First Responder
Depression Treatment
in Costa Mesa

Depression is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. First responders are especially susceptible to this problem because they face stressful situations and traumatic events daily.

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The Risk of Depression as a First Responder

Addressing depression as soon as possible can prevent negative consequences, improve quality of life, and help get back to work quickly.

Depression in first responders requires an individual approach to treatment. Command Post Wellness has comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatment programs for emergency service specialists who are ready to get professional assistance for mental and behavioral health.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that affects a person's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. People who live with depression feel sad, empty, angry, lonely, and tired. As the disease progresses, some patients face suicidal thoughts.

Around one in ten people in the United States suffer from a depressive illness each year. While it may seem that these problems should go away on their own, they rarely do. Just like any other serious health condition, depression requires professional medical assistance.

Common signs of depression include:

Feeling of hopelessness and sadness
Fatigue and sleep problems
Hard-to-control emotions
Lost interest in activities that used to bring joy

Women are more likely than men to develop depression. However, anyone can become a victim of this condition, especially when they face continuous stress at home or work.

Types of Depression We Treat

Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder is classified as when depression symptoms last for more than a week.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

This type of depression is classified when depression symptoms last more than two years.

Bipolar Disorder

Though technically a mood disorder, bipolar disorder often overlaps with depression. Bipolar disorder often consists of serious changes in mood, energy, and activity levels.

Seasonal Depression

This type of depression is classified as a form of depression that usually occurs during the winter when days become shorter.

Postpartum Depression

This form of depression is classified by occurring in the first weeks or months after childbirth.

Psychotic Depression

This type of depression co-occurs with various symptoms of psychosis. Often it's where major depression overlaps with psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia).
Major depressive disorder
Persistent depressive disorder
Bipolar disorder
Seasonal depression
Postpartum depression
Psychotic depression
Major depression
depression symptoms last for more than a week.
Persistent depressive disorder
depression symptoms last more than two years.
Bipolar disorder
serious changes in mood, energy, and activity levels.
Seasonal depression
a depression that usually occurs during the winter when days become shorter.
Psychotic depression
major depression with psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia).
Postpartum depression
a depression that occurs in the first weeks or months after childbirth.

Benefits of Our Depression Treatment

Welcoming Community

Since first responders face trauma, burnout, and other psychological burdens more often than the majority of people do, they are more prone to developing such mental health conditions as depression. Our residents are open and eagerly accept others who are struggling with similar issues.

Fighting Stigma

Oftentimes, first responders can feel like superheroes to the world and their families, and these emergency response specialists are often unwilling to admit the problem. However, we foster an accepting community that doesn’t judge someone for needing help.

Getting You Back to Work

Left untreated, depression in police officers, firefighters, and other first responders can lead to severe consequences, including the inability to work, problems in one’s personal and social lives, and even more extreme medical conditions. Our treatment is set up to get you healthy and back on the job as soon as realistically possible.

Adaptable Treatment

The approach to treatment for mental illness in first responders is changing, as more and more emergency professionals admit that they need help. Our programs are always looking to provide ideal service and support for our residents.

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When to Get Help for Depression

Depression can come and go. The chance of this mental health condition disappearing on its own is low. If it does, the problem is likely to come back. Seeking treatment for mental health issues is key to battling them before they turn into serious problems.

Even if depression is just in its first stages, it's important to seek professional attention. The faster a first responder can speak to a mental health specialist, the easier it is to fight depression. A first responder treatment program can help teach them how to manage their mental health in a healthy way.

It's time to get help for depression when a first responder:

Experiences continuous feelings of hopelessness
Can't concentrate on familiar tasks
Constantly gets unexplained aches
Feels apathetic about things they used to like
Turns to alcohol or illicit substances
Faces problems with sleep (sleeping too much or too little)
Becomes irritable and aggressive
Changes eating habits (starts eating too much or stops eating normally)

How to Treat Depression in First Responders

When a first responder seeks medical attention, a mental health specialist (psychologist or psychiatrist) assesses the condition and sets up an individual course of treatment. The treatment may include:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT is a method that helps a person change their approach to negative thoughts.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
DBT is a type of behavior therapy that focuses on post-traumatic stress injury.
Group therapy
This form of therapy consists of sharing thoughts and feelings with first responders who have the same condition in a setting controlled by a therapist.
Medication Management
In some cases, patients may require antidepressants or other medication.
Mindfulness Techniques
Learning how to take care of your mind and body to help them deal with depression (e.g., exercise, yoga, healthy diet, etc.).

Discreet Healing Opportunities for First Responders

Depression in first responders is a serious problem that requires timely professional attention. The main benefits of getting medical assistance include better quality of life, the ability to get back to work, improved physical health, and much more.

At Command Post Wellness, we focus specifically on helping first responders treat mental health issues and putting them on the road to full recovery. We help first responder men and women learn how to manage their mental health symptoms and find recovery. Our experienced clinical team takes a discreet approach aimed specifically at the needs of the nation's heroes.

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Our Modern-Day Heroes

First responders and public safety employees are our modern-day heroes, which can come at a significant psychological price. The first responder regularly experiences on-the-job trauma in which risking their lives daily is just part of the job.

We have a team which assists first responders on a path to healing through innovative therapeutic modalities. Command Post Wellness prioritizes the mental health of our first responders and public safety employees.

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