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Depression has become a significant problem and one that can be challenging to determine when to seek residential depression treatment. At Southern Live Oak Wellness, we specialize in treating depression in Atlanta, Georgia. Whatever stage a person is at and whichever services they need, our inpatient depression treatment program is here to help. 

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What is Depression?

Depression is a common health disorder identified by prolonged feelings of loneliness and sadness. Reaching far beyond the standard levels of unhappiness that are experienced throughout daily life, depression is usually brought on by chemical imbalances and biological differences within the brain. 

Essentially, neurotransmitters (naturally occurring chemicals) in the brain see a change of function, affecting their interaction with the brain’s ability to stabilize mood. In addition, depression could be the result of an inherited trait from a family member. Depression is more common in those who have blood relatives that have experienced the same condition. 

Depression can develop from any hardship. This could be life trauma, the loss of a loved one, abuse, and many other factors. Depression, despite public outlook, is often treatable if the affected person seeks proper assistance from a depression treatment center. 

Also referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it can affect how one feels, thinks, and behaves, resulting in a variety of emotional and physical symptoms. 

Signs That Someone Needs Inpatient Treatment for Depression

Symptoms of depression can widely vary but are often broken down into two categories: physical and behavioral. 


  • Difficulty falling asleep or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite or irregular weight loss or gain
  • Lack of energy 
  • Decreased hygiene 
  • Slowed thinking, speaking, or movement
  • Unexplained pain


  • Prolonged sadness or irritability
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Lack of focus
  • Angry outbursts, irritability, or frustration
  • Difficulty in decision making 
  • Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities 
  • Feelings of restlessness and unease
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors

Overall, a depressed person will see their life as diminishing in quality. This can cause all of the above symptoms and lead to dangerous behavior, including missing work, school, and important events, and in extreme cases, causing harm to oneself.  

Without the help of proper inpatient depression treatment, affected individuals are more likely to act on their negative thoughts, including suicidal ones. If you or a loved one has been affected by depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to Southern Live Oak  Wellness for more information on our inpatient depression treatment.  

woman with signs of depression

Depression in Atlanta, GA

In the US, one in five adults experiences mental illness each year. More than half of those struggle to find the proper care, largely due to cost. In February 2021, 44.3% of adults in Georgia reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. That is more than double the population of Atlanta. Of those affected between the ages of 12-17, 68% did not receive any care, whether from depression treatment centers or otherwise. 

Depression affects all of Georgia but is especially prominent in the state’s capital, Atlanta. 

What Our Depression Treatment Centers Include

Southern Live Oak provided a plethora of depression treatment programs in Atlanta. Each is licensed by the state of Georgia. 

Residential Program

Residential mental health facilities in Atlanta, Georgia are an effective solution for those dealing with ongoing depression. Our residential treatment program is unlocked and voluntary. By providing both structure and freedom in a supportive environment, our residential program is designed to help individuals feel empowered while managing their depression. 

Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) for depression is a structured and intensive outpatient treatment program designed for individuals who need more intensive care than traditional outpatient services, but not as much as residential or inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. PHP provides a combination of therapeutic activities that include individual, group, and family therapy sessions, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and psychoeducation.

Intensive Outpatient Program

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers daily or weekly therapy sessions and other services designed to help those struggling with depression. Individuals participate in group and individual therapy as well as activities related to their specific recovery goals. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy represents a new frontier in mental health treatment. It refers to the method of using low-dose magnetic pulses to stimulate small regions of the brain with a magnetic field generator near the patient’s head.

The pulses stimulate neurons at the surface of the brain, which open neural pathways that produce more positive emotions. TMS is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for depression with minimal side effects. 

Therapeutic Living

At Southern Live Oak Wellness, we provide a therapeutic living option for those that have participated in our outpatient levels of care. Located minutes from downtown Atlanta, the therapeutic living facilities of Southern Live Oak Wellness offer an array of treatment modalities. Our residences offer a safe and comfortable living environment where adults transition to everyday life with our therapeutic living in Atlanta, Georgia.

Family Programs

Family programs are services available to families of depression clients that may consist of counseling, therapy, and group discussions. The goal is to strengthen relationships among family members through effective communication and mutual respect. 

Live Oak offers flexibility to fit the boundaries of any family situation, prioritizing varying schedules and open communication.

Alumni Programs

No one is alone in their recovery. Southern Live Oak Wellness believes that staying connected for a lifetime is vital for those who complete our program. We provide ways for our mental health alumni in Atlanta to meet. These communities are made up of people constantly encouraging growth through healing and are here to guide everyone through life’s ongoing journey.

Each of our depression treatment programs features a wide variety of services and strategies to aid in recovery. 

veteran in therapy during inpatient depression treatment

Experience Our Inpatient Depression Treatment in Atlanta, GA

At Southern Live Oak Wellness, we know that depression can greatly disrupt those affected. But we are here to tell you that our inpatient depression treatment centers can help. Our experienced team is here for you, whatever your need. 

Regain control of your life today at Southern Live Oak Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact us to start recovery today.



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      When I was a part of this program, I had the most personal growth I’ve had in my entire life. All of the tech staff were willing to talk to me whenever I felt like I needed someone to talk to and the group sessions gave me multiple perspectives I never would’ve thought of from people in similar situations to me.

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