help infuse you with hope toward a positive future full of love, laughter, and happiness.
At Cascade Behavioral Health, we know that you’re more than just symptoms of a diagnosis. You’re a person who’s lived an amazing life and we’re anxious to get to know the experiences you’ve had and what makes you unique. The amazing staff at Cascade has had decades of experience helping people just like you learn to manage the stressors and grief in your life, the challenges unique to older adults, and help you develop new ways in which you can view your world.
Treatment philosophy and benefits
At Cascade Behavioral Health, you’ll find health care experts, a state-of-the-art facility, and the latest in medical technologies as well as a genuinely compassionate and caring staff who want to take the time to get to know you. We want to get to know the real you, your struggles and victories, your challenges and your successes, your wants and needs, and what makes you unique. At Cascade Behavioral Health, we focus upon more than the symptoms of depression, we focus upon treating the whole you – mind, body, and spirit. Our holistic treatment center will help teach you the skills you need to live the life you want to have.
Treatment approaches for late-onset depression at Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital
When you come to us for help, you’ll first undergo a series of examinations to let us to gain a picture of how we can best help you overcome your challenges. Our medical evaluation will allow us to better understand and diagnose any medical problems you may be dealing with and begin to treat these conditions in order to best alleviate your suffering. Our psychological evaluations are geared toward the specific challenges that occur in later life and will let us best determine what mental disorders you may be struggling with. The information we glean from these evaluations will let us work alongside you to develop an individualized treatment plan so that we can best help you heal.
At Cascade Behavioral Health, we’ve learned through our decades of experience that the best way to manage depression is through a combination of therapies and medication. With the proper medication and therapies, nearly all individuals who struggle with depression are able to successfully recover and lead a happy and productive life. Medications, such as antidepressants and antianxiety agents are often used in the management of the symptoms of depression. Our treatment team will monitor you throughout your stay with us to ensure that your medications are working properly.
Individual therapy will be used to allow you some private time to discuss your challenges with a trained clinician. Sessions may focus upon coping with the grief of loss and the loss of independence that may come with aging. You’ll learn new ways to express your grief and channel it into more positive outlets.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to help discover the ways in which negative thoughts cause unhelpful behaviors. You’ll use CBT to learn the ways in which your thoughts affect your mood and behaviors.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy used to teach you ways to tolerate negative emotions and distress while balancing the acceptance of things that cannot be changed. This can help you move past negative experiences and allow you to focus on the future.
Cascade Behavioral Health is proud to offer a number of group therapy sessions each day that will allow you the opportunity to bond with other people who are struggling with similar challenges. This will allow you all to work together past challenges and learn new ways of coping with your depression. We offer process-based groups that will let you work through your challenges regarding specific topics related to your depression, such as medication and coping with stress.
Family is a vital part of recovery from depression and at Cascade Behavioral Health, we highly encourage the participation of your loved ones in your healing. We work with your loved ones to educate them about depression, recovery, and relapse prevention. We’ll also spend time locating community resources for you and your family to allow for additional healing.
Cascade Behavioral Health is a holistic treatment center that proudly offers experiential treatments in addition to standard therapeutic interventions to heal the whole you – mind, body, and spirit. These experiential therapies may include:
- A.A. and N.A.
- Spiritual therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
Continuing care – what comes next?
As the time for discharge approaches, you and your family will work with our discharge planning team to create an appropriate aftercare plan that meets all of your needs. Many of our clients opt to step down from our program into a structured outpatient program, such as a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Other people may find that they’ve made enough progress in our program that they’re ready to return to a stable living situation with referrals to outpatient therapy and available community resources. If you do not have a stable living situation to return to, we’ll work with local providers to determine the best possible placement.
Serving the Greater Seattle Area
Our location in Tukwila near Seattle, Washington allows for us to serve residents from all over the SeaTac region – including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Call us today to begin the process of recovering from suicidal thoughts.