I came to Skyland Trail hopeless and depressed. Skyland helped me build skills and relationships that gave me hope again.

– Heather B., Skyland Trail alumni

Depression

Skyland Trail is one of the best residential treatment programs for depression. Our top-rated residential depression treatment program often is the best next step for adults leaving a hospital or inpatient depression treatment center. We also offer a day treatment program for depression in Atlanta that may be appropriate for adults who are not making progress in outpatient therapy.

Client Testimonial: Tony's Journey

Through Tony's hard work at Skyland Trail, he was able to find medications that worked to reduce his symptoms and learned important skills to help him maintain his wellness.

Tony's Story

What are the treatments for depression?

People with depression have successful results when they implement a full array of evidence-based strategies, including medication, psychotherapy, exercise, and sleep regulation. Other treatments like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) can also be very helpful. Early treatment is more effective and decreases the likelihood of recurrences.

At Skyland Trail, we tailor the treatment plan to each individual. In addition to optimizing the use of pharmacologic therapies, our holistic recovery program gives our clients the opportunity to learn about their illness and practice skills and strategies to cope with emotions and situations that may trigger depression.

Clients participate in individual and group therapy sessions where our psychiatrists and counselors use a combination of therapeutic approaches proven by research to be effective. Clients with no symptoms of psychosis likely will participate in our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specialized recovery community. If clients need help recovering from a substance use problem, we help them address both their depression diagnosis and their substance use issue simultaneously, which research shows is essential for full recovery.

CBT Program

CBT for Depression

Skyland Trail psychiatrist Dr. Mary Burns describes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it is used to treat depression, bipolar illness and anxiety.

Video: CBT for Depression

Young adults experiencing first episode of depression

People of all ages can experience depression. However, many people experience their first episode of major depression as a teen or young adult. Some young adults may have been dealing with symptoms of depression for years with help from their families and support networks. But new situations or stressors, like going to college, having new financial responsibilities, or experimenting with alcohol or substances, exacerbate their symptoms. If young adults do not have healthy coping skills and an effective treatment strategy in place, they may find themselves in crisis or unable to function on a day-to-day basis.

Young adults with depression entering to the residential treatment program at Skyland Trail admit to the Rollins Campus. The Rollins Campus is a specialized residential community for young adults ages 18 to 25.

In addition to a residential community, young adults with depression will be assigned to a specialized recovery community. If clients are experiencing depression with psychosis, they likely will enter the Cognition and First Episode recovery community. Young adults clients with depression who are not experiencing psychosis likely will be assigned to the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) recovery community. Individuals with an alcohol or substance issue may also be assigned to the Dual Diagnosis recovery community. 

We offer more than 125 different groups each week. Some groups are more general and are appropriate for clients of all ages and diagnoses. Other groups are more specialized. Examples of groups that address the unique challenges of young adults are those focused on healthy relationships in young adulthood, identity and insight, and social and assertiveness skills. Additional groups focus on LGBTQ support.

Rollins Campus for Young Adults

Client Testimonial: West's Story

"Living with mental illness felt like I was living inside a cloudy bubble, peering out as the world went by. As I learned about my illness, the bubble became clearer, and eventually translucent. I've realized all the time spent looking outside the bubble I missed the happiness that was in it - in me." 

West's story

Treatment of chronic or treatment-resistant depression

Skyland Trail's residential and day treatment programs for major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder are also effective for older or mid-career adults. Transitions in this stage of life - the death of a parent, becoming a parent, losing a job, or experiencing divorce, for example - can trigger an episode of depression after several years of remission. Other individuals may have struggled with depression symptoms for many years, trying different medications and therapies without getting better.

Adults ages 26 and older entering the residential treatment program admit to Skyland Trail South. Skyland Trail South Residential Campus includes 24 units with private bedrooms and private bathrooms.

In addition to a specialized residential community, clients are assigned to a recovery community. Adults ages 26 and older with depression and symptoms of psychosis likely will be assigned to the Social Integration recovery community. Clients with MDD without psychosis likely will be placed in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy recovery community. Individuals with an alcohol or substance issue may also be assigned to the Dual Diagnosis recovery community. 

We offer more than 125 different groups each week. Some groups are more general and are appropriate for clients of all ages and diagnoses. Other groups are more specialized. Examples of groups that address the unique challenges of this age group are those focused on loss and grief, finding work-life balance, anger and acceptance, codependence, and healthy relationships in middle to late adulthood. A men's peer support group, women's peer support group, and LGBTQ peer support group also are offered as part of the holistic curriculum.

South Residential Campus

Client Testimonial: Tara's Story

"Helpful and encouraging staff who knew me by name from the first day, a safe and welcoming environment, lovely location....we had outings, social opportunities, cooked in our houses...and I made many strong relationships. Several of those will continue throughout my life."

Tara's story

Holistic path to recovery

In addition to medication and therapy, through our horticulture, arts and music programs, individuals can build confidence, identify and externalize potentially difficult feelings, and address symptoms through creative expression and social interaction. We provide education about the increased risk for medical diseases and help prevent those diseases through our primary care and wellness program.

Our clients have the opportunity to explore potential spiritual resources through pastoral counseling. And, because an important part of therapy for individuals with depression is shifting their focus outside of themselves, our clients participate in organized humanitarian efforts and in our  vocational services program to set and work toward  goals for school, work or volunteer activities.