Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health

Depression Treatment Ontario

Depression Treatment Ontario

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by sad and lonely feelings that can interfere with a person’s daily routines and life. Left untreated, there are a variety of other issues that can get worse when you’re suffering from depression including cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis and cancer.


While feeling down from time to time is normal, feeling hopeless on a constant basis could mean you are dealing with depression. Keep in mind this is considered a medical condition that can become critical without being treated.

Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health offers a variety of effective therapies for people suffering from depression.

There are a variety of different symptoms you can look for in yourself and others. These include:

  • Problems with sleeping. That includes staying asleep or even being able to fall asleep. You might be sleeping too much and waking up too early.
  • People suffering from depression often eat more than they intend to or have no appetite at all.
  • People afflicted turn away from day-to-day activities they once enjoyed.
  • They feel anxious and sad most of the time.

Please read on to find out more about the causes of depression and how we can help.

Depression Treatment in Ontario

We use standard empirical tools to give each of our patients an assessment at the beginning of their recovery. All of the treatments that we use afterwards are evidence-based. That means scientific evidence is the foundation for each one.

All of the treatment approaches we use embrace medical models and clinical data.

The treatment programs implemented are also customized to each patient. They can include cognitive behavioral therapy that is a proven model to work against depression.

Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions. Depression impacts the way a person feels, thinks, and behaves. Depression causes intense emotions of sadness and loneliness. Depression often prevents a person from being motivated and usually leads to isolation. Although, depression hinders day to day things, people often walk around struggling with intense self-defeating thoughts. Depression impacts many areas of a person’s life including work, school, family relations, friendships, and physical health. Depression may lead to physical complications. To cope with uncomfortable emotions, people try to find coping strategies to minimize the symptoms and its common that many of these coping strategies are not healthy. Some of these coping strategies may include:

  • Substance use
  • Gambling
  • Internet
  • Shopping
  • Overeating
  • Not eating
  • Codependent relationships

For those that suffer from depression it is challenging to understand what is happening. Things that an individual may have been passionate about at one time are no longer enjoyable. Goals and desires that may have once been exciting to think about are now an impossible task. Spending time with loved ones and friends no longer seem appealing and it consumes energy even thinking about the situation.

Depression is rather quiet, and people find themselves struggling to understand why all of a sudden, they have lost interest in the things that once mattered. The following are signs or symptoms of depression:

  • Feeling sad on a regular basis
  • Loss of interest in things you enjoy
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feeling unworthy
  • Decreased self esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

Depression can affect your ability to get the smallest tasks accomplished. Whether its due to decreased energy levels, tiredness, or overall lack of interest. This can cause misunderstandings in the workplace as a lack of willingness or effort. Students may find it challenging to focus on their studies.

Loved ones may use this strategy to inspire or motivate an individual to get moving. It is a great solution, however people who struggle with depression do not have the neurochemical responsible for getting you out of bed in the morning that helps you get through the day. This neurochemical is Dopamine. This neurochemical is often referred to as the “feel good” neurochemical. Dopamine is also the neurochemical responsible for anticipation. Not getting out of bed is because the brain is not receiving what it needs to be motivated and driven. Depression, contrary to popular belief is not about the choice we make. It is a neurochemical issue that prevents people from doing the things they enjoy. Depression is complicated and not as simple as most people believe. At Simcoe addiction and mental health, we will simplify this the best we can. Once an individual finds a medication that helps with this, all the earlier mentioned suggestions will help the induvial find more balance and fulfillment in their lives.

Substances become a simple solution for many people struggling with depression. Substances provide instant gratification and feelings of elation. The danger in this approach is that it can lead to a concurrent disorder. A concurrent disorder may occur if the person becomes dependent on the substance they are using to cope with the symptoms of depression. Alcohol is often used as a means of “numbing” the uncomfortable emotions associated with depression. Continuous use of alcohol leads to a worsening of the condition. If an individual uses substances they may need to have each issue addressed separately.

At Simcoe addiction and mental health, we offer numerous options for treatment. Firstly, you will see our psychiatrist that will assess your condition and if needed, prescribe you medication that will enable you to start making changes and move forward in your recovery. Anti-depressant medications are the most common treatment. People can expect better results when they are treated with both medications and psychotherapy. Our team of dedicated Registered masters level psychotherapists are here to assist you. Its hard to understand and live with, but you will learn how to start working towards better manageability. You will have four dedicated sessions with a therapist to start exploring the key issues and other issues you may have occurred. Therapy approaches may vary, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an effective approach for treating people with depression.

We offer services that can help you support your loved ones in a non judgemental and supportive way. Education will be provided to gain further insight. Therapists or counsellors will address your emotions and frustrations regarding the disorder of your loved one. Give us a call and lets start moving towards a better tomorrow for you and your loved ones. Depression is treatable.

Call us today, your recovery starts here.

Depression Retreat in Ontario

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tackles the negative thought patterns that our patients have developed over the years. These also apply to the people in their lives and the world in general. These patterns of thought often manifest themselves in self-destructive behaviors like depression, anger, isolation and alcohol and drug abuse.


This type of thinking often leads to negative self-worth and patterns of behavior. However, CBT can help our patients look at the ways their actions, emotions and thoughts are interrelated and how they behave.

The therapies we offer help people recognize and analyze these self-destructive thought patterns so they can work on developing coping skills.

Here’s how our depression retreat in Ontario works.

Both the patient and therapist need to be actively involved. Our therapists teach people suffering from depression how to deal with the things, people and places that cause emotional responses. We pride ourselves on building good relationships with all of our patients that are based on compassion and empathy.


Our experts listen carefully to client perspectives. Their main goal is to understand each patient’s unique viewpoint so they can understand how their feelings and thoughts relate to past relationships and current life events.

Please read on to find out about the other successful therapies we used to treat depression at


Depression Therapy in Ontario

Depression is like other diseases in that it can involve all the family members. Friends, sisters, brothers and children as well as parents, partners and spouses can all suffer. When someone is afflicted, all their relationships hurt and a family can struggle and fall into crisis mode.

Family members can all become isolated from one another and start to react in ways that are unhealthy.

That’s why we offer depression therapy in Ontario that includes family members. These sessions contain counseling, workshops and presentations so everyone in your family can understand how depression affects them.

Another one of our programs is specifically designed to help your significant others understand the process of recovery. It involves discussions with family members as well as lectures and films.

Present Moment

Another evidence-based treatment that we use is called mindfulness. This is designed to help patients focus on the present moment while

 acknowledging thoughts and feelings in recovery. Mindfulness is often used as part of an overall recovery program that includes CBT.

This tool can help patients because it works well in both group and individual sessions. Some of the techniques used include:

  • Meditation that helps people to stay in the present moment.
  • Listening skills that help them to work on their communication
  • Walks that help patients get in touch with their physical surroundings. Is a scientifically supported treatment that works. Numerous empirical studies have shown it to be effective. It is especially applicable when combined with other therapies for people who suffer from substance abuse and sadness.

If you decide you need help through our depression therapy in Ontario clinic, our team will stand beside you every step of the way. They can take you through a discrete and compassionate admissions process.

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