Treatment For Depression At Ohio Recovery Center

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on May 7, 2024

Depression is a common but serious mental health condition, and one that is highly treatable. Through the personalized, holistic approach at ORC, you can receive the evidence-based care, emotional support, and other resources you need for lasting recovery.

We all struggle with periods when we feel empty, insecure, lonely, or lost. But if you find that difficult experiences such as these are overwhelming you or lasting for extended periods, such as weeks or even months, it’s important to reach out and get the help you need.

You may be experiencing depression, a common but treatable mental health condition. Between 80% and 90% of people with depression respond well to treatments like talk therapy, counseling, and medication.

The comprehensive mental health program at Ohio Recovery Center can help you stabilize, get to the roots of your depression, learn essential coping strategies and other life skills, and achieve lasting recovery.

Major Depressive Disorder Treatment At Ohio Recovery Center

Ohio Recovery Center offers primary mental health treatment for major depressive disorder and other types of depression at our residential treatment facility.

We offer an alternative to a stay in a psychiatric hospital but also serve as a “step down” from this type of care, for people who need further live-in treatment before returning home. 

Our psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, therapists, and other clinicians provide a multidisciplinary approach to long-term recovery based on your individual needs and preferences.

ORC’s treatment approach includes:

  • a full mental health evaluation and assessment
  • stabilization services, if required
  • medication management, if required
  • psychotherapy in individual and group settings
  • depression support groups and other peer support
  • 24/7 care and support
  • wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, hiking, basketball and other sports, arts and crafts, and more
  • social activities such as karaoke, movie nights, game nights, and more
  • case management
  • aftercare planning

You’ll also find spacious, gender-specific cottages where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day, plus plenty of opportunities to explore our 55 acres of serene countryside, complete with a pond and fire pit.

Medication Management

Antidepressant medications, or mood stabilizers, work to rebalance the brain’s neurotransmitters to promote an improved sense of well-being.

FDA-approved antidepressants include:

  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), and escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), including duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor XR), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), and levomilnacipran (Fetzima)
  • atypical antidepressants, including trazodone, mirtazapine (Remeron), vortioxetine (Trintellix), vilazodone (Viibryd), and bupropion

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) may also be prescribed as second-line options, though these medications come with a higher risk of severe side effects.

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy, and other forms of individual or group therapy and counseling are proven to help people with depression. 

These therapies can help you understand your condition and develop new strategies to manage stress, counter negative thought patterns, and connect with others.

Other Treatment Options 

In addition to evidence-based treatments such as medication management, therapy, and support groups, holistic options can also help people achieve lasting recovery.

This includes mindfulness-based practices, such as meditation and yoga classes, as well as a regular exercise routine, whether it involves sports, hiking, gym classes, or some other form of physical activity. 

Finally, independent living training and education in other essential life skills benefit many people experiencing depression.

Learn More About Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder, also called clinical depression or just depression, can impact your eating, sleeping, work, and relationships. It occurs in children, teenagers, adults, and older adults alike.

Depression may be mild, moderate, or severe. In some cases, severe depression may cause you to feel or believe that life isn’t worth living, leading to thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts.

Types Of Depression

Depression comes in several forms, all of which are associated with a lowered or depressed mood.

Types of depression include:

  • persistent depressive disorder (PPD): a condition of mild or moderate depression lasting for at least two years, formerly referred to as dysthymia
  • seasonal depression/seasonal affective disorder (SAD): a form of depression involving symptoms, or a worsening of symptoms, during the winter months or other times of the year
  • prenatal and postpartum depression: major depressive episodes that occur during and after pregnancy, respectively
  • atypical depression: depression involving increased mood reactivity and a variety of other less-common symptoms
  • treatment-resistant depression: major depression that does not respond to standard treatment practices
  • depression related to substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and a wide variety of other mental or physical illnesses

Signs Of Depression

If you are experiencing depression, you or your loved ones may recognize some of the telltale signs. 

Signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • profound and lasting depressed mood
  • lack of energy and motivation
  • feelings of worthlessness
  • thoughts of death or self-harm
  • eating changes and weight gain or weight loss
  • sleep changes and sleeping too much or too little
  • loss of interest in hobbies and passions
  • headache, pain, sexual dysfunction, and other physical symptoms
  • difficulty with concentration and decision-making


The psychiatric team at ORC can provide or verify a diagnosis of depression. Mental health disorders are largely evaluated and diagnosed based on guidelines from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

According to the DSM-5, the latest edition, criteria for a depression diagnosis include persistent sadness and a profound loss of interest and/or self-esteem on most days for at least two weeks. 

Risk Factors

Having one or more risk factors for depression can increase your odds of experiencing depression in your lifetime.

Risk factors for depression include:

  • genetic factors/family history
  • traumatic or stressful life events
  • chronic pain/other serious health conditions
  • substance use

Between one in four and one in five Ohioans (22%) reported experiencing depression in 2021, according to research from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, which is just over the national rate of 20.5%.

However, Ohio’s young adults ages 18 to 24 were the age group with the highest level of diagnosed depression overall, at 29.5%.

Seek Treatment At Ohio Recovery Center

If you or your loved one may be living with untreated depression, please reach out to Ohio Recovery Center today for help.

  1. The American Psychiatric Association — What Is Depression?
  2. Health Policy Institute of Ohio — Trends in mental health among Ohioans
  3. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — Depression

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

Prefer Texting?
We've got you covered.

Receive 24/7 text support right away.
There is no obligation and you can opt out at any time.

Sign up for text support

Receive 24/7 text support right away.
There is no obligation and you can opt out at any time.
Let us walk you through the treatment process. We're here to help.
For 24/7 Treatment Help:
100% Free & Confidential. Call (419) 904-4158
(419) 904-4158