Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects your entire everyday life — it affects your job, your time at home, your family and your loved ones — but it doesn’t need to go untreated. Overcoming depression is often complex, and requires a personalized approach to effectively treat it. If you don’t feel like you used to and think you might have depression or a depressive disorder, we're here to help.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. experiences a mood disorder during their lifetime. Depression is a serious mental health condition. It impacts a person's job, loved ones, social life, and future. It does much more than robbing your happiness. Depression is associated with a number of major health concerns, including an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, neurological problems, increased risk of alcohol and drug addiction, and suicide.

Pathways have several years of experience with successfully treating depressive disorders in adults, adolescents, and the elderly. We have helped many people recover from depression, and we will listen to what you want and need when we're developing a treatment plan for you.

If You Have Constant Feelings of Sadness and Hopelessness, You May be Suffering From a Depressive Disorder. Pathways Real Life Recovery is the Best Rehab for Depression in Utah.

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What is Depression?

Medical research has revealed that mood disorders are actual medical conditions. Once assumed to affect only the mind, we now know that depression is a disease that impacts the whole body at the cellular level, generating systemic stress that causes damage to the cells. The research findings have led to much more effective treatment, to alleviate the recurrent emotional and mental distress of depressed individuals and the serious health effects throughout the body.

Phases of depression can last from hours to months, depending on the individual’s condition. But, a common indicator of depression is a continued state (two weeks or longer) of sadness or loss of interest in favorite activities. Another gauge for determining the presence of depression disorder is the mal-effects on a person’s functioning at their workplace, school, or home, in social situations, and in other everyday interactions.

Symptoms and Warning Signs of Depression

Not everyone with depression will feel the same way or will go through the same things; everyone is different. However, many people will feel certain overlapping symptoms when going through depression. These symptoms might include constant or near-constant sadness and feelings of apathy or emptiness. You might feel removed from people and situations. You might deal with feelings of guilt, disgrace or worthlessness. You might realize that some of your favorite pastimes and hobbies no longer hold your interest like they used to. Furthermore, you might feel low in energy and lethargic — whether you’re over-sleeping or going through bouts of insomnia. 

Additional signs and symptoms included in assessments of depression include:

  • Poor concentration
  • Anger, irritability
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Anxiety
  • Sense of guilt
  • Feeling worthless
  • Suicidal thinking

If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime 24/7, and you'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.

The Types of Depression Disorders Treated at Pathways

At Pathways Real Life Recovery, our exceptional team of depression treatment professionals are experienced in successfully treating multiple types of mood disorders, including:

  • Major Depressive Disorder – also called clinical depression or major depression.
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder — Very violent episodes of behavior that is out of control.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (dysthymia) — Mild but ongoing state of depression.
  • Bipolar Disorders — A chronic condition of extreme highs and lows in moods and energy levels.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — Often begins in the fall, worsens in winter, and subsides in the springtime.
  • Cyclothymia — A rare condition of highs and lows of mood, though the alternating senses of elation and depression are not as extreme as in bipolar disorders I or II.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) — The person has a tendency to worry very frequently without any apparent reasons.
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) — Sometimes occurs in women following childbirth, and can be caused by the body’s hormone changes.
  • Others — Other types of mood disorders, sometimes due to medication use, illnesses, or other medical causes.

Bipolar Disorders and Bipolar Depression

To better understand depression and depressive disorders, let's look at some of the different kinds of depression that you can be diagnosed with. One type of depression is known as bipolar depression, and within the spectrum of bipolar depression lies bipolar depression I and II, as well as cyclothymia.

Bipolar depression I is a disorder characterized by intense mood swings and manic episodes or phases that interfere with your ability to function and interact with people. A manic episode or phase is defined as a time period where you feel high energy and excitement, and it is so intense that it disrupts your normal life. Manic episodes are typically followed by a time period of depression, which is sometimes called a depressive phase.

Bipolar depression II is not defined by manic episodes or phases for periods of time. Instead, bipolar disorder II is a disorder defined by hypomanic and depressive phases that cycle in and out. Hypomania symptoms include feeling over-confident, excited, energetic and of being talkative, but it is not as severe as full mania.

The time periods for these cycles and phases can last for hours, days, weeks or months — it all depends on the person.

Bipolar disorders are a chronic problem with over 3 billion cases per year in the United States alone. Many people with bipolar disorder feel like their normal lives are disrupted, but many may also have successful careers and relationships.

Living with bipolar disorder is a challenging and difficult thing to do. With effective treatment and a good support system, though, you can live life to its fullest and learn how to best manage your symptoms.

Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Postpartum depression (or PPD) is depression that occurs after a mother gives birth. There is no one cause or reason for postpartum depression, but psychologists have found that it can be caused by a hormonal change in the body — as estrogen and progesterone counts both drop after giving birth — as well as emotional issues such as stress. Postpartum depression symptoms include fear that you’re not a good mother, irritability, mood swings, depression, feeling overwhelmed, issues with concentration, and problems eating and sleeping. You may also feel difficulty with bonding with your baby.

PPD can last different amounts of time for everyone. However, if you’ve been dealing with the symptoms of PPD for more than just a couple of weeks, it is highly recommended to seek help.

Dual Diagnosis – Depression and Addiction

People struggling with depression and alcohol or drug abuse issues fortunately have the choice to get treatment to overcome these conditions and move forward into a free and meaningful life. But, it can be difficult to make the commitment to a program for healing. Pathways designs treatment programs that are customized to address each individual’s personal needs. Ours is a holistic approach, treating the whole person, to identify underlying issues that have contributed to depression cycles and substance abuse.

Treatment at Pathways can include administration of antidepressants, to increase serotonin levels in the brain’s neurotransmitters. This has the effect of additionally reducing levels of oxidative stress. Such therapeutic medications for depression may be utilized along with addiction treatment, as part of comprehensive treatment in cases of coexisting conditions.


Cyclothymia is a rare disorder that is marked by ups and downs in the mood, but the feelings of elation and depression are not as intense or disruptive to normal life as bipolar disorder I and II. However, the shift in mood is still noticeable, and it is different from the baseline mood.

Signs You May Need Rehab for Depression and Anxiety

Recognizing the signs of depression is the critical first step toward getting help to overcome it. Understanding the extent of the struggle, the sense of despair and hopelessness that many people experience is the next step toward determining the right kind of help for your needs. For many people, managing the symptoms of depression successfully may require starting with inpatient treatment. What are the signs that you may need inpatient treatment for depression?

Inpatient depression recovery programs provide a quiet, comfortable therapeutic environment free from daily stressors, with customized treatment programs to meet specific individual needs. These are some significant signs that may indicate you need treatment for severe depression:

You feel unmotivated to spend time with people or even leave the house.

You’re having difficulty making it through the day at work. You’re spending all your weekends isolated at home alone as much as possible, perhaps in bed or staring at the TV. You feel lethargic, and the depression seems to be worsening. It’s negatively impacting your work and relationships.

Your depression is having a damaging effect on your relationships.

You may find yourself feeling negative, irritable, and temperamental. Getting involved in arguments and fights may be damaging your relationships, leading to more feelings of guilt, bitterness, and sadness.

You frequently think about suicide.

It may seem like the only way to get relief from the mental and emotional pain is death. You may find that the idea of suicide emerges unexpectedly and has been consuming more and more of your thinking. If you are having any thoughts about suicide, you should seek treatment.

You’ve been depending on drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.

You may be abusing alcohol or drugs in an attempt to avoid feeling depressed. In many cases, alcohol or drug abuse actually causes depression. Drug or alcohol abuse and depression contribute to perpetuating each other.

You have overeating, gambling, or shopping addiction.

Various addictive behaviors can mean temporary easing of depression. But, these habits inevitably bring the depressed person feelings of guilt and shame, perpetuating a vicious cycle of deepening the depression and choosing the wrong means of relief.

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Tips to Help a Loved One Suffering from Depression 

It’s difficult to see someone you love suffer with depression or a depressive disorder. It’s difficult to know what direction to take, and you don’t want to make the situation worse.

Try focusing on these helpful pieces of advice if someone you love is suffering with depression:

Be an Advocate for Them

Let your loved one know that you will stick by their side — through both thick and thin. Let them know that you don't mind driving them to doctor’s appointments or to therapy. If you have questions about anything, ask the doctor. Reassure your loved one that you’ll be with them through everything, no matter what that may be. If your loved one knows that you’re truly there for them, it’ll make all the difference.

Get Educated about Depression

Spending time to learn and research depression and depressive disorders will help you understand what your loved one is going through. Learn about the kinds of treatment they may be getting or could get, and offer your help. Seek to have open, honest discussions with them about treatment and therapy, and what treatment can do for them. Learn about depression from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Open the Correct Channels of Communication

When you're talking to your loved one about treatment, use statements with “I” as the subject. An example of an “I” statement is: “I think you have some of the symptoms of depression, and because I love and care about you, I think you should consider seeking treatment.” Do not force the idea of treatment upon them, but rather open the channel of communication by talking about their feelings — and listen to what your loved one is saying to you. Don't say anything that might come off as being judgmental; simply gently open their eyes to what a treatment program could do for their depression. If your loved one is not ready, say that treatment will always be available.

Make an Appointment

Part of depression can include feeling apathetic towards getting help, which means not taking action to research treatment options. Call Pathways Utah depression treatment centers in your area. It might be time to make a judgment call on making an initial appointment with a recovery center with your loved one. The staff working at Pathways depression treatment center will know how to answer any questions you and your loved one may have about treating depression.

Severe Depression Treatment in Utah

If the symptoms of depression have resulted in the loss of your job or have led to you dropping out of school, it might be time to seek help from a recovery residence. With personalized treatment and the right care plan, you can recover from depression. Places like psychiatric hospitals can have a detached environment and can hinder treatment and feel less inviting. Detoxification from addiction is also provided if needed, and any medication required is professionally administered. Many forms of therapy and counseling are available.

Outpatient Depression Rehab Center in Utah

An Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Center provides Behavior Health Treatment and Mental Health Services while patients still continue to live at home. It is recommended for less severe symptoms and signs of depression or depressive orders.

Outpatient care does not mean that the care will be inefficient or less comprehensive; it provides the same intensity of care as an inpatient program does. The only difference is that you can return home after your therapy is done for the day. Outpatient treatment is recommended for people who can’t (or don’t want) to leave their everyday responsibilities behind. It can also be a viable option for people who can’t meet the costs of an inpatient program, as outpatient is typically less expensive , or who cannot leave daily responsibilities behind to take advantage of a residential depression treatment program.

Pathways offers among the most effective depression treatment centers Utah has to offer. The Pathways Wholeness Center offers a special environment for recovery, cradled in the beautiful, private, tranquil, safe, surroundings of Glenwood, in south-central Utah. It’s ideal for people who want extended-care, inpatient mental health treatment (and inpatient drug rehab and/or alcohol rehab, if needed).

Our experienced depression treatment professionals successfully treat depressive disorders to enable adults, adolescents, children, and elderly clients to go on to enjoy their lives free from depression. We apply the most up-to-date comprehensive medical research to individualized treatment plans, to help clients overcome depression and employ powerful personal tools for preventing recurrences.

Inpatient Depression Treatment Center in Utah

Inpatient (residential) treatment for depression is recommended for someone whose depression has led to severe consequences such as job loss, quitting or failing in school, or in important relationships. With the help of a personalized depression treatment program in a recovery residence, you can overcome depression and free yourself from its damaging effects on your body and your life. Alternatives for inpatient treatment for depression in psychiatric hospitals do not usually provide the warm, nurturing environment that fosters optimum healing from this particular condition. Any medication that may be required is administered by medical professionals in residential treatment, and the whole range of therapeutic and counseling options are available to clients in inpatient programs for depression recovery.

Depression and Depressive Disorders Treatment at Pathways Real Life Recovery

At Pathways Real Life Recovery, we treat depression for people of all ages, including children, adults, and older adults. Our methods and options for treatment are scientifically supported and empirical. We don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to treating depression; we individualize and personalize our plans for each and every person who steps through our door.

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Rehab Options for Depression

Our staff promises to treat you as part of the family. You will always have a shoulder to lean on and someone to talk to. Our treatment team is filled with therapists with multiple specialties, and they will work together and beside you to make sure you’re hitting your treatment goals and milestones as you step through our program.

You will need to take a series of evaluations when you first arrive at Pathways. These medical and psychiatric evaluations will help our treatment team better understand your depression or depressive disorder. The purpose of the medical evaluation is to determine if you’re suffering from any medical conditions or if you are self-medicating. The psychiatric evaluations that are administered serve the purpose of getting a full picture of your depression or disorder, and will let us know if you’re struggling with any co-existing disorders. We will come up with an effective treatment plan based on the results of your evaluations.

Medication for Depression Management

Medication is typically used at the start of treatment, but isn’t always used. It seeks to better manage troublesome symptoms you may be going through. The medication will be eased out of your system as you progress and learn more coping mechanisms. We have found that use of long-term medication like antidepressants typically allows for proper continued care. Most of the time, it takes 6 to 8 weeks of taking medication to see good results of symptom management.

Individual Therapy for Depression Rehab

Individual therapy is a type of one-on-one therapy that can be taken with one of our certified therapists. Individual therapy allows you to learn a variety of therapeutic techniques that you will carry with you for a lifetime, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT will help you understand and work through your negative thought patterns and learn how those patterns can affect how you feel about yourself and the rest of the world.

Group Therapy for Depression

Group therapy is a type of therapy that can be incredibly helpful for people who are feeling socially confined or lonely due to their depression. Group therapy allows for bonding and learning as a group, and this type of therapy will allow you to hear from a variety of people who are struggling with problems that are not unlike your own.

Family Therapy for Depression

Family therapy is a vital part of recovery for the whole family. Family therapy brings education and coping mechanisms for your family and loved ones, and allows them to participate in your recovery with you. It will examine the way depression has touched your loved ones and allow them to talk about their feelings or concerns.

At the end of your treatment program, you will work with a counselor to come up with a long-term plan that will meet your continuing treatment needs.

Utah Depression Treatment Centers

Pathways Real Life Recovery doesn't just work with depression and depressive disorders. We offer treatment programs for marital issues, drug and alcohol addiction, pornography addiction, and more. It is our goal to break the cycle of guilt and the feelings of shame for all of our clients. We treat everyone who enters our facility with the utmost love, grace, and respect.

We offer two convenient locations in Utah: one treatment center is located in Sandy, Utah. We accept health insurance.

Pathways Real Life Recovery cares about the full recovery and success of our patients. As such, we monitor and advise our clients for up to three years after completion of one of our Utah rehab programs.


If You or a Loved One is Suffering from Depression, Call Pathways Real Life Recovery or Use Our Online Contact Form to Schedule a Free Consultation and Get Help Right Away.