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Depression

  • Depression Treatment

    Depression is not a character flaw and is as serious a medical condition as diabetes. A mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, depression can lead to other emotional and physical problems that cannot be stopped through will power or pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.

    Belmont’s multidisciplinary staff performs thorough examinations of each patient to formulate an individual treatment plan. We offer:

    • Individual and group therapies to promote healing and understanding.
    • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for patients who also exhibit an extreme personality disorder.
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – teaches patients how their thoughts affect their feelings and behaviors
    • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) – teaches patients how their relationships with friends and family positively or negatively impacts their inner lives
    • Behavioral activation – patients are encouraged to seek out and restart activities they have lost interest in
    • 12-step recovery groups for patients who are also exhibiting substance abuse problems.
    • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group which family members are also encouraged to participate in.
    • Family involvement. Family members are encouraged to join in the therapy options to better understand depression and to support the patient during their hospital stay and aftercare.
    • Anti-depressants may be used in conjunction with mood stabilizers and atypical agents (antipsychotics).
    • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in cases where symptoms are resistant to treatment.

    The most important thing you can do if you or someone you care about suffers from depression is to seek help.

    Depression Diagnosis

    Belmont utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to diagnosis symptoms as depression. If your physician suspects this disorder, a laboratory test will be conducted to rule out organic causes for depression.

    Addictions or Substance Abuse treatment is available for patients who suffer from depression and substance abuse.

    Depression Symptoms 

    Depression affects over one in five adults over the course of their lifetimes, making it the most common mental health problem in the United States.

    Triggers of episodes of depression:

    • Biological imbalances in the brain
    • Life stressors, such as divorce

    Read about the different of depression types. Signs to watch for include:

    • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
    • Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities or hobbies
    • Irritability or frustration over small problems
    • Losing or gaining weight
    • Sleeping difficulties — either sleeping too much or too little
    • Feeling exhausted and fatigued
    • Lack of energy
    • Not being able to concentrate and distractibility
    • Feeling like a failure
    • Thinking about death and suicide a lot
    • Frequent crying
    • Physical problems, such as nausea, headaches and digestive disorders
    • Lack of interest in sex

    A person with depression is at high risk for suicide, so it is important to watch out for warning signs.

    National organizations that offer information about depression.

    Locations

    Mood Disorders Unit location

    Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, Pa 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357)
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    Visiting Hours
    Monday to Friday: 4 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Weekends and holidays: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Inpatient treatment for mood disorders

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    1-800-220-HELP (4357) 
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    Outpatient offices for mood disorder treatment

    Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357) 
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    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-456-9850 
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    Einstein Center One
    9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-827-1520 
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    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    Offices 28 and 29, Second Floor West
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027
    215-456-9850 
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    Belmont Behavioral Health Northeast (BNE)
    10360 Drummond Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
    215-632-6400 
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    Germantown Community Health Services
    Suite 136
    One Penn Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    215-951-8121 
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    Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization

    Belmont Behavioral Health Northeast (BNE)
    10360 Drummond Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19154
    215-632-6400 
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    1.800.220.4357

    Accreditation & Partnerships



    Belmont Behavioral Health Seal

    Joint commission gold seal


    Licenses

    • Department of Health (DOH)
    • Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
    • Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure (DDAPL)
    • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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