Feeling down or sad is a normal part of life, but when the bad days begin to pile up and you have trouble remembering the last time you felt truly happy, there might be something more serious going on. If you have a persistently low mood that you can’t seem to shake, you could be suffering from depression. Depression is a mental health disorder that affects your emotions and makes it difficult to enjoy life to the fullest, but with treatment, it can get better.
At First Responder Wellness, we know how difficult it can be to live with depression. Our goal is to help law enforcement, firefighters, EMT’s, dispatch, corrections and other public safety professionals treat their mental health symptoms so they can get back to doing what they love. Our culturally competent clinical team will help you get back on track and build a strong foundation for lasting recovery.
Although we all feel down sometimes, depression is much more than simply having a bad day. Depression is a chronic mood disorder that permeates every aspect of life, causing intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and apathy. These symptoms are so severe that it’s often difficult to just get out of bed, let alone find the motivation to go to work, be social or manage daily responsibilities. During a depressive episode, harmful and negative thoughts take over and can persist for days or weeks, depending on the kind of depression you experience.
Although most of us experience many of these symptoms at some point in our lives, they usually aren’t severe enough to interfere with our ability to function. Depression can be debilitating and often requires professional help or guidance to overcome; otherwise, it may lead to worsening symptoms and an increased risk of substance use or self-harm.
Despite being one of the most common mental health disorders, depression is still stigmatized, and many avoid seeking help for this reason. The consequences of untreated depression can be severe and may include a greater chance of developing a co-occurring Alcohol or substance use disorder. Nearly one-third of individuals with depression also struggle with alcohol or substance misuse, but whether this occurs from changes in the brain or self-medication isn’t clear.
At First Responders Wellness, our programs have been carefully designed to address the full scope of each client’s physical, emotional and mental health needs to ensure comprehensive mental health care. During their time in treatment, clients have an opportunity to explore their depression and establish effective strategies for managing symptoms, triggers and more. Since first responders are regularly exposed to dangerous and disturbing situations, we also focus on helping clients develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, trauma and other difficult feelings.
We understand that there is more than one path to wellness, so our treatment plans are highly individualized and tailored toward the unique needs of first responders. Our goal is to help each client manage their mental health symptoms and create a strong foundation for lasting improvement.
If you or a loved one is a first responder struggling with mental and behavioral health concerns, First Responder Wellness is here to help. Our clients receive treatment with our culturally competent treatment team. Contact us today or call 888-443-4898 to learn more about our programs so you can start a journey to a happy and healthy life.