Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
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Mental Health and Wellness

Depression Treatment in San Diego

Treatment for major depressive disorder, also called Clinical Depression, can be complicated. At Solara Mental Health, we fully understand how debilitating depression can be. For over a decade, we have observed this condition in hundreds of clients who have come to us for help.

Our San Diego psychiatric facility’s clinical team has extensive experience and broad expertise that enables us to provide the most effective available treatment for depression. We utilize the most current research and healing practices for the most successful outcomes.

Our Depression Treatment Program

Solara MentalHealth recognizes that depression is not experienced in the same way by everyone.  There is a broad spectrum of depressive symptoms, which is why we create highly personalized treatment plans and procedures to address each individual’s specific needs.

We utilize multiple treatment modalities, including individual therapy, small group therapy, holistic therapies, and medication management when appropriate.  The American Psychiatric Association has reported that a combination of psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs (when possible) is the most effective means of treating Major Depressive Disorder.  By providing a full spectrum of therapeutic services, we are able to treat each individual’s unique depressive condition.

Through our mental health treatment center’s program, our clients realize a significant improvement in symptom reduction and global well-being almost immediately upon participation in our program.

Definition of Depression

Major Depressive Disorder is a tragic and dangerous illness, but it is also highly treatable.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that  less than 50% of people who suffer from depression receive treatment.  This is partially due to the unfair stigma that has been attached to depression over the years.  Another contributing factor is that people in the midst of depressive despair are often unable or unwilling to reach out to others for help.

While major depressive disorder is among the more common mental health disorders, it is also among the most deadly.  This is due to the hopelessness and despair that it causes. Depression interferes with relationships, productivity, sleep, activity, and almost every other aspect of the lives of those who suffer from it.

Depression is caused by multiple contributors, including genetic, biochemical, environmental, and other factors.  These factors can cause emotional, cognitive, and physical instability.

Symptoms of Depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness
  • Reduction or complete loss of interest in relationships, interests, activities and so on, which were formally enjoyable
  • Significant increase or decrease in sleep
  • Fatigue, listlessness and general loss of energy
  • Irritability or anger
  • Memory problems and general slowness in cognitive function
  • Unwarranted feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite, including both overeating or under eating
  • Suicidal thoughts

Major Depressive Disorder creates a total lack of desire to participate in typical, healthy life interactions and activities.  This makes a depressive person withdraw even further from their friends and family members, thereby cheating themselves out of the experiences necessary to lead a healthy, happy life.  This downward cycle of isolation and suffering increasingly aggravates the symptoms of depression.

Types of Depression

Everyone experiences depression differently.  Similarly, the symptoms of clinical depression can vary on a case by case basis.  There are various sub-categories of depression that are differentiated by specific characteristics.  Some of these types of depression are:

Anxious Distress — This is a type of depression that is coupled with anxiety.  People who suffer from anxious distress are unusually restlessness.  Often they are concerned about possible future outcomes and worry about things that are beyond their control.

Mixed Features — Sufferers of this type of depression have coinciding feelings of depression and mania.  Similar to the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, people who suffer from this often have an elevated sense of self-esteem.  Some notable characteristics of this is high energy and increased talkativeness.

Melancholic Features — This type of depression is characterized by severe hopelessness and despair.  Sufferers of this form of depression will lose all interest in things that would normally bring them pleasure.  Melancholy is typically at its worst during the early morning hours, or upon waking up.  Some typical symptoms of this form of depression are feelings of guilt, agitation, and sluggishness.

Atypical Features — People who exhibit depression with atypical features can be temporarily cheered up certain people, events, or outcomes.  Some common characteristics of this form are increased appetite, excessive need for sleep, and a sensitivity to rejection.

Psychotic Features — This form of depression is characteristically accompanied by visual or auditory hallucinations.  People who suffer from this are often preoccupied with delusions and lament over their own shortcomings or become obsessive over other negative thoughts.

Catatonia — People suffering from this form of depression have uncontrollable or purposeless movement.  Some patients have a  stationary, inflexible posture and are barely able to move.

Peripartum Onset — This is a type of depression that affects women before and after pregnancy.  Prepartum depression occurs during pregnancy, while postpartum occurs after the child has been delivered.

Seasonal Pattern — People who suffer from this type of depression are characterized by their sensitivity to sunlight.  A common form of this is seen in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) where a person becomes depressed in winter and fall.  However, a seasonal pattern of depression can occur at any season change.

Recovery from Depression

The good news is that there is hope for healing. Through proper professional treatment in a healing-conducive environment, individuals can learn to manage their symptoms, regain emotional and mental stability, and experience all that life is in a healthy way.

Solara Mental Health provides this major depression treatment and setting. Our residences at Pacific Beach provide the ideal experience for treatment for depression in all its forms. We provide a private and highly supportive refuge from the stress and struggle of everyday life.  This gives our clients the time, space, and direction they need to focus entirely on healing.

In our beautifully appointed, private residences and adjacent clinical offices, patients can identify and understand the difficult emotions caused by depression.  Our mental health treatment center provides an entirely safe, supportive setting that is monitored by highly trained, experienced, and caring professionals who understand debilitating depression.

While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, major depression is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment center has learned how to provides the entire spectrum of care for our clients.  From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our clients from the clutches of major depression.

If you or a family member are suffering from depression contact us now to start the healing process.

What Our Clients Are Saying


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed
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