Depression Treatment for Veterans
Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Not only is it common amongst the public in the US, but it is also very common among veterans.
About 1 in 3 of the veterans who visit the VA have symptoms of depression. 1 in 5 veterans display depression symptoms that need further evaluation to see if they have major depression. 1 in 8 to 10 have major depression and require psychotherapy and/or medication as a form of treatment.
Depression is one of the leading mental health conditions in the military. In Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, military medical facilities discovered an increase in depression rates after deployment.
Solara Mental Health in San Diego is able to contract with VA insurance (TriWest), allowing us to provide affordable depression treatment services to veterans in need. With authorization Solara can provide transportation to and from its facilities, provide housing, and other accommodations to service veterans with quality treatment programs.
Although there is no one answer for the cause of a mental illness like depression, depression can be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Genetics – Depression can be caused by abnormal or impaired brain chemistry. Depression is more likely to occur in individuals who have a relative who suffers from depression.
Environmental factors – Stressors, life’s challenges, and challenging situations can be linked to people with depression but not everyone who goes through something challenging will develop depression.
Exposures before birth – Exposure to drugs, toxic materials, medical conditions and stressors may contribute to depression in the womb.
Veterans become more at risk for depression when they are in active duty due to the environmental factors of war.
Depression symptoms and signs can vary depending on the individual and there is a wide variety of symptoms.
Examples of Depression symptoms:
- Feeling sad, guilt
- Irritability, restlessness, or loss of interest in activities
- Suicidal thinking
- Low energy and changes in sleep or weight
- Trouble with concentrating, decision making, or remembering
Depression occurs more frequently in people who have certain risk factors, but this list is not comprehensive and not everyone who experiences these risks will develop depression.
Risk factors for Depression include:
- History of abuse or neglect
- Limited healthy relationships
- Traumatic experiences
- Chronic medical conditions
- History of mental illness in a relative
- Substance abuse
- Loss of a loved one
Along with the risk factors listed above, veterans have an additional risk of developing depression due to the military environment. Veterans while in active duty are removed from their loved ones and support systems. Active duty can act as a catalyst for depression because military members may see themselves or others get hurt.
Depression treatment can be vital to the individual’s recovery from their mental illness. Typical treatments for depression include therapy and medication when appropriate.
At Solara Mental Health we utilize four different therapies to help treat depression symptoms:
- Individual therapy – A one-to-one session with a therapist that is a type of psychotherapy to help guide the veteran to a better understanding of themselves and their depression.
- Psychotherapy (talk therapy) – This type of therapy is used to help patients adopt behavioral changes and develop coping skills
- Small group therapy – Group therapy can help the veteran not feel alone, find their voice, and give and receive support.
- Holistic therapies – These therapies are used to help veterans with their overall health and promote lasting healing from their depression. We offer yoga, meditation, acupuncture, horticulture, and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
Solara Mental Health also offers medication management when appropriate to treat depression. A licensed Psychiatrist and his staff review and evaluate each medication prescribed in order to make sure the veteran is taking the most effective medication for their depression. We treat the medication management process as a collaborative effort between the medical team and the veteran to achieve freedom from depression symptoms.
Transportation, Housing, & Accommodations for Vets
Solara Mental Health is able to provide transportation to and from its facilities in San Diego, CA for most of the TriWest covered states.
Along with transportation, Solara can provide long-term housing at its beautiful Pacific Beach, San Diego residences that are close to the depression treatment center. These housing accommodations can be provided for both inpatient and outpatient treatment that may follow inpatient treatment.
Veterans may remain in housing for as many weeks or months as the VA insurance authorizes. We often find that the VA authorizes a considerable length of stay, allowing us the ability to provide quality treatment for the amount of time needed to heal and recover.
View our facilities in Pacific Beach to get a preview of what you might expect when choosing Solara Mental Health as your care provider.
Veteran Depression Treatment in San Diego
Our mental health treatment center in San Diego focuses on giving a supportive environment where veterans can feel safe. Private residences and adjacent clinical offices that are staffed with highly trained professionals contribute to the safe environment provided at our facility.
Here at Solara Mental Health we recognize that every veteran is unique and will need a personalized plan of treatment for their depression. We offer different types of psychotherapy and holistic therapies to best fit your needs.
Solara Mental Health is VA contracted as a community care provider to best help veterans with their mental health needs, including those who struggle with depression. We provide housing, transportation, and accommodations as long as it is authorized.
If you have any questions or want more information about our depression treatment programs at Solara Mental Health, contact us today.