Where and how to treat depression so that the effectiveness is high as a result, and time and money are not wasted? What to prefer – outpatient treatment or hospital?
As a rule, most people suffering from this ailment, or their relatives, face a similar choice if the depressive disorder is not mild, but moderate or severe. Many more probably remember the times when in a number of even state psychiatric clinics there were “depressive” departments, specializing precisely in this spectrum of disorders, and after a course of therapy there was supposed to be further treatment of depression in a sanatorium. The conditions of the sanatorium are especially good if the environment familiar to a person is, for example, a stressful source; when the convalescent is faced with numerous duties and concerns at home , which will not give an opportunity to take a break and recuperate.
Alas, today not every local budget can maintain such a structural unit, and often there is simply nowhere to treat depression with high quality. But the problem becomes really acute if we pay attention to statistics, for example, the causes of suicides: most of them occur precisely during the period of exacerbation or continuous chronic course of depression.
Thus, some features of the course of the disease can be a direct indication that the patient can be under the care and constant attention of specialists. We do not mean here at all the indispensable requirement of placing a person close to you in the “usual” department of a psychiatric hospital. In milder forms, treatment of depression in a sanatorium is often sufficient . Of course, provided that it will imply the organization of adequate treatment based on reliable diagnostic results. Actually, the hospital of a private psychiatric clinic is more like a comfortable sanatorium, and not at all gloomy premises of large psychiatric hospitals, as we are used to imagining them . Comfortable single rooms, individual menu, clean country air, leisure activities, and, of course , a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Of course, it is up to the patient or his relatives to decide on the conditions and form of treatment for depression, but all our experience shows that, firstly, the therapy itself should be preceded by a thorough diagnosis, which is more comfortable to do in inpatient / sanatorium conditions. After all, some types of tests, for example, blood, require special conditions: a ban on food and water intake the day before, on physical activity. Yes , and if we talk about the process of the treatment of depression, then again , it is better if the patient will be able to be (at least initially) in constant contact with doctors. (Treatment of depression in the hospital of our clinic involves the interaction of doctors of several specialties with the patient, if the patient’s condition requires it: psychiatrist, psychotherapist, endocrinologist, clinical psychologist, neurophysiologist, etc.). And some medical procedures (for example, light therapy sessions ) are best done immediately after waking up in the morning.
Treatment of depression in a sanatorium allows you to:
- quickly restore a normal level of activity, good mood and return a person to a full life;
- provide all the conditions necessary for the treatment of depression: staff, diagnostics and regular medical procedures in full;
- prevent or eliminate the risk of suicidal intentions and behavior by starting full treatment on time.