How Can Participating in Gestalt Therapy Help Young Adults Overcome Depression?

How Can Participating in Gestalt Therapy Help Young Adults Overcome Depression?

How Can Participating in Gestalt Therapy Help Young Adults Overcome Depression?

Early adulthood comes with many different life challenges. For example, one may feel overwhelmed with starting their career, establishing new home ownership, and finding a spouse. Once a milestone is met, one may begin to feel a strong sense of accomplishment. It is common for many young adults to face problems with their mental health due to the inability to manage life stressors. Although there is a strong link between early adulthood and depression, participating in gestalt therapy at Restoration Recovery can help one maintain mental stability for a long-term recovery.

The Many Challenges of Early Adulthood

Puberty can be a rough time for teens, but, unfortunately, life doesn’t always get easier from there for most people. A majority of grown adults have difficulty navigating the beginning of their adult life. When life is not in full bloom, things can feel quite overwhelming. From the start, young adults may experience anxiety related to their career choice. Removing toxic relationships to stay on track to success can be a difficult process as well. This is where life can get a bit more complex. Many young adults choose to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to cope with life’s challenges. 

Transitioning from the nest, dorm living, apartment living, and home ownership can feel like the biggest rollercoaster in the park – not to mention taking time from life’s priorities to face hurtful rejection in one’s dating life. Life can be a rough ride for some young adults. Even after every milestone has been met, an individual may be hit with a sudden job loss, foreclosure, or tragic divorce. 

The Link Between Early Adulthood and Depression

According to the publication Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, social and environmental factors involved in an individual’s life may put one at risk for developing major depressive disorder. When a young adult’s mental health is not managed, their ability to connect with others or maintain long-term healthy relationships may be severely impacted. In a recent case study, those who pursued a relationship were affected by both anxiety and depression due to a lack of relationship support and increased conflict. 

An early onset of mental illness in one’s adolescent years puts one at risk of having disrupted milestones. For instance, one may experience extreme difficulty completing high school or finding employment. Research indicates that young adult depression is associated with an increased likelihood of remaining single in the future. For those who remained unpartnered, depression in early adulthood predicted decreased relationship support and increased conflict. When individuals experience problems with their mental health, so do their loved ones, ultimately worsening their condition.

It is critical to take action to prevent mental health problems. Doing so may reduce the need for treatment or prevent further hardship down the road. Managing one’s mental health and establishing healthy relationships is crucial in maintaining a greater quality of life free from misusing harmful substances. 

What Is Gestalt Therapy?

Not many individuals are familiar with what to expect in a gestalt therapy session. Gestalt therapy can be defined as a psychotherapy that uses Eastern philosophies to help one find solutions to their inner conflicts. Each session works to encourage one to experience and have gratitude for the present time. Gestalt therapy can help individuals gain self-development, confidence, and growth for a better future. 

One may evolve through building appropriate interactions with others and forming self and object relations. Gradual participation allows one to develop emotions and self-regulation. After time, an individual may develop increased self-awareness, self-direction, and freedom for overall mental stability. Participating in gestalt therapy can help one focus on here rather than the past. Staying dedicated to treatment is important for one to achieve a more successful outcome. It may be helpful for an individual to communicate their concerns after each session to develop a comfortable treatment plan for an enhanced experience. 

Participating in Gestalt Therapy at Restoration Recovery

Everyone deserves to heal from certain tragedies in life. Choosing to move forward with gestalt therapy at Restoration Recovery can give potential clients hope in overcoming major depressive disorder. Restoration Recovery understands that many young adults tend to gravitate toward drugs and alcohol to self-manage their mental health condition. Doing so may only provide temporary relief and further worsen their condition. 

Restoration Recovery’s treatment provides clients with holistic modalities in combination with traditional talk therapy methods for those facing challenges with a dual diagnosis. Our holistic treatment options provide a whole-person approach, with a team that focuses on each client’s mind, body, and spirit to achieve long-term mental stability and heal from past trauma linked with their depression. Medication is not for everyone. It may be helpful to incorporate various holistic treatment options with participating in gestalt therapy. Different types of holistic treatment that can help one overcome depression include: 

  • Art therapy
  • Yoga and mediation
  • Nutrition lessons
  • Tai chi
  • Dance/movement therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Recreational and leisure activities

At our treatment center, we are committed to providing inclusive care and ensuring compliance with ADA guidelines. Rather than just treating the disease, holistic treatment looks at a person as a whole and introduces healing to other aspects of a person. By addressing other aspects of a person, holistic therapy can promote overall well-being and support recovery from depression and addiction. It is important to note that although helpful, holistic services should not take the place of traditional medicine and behavioral therapy in addiction treatment. Instead, holistic therapies are designed to be used with other treatment methods. If you or a loved one is facing problems with depression, call Restoration Recovery at (888) 290-0925 for support today.

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