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


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.

What is major depressive disorder?

An individual with major depressive disorder, or major depression, has symptoms of a depressive episode – feeling sad, sleeping too little or too much and feeling very tired, changes in appetite, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and physical activity changes – all day, every day, for at least two weeks with functional impairment.

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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 in our residential treatment program for depression 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.

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Depression and co-occurring disorders

Many individuals with major depressive disorder struggle with co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety disorder, substance abuse, or borderline personality disorder. As one of the best psychiatric treatment centers for depression, we specialize in helping individuals with complex diagnoses and symptoms. In fact, more than 70 percent of our clients have three or more co-occurring diagnoses. 

Through a robust weekly schedule of one-on-one and group therapy sessions, clients in our treatment program for depression also participate in structured therapeutic activities to address challenges specific to their recovery - including managing anxiety, utilizing mindfulness skills, improving relationships, or finding balance in the workplace.

If clients have a "dual diagnosis" and 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.

In addition to psychiatric diagnoses, many clients with depression experience co-occurring medical problems like high blood pressure and heart disease. Our integrated wellness philosophy and onsite primary care clinic help all clients in our treatment program for depression eat well, exercise, and grow stronger both physically and mentally.

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.

Clients in our residential treatment program for depression 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 participate in our  vocational services program to set and work toward  goals for school, work or volunteer activities.

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"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. Recovery from mental illness is possible. Ask for help. We don't have to suffer in our bubbles by ourselves." 
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"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."

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Treatment for depression in young adults

Major depression frequently emerges in young adults ages 18 to 25 who are experiencing major life changes such as going to college, managing their own finances, becoming independent, or engaging in serious relationships with significant others. For some young adults, particularly those who have a genetic predisposition for depression or who have not developed healthy coping skills, these rapid changes and expectations are too overwhelming to cope with in a healthy way. Experimenting with alcohol or substances or experiencing trauma or a significant loss can exacerbate these symptoms.  

Considered one of the top depression treatment centers in Georgia for adults of all ages, Skyland Trail offers empathetic, evidence-based counseling and holistic therapies to help our younger clients learn how to manage and overcome their depression and set a successful course for the future.

Young adults ages 18 to 25 in our residential treatment program for depression live on the Rollins Campus, where they receive expert care from our treatment team and friendly support from a community of peers.

Mid-life crisis or depression?

An episode of major depression can occur at any age. For more mature adults, an episode of depression can be triggered by a significant loss – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the end of a relationship. Sometimes there is no evident trigger: you don't need a "reason" to be depressed. Major depression is a medical illness. 

While everyone has periods of time when they feel "down" or sad, if you experience symptoms of depression that prevent you from participating in day-to-day activities for at least two weeks, you should talk to a mental health professional. While untreated depression can have serious long-term consequences, a combination of medication and evidence-based psychotherapy can be effective for a large percentage of adults with major depression.

As one of the top depression treatment centers, Skyland Trail offers expert psychiatric care and a holistic path to wellness. Older adults struggling with work-life balance may benefit from our vocational services program. Our interfaith pastoral counseling program provides one-on-one and group support to help individuals dealing with grief and loss. And adults with related medical illnesses like diabetes or heart disease, can benefit from our integrated wellness program and onsite primary care clinic

Clients ages 26 and older in our residential treatment program for depression live at the Skyland Trail South Campus, where each client receives a private bedroom and bathroom.

Contact Skyland Trail today to learn more about our treatment programs for depression

We provide expert psychiatric care and a holistic path to wellness to help adults ages 18 to 65 and older struggling with depression grow, recover and reclaim their lives.

We strive to serve as a national model for respectful and effective mental health care that incorporates strategies for helping clients improve their mental health, relationships, physical health and independent living skills. If you or someone you know is suffering from major depression, call us today to speak to a helpful admissions team member.

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