Psychotic Major Depression

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The Authentic Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment facility located in Southern California. For many people, just the term psychotic major depressive disorder is extremely scary. However, the condition is simply an illness and just like many other medical conditions, psychotic major depression is completely treatable. This section of the website is designed to educate people in order to establish a platform of understanding for both the definition of psychotic major depression and the treatment methods available for this condition in the dual diagnosis rehabilitation setting.

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One of the unique aspects of the treatment process at the Authentic Recovery Center is the comprehensive nature of the clinical services we offer to program participants. As with many co-occurring conditions, the best treatment method for psychotic major depressive disorder is usually an ongoing process. In other words, having multiple levels of care allows people who suffer from this condition to have ongoing support as they move forward in the recovery process. Successful treatment for dual diagnosis issues sometimes happens rapidly but in general effective treatment takes time. This section of the website outlines some of the therapy methods we implement in the treatment for psychotic major depression, as well as answering the question, “What is psychotic major depression?”

What is Psychotic Major Depression?

Psychotic major depression is a subtype of major depressive disorder and ischaracterized by features that include delusions, beliefs, or feelings which are not based in fact or supported by evidence. In some situations, psychotic major depression is “mistaken” for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or other psychotic disorders. This is primarily due to the delusional state that may accompany the episodic nature of the illness. In a 2005 study, it was estimated that approximately one in every 250 people exhibit signs and symptoms associated with the substantiated diagnosis of psychotic major depression. So despite the stigma attached to the term “psychotic”, this form of mental illness is quite common. The most successful treatment methods for psychotic major depressives is often a combination of antidepressants and antipsychotics, but due to the biological and organic features of the illness there are also new innovative treatments being attempted. One of these is methods is neurofeedback, although clinical trials have not yet shown comprehensive evidence that this modality alone is able to consistently reduce the symptomology associated with the condition.

Complex Definition of Psychotic Major Depression:

Psychotic major depression is essentially a severe form of major depression which is a subtype of mood disorder. The most common characteristics of people with this condition are mild to moderate delusional manifestations. These may include; beliefs or feelings which are untrue, or based on unsupported “evidence”, delusions of guilt, paranoid delusions, concerns that individuals are attempting to persecute them, concerns that individuals are paying heightened attention to them, sensations of being punished by life for past deeds and being overly responsible for events or problems that have not direct relationship to the afflicted. Other characteristics may include; states of agitation, difficulty falling asleep, and frequent waking during the night. Additionally, people with this condition often express that something is terribly wrong with them physically, although nothing actually is. Occasionally, the illness is related to auditory hallucinations and this population runs a higher risk of suicide than people with other non-psychotic depressive disorders. Psychotic major depression is treatable in the proper facility and often requires the assistance of chemical intervention in the form of a combination of antidepressants and antipsychotics. Usually, the best course of treatment for this illness is in a residential setting, with ongoing clinical treatment options that encourage less structure and support as time goes one.

Psychotic Major Depression Initially Requires the Support of Residential Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Although the Authentic Recovery Center offers multiple inpatient and outpatient options, most people that require treatment for psychotic major depression will almost always need to undergo our inpatient program before they can qualify for outpatient treatment services. However, if a patient has been through another residential program, they may meet the criteria for our outpatient program. If you need help determining where to begin the treatment process for psychotic major depression, we suggest you call to speak with one of our dual diagnosis counselors by calling 1 877 415 4673 today.

Can Drug Addiction or Drug Abuse Result in Psychotic Major Depression Symptoms?

For many people that know a love one who is abusing or addicted to stimulate drugs, the definition of psychotic major depression sounds very familiar. This is because drug addiction and drug abuse can lead to symptoms that look like psychotic major depression. However, this does not mean your loved one is actually suffering from psychotic depressive disorder. Treatment and therapy for someone that exhibits signs of the disorder as a result of addiction or drug abuse is different than treatment for someone who is actually experiencing the condition from a non-chemically induced organic state. The key to successfully treating either scenario is to enroll in a qualified dual diagnosis treatment center like the Authentic Recovery Center. If you would like to speak with us about the rehabilitation options we offer, or would like to find local dual diagnosis treatment facilities in your area, then call 1 877 415 4673 now.

Call to Conduct a Free Assessment to Determine if the Authentic Recovery Center is Right for You

Our treatment center is one of the most sought after dual diagnosis programs in the United States. However, we recognize that our facility is not right for everyone. If you would like to ask us questions about treatment for psychotic major depression or would simply like to find out more about our Southern California treatment options, call 1 877 415 4673 now. Our credentialed staff will be happy to conduct a free assessment or support you to evaluate your options by helping you locate dual diagnosis programs in your area.

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