Depression is likely to strike many people to some degree in their lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8% of people report some level of depression at any given time. If you or someone you know is depressed, it can cause a significant drop in productivity and personal enjoyment, and can, unfortunately, drive a person to attempt suicide if left untreated.
Help is available: outpatient treatment programs are appropriate if your depression is moderate, or if you've just completed a residential program and would like additional help as you transition back to regular life.
Outpatient care usually provides the same intensity of care as an inpatient program, but you can return home after your therapy sessions so you don't have to put your work and personal life on hold while seeking treatment. It is ideal if you can't step away from your daily responsibilities, or if the cost of treatment is an issue, as outpatient therapy is more affordable than inpatient treatment.
"When I arrived home after drinking with my buddies, my wife was sitting at the kitchen table with a suitcase beside her. She asked me to sit down and told me that it was over. I didn't blame her, but felt ashamed of myself.
I walked straight to the phone, called the Counseling Center and my recovery began. The counselors helped me a lot."