A depressive illness can feel like falling into a bottomless pit. The individual wants to escape but cannot muster up the strength to move. They cannot concentrate or think clearly. Cut off by depression from the things that were once enjoyed, they find they simply don't care. They cannot help themselves and they sink deeper into despair and hopelessness. Isolation ensues and the thoughts of death may be a welcome pastime.
Depression distorts internal timing. People become monotonous, speech slows or ceases altogether, sleep patterns are disrupted, vitality is sapped, the thought process is clouded and life becomes a burden. The altered brain chemistry of depression is not easily restored without medical or psychological intervention.
One in four women and one in ten men can expect to be diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, although if often goes undiagnosed. They may not realize what they are experiencing are symptoms of a treatable illness. The success rate of reducing symptoms of depression is higher than with any other mental or emotional illness.
Signs to look for when diagnosing depression are:
- continuing feelings of sadness
- noticeable change in appetite
- significant gain or loss of weight
- problems sleeping or waking
- loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- inability to concentrate and make decisions
- feelings of worthlessness
- stomachaches or other physical symptoms
- inability to keep up with the basic aspects of life, such as
- personal care
- household chores
- social activities.
People experiencing depression may have thoughts of suicide. Studies show that depression is the illness that underlies the majority of suicides. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among people between the ages of 15 to 24. In the past 10 years, there have been major developments in the treatment of depression.
Later in life, the symptoms of depression, including memory impairment, slowed speech and movement, and loss of motivation can be mistaken for those of senility or stroke. The treatment of depression is most successful when treated with a combination of medication, psychotherapy, stress management, and behavior modification techniques.
Depression can strike at any age. Its emotional and physical symptoms are notable for their persistence. People experiencing depression find it hard to do anything at all, even get up enough energy to call a doctor. But taking that first step may start them on the road to recovery, as there is always help available.
Some symptoms of depression are:
- Frequent crying spells
- Feeling hopeless and alone
- Social withdrawal that increases over time
- Levels of anxiety that increase over time
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Loss of interest in once cared about activities
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Focusing on physical health increasing anxiety
- Low consumption of liquids
- Lack of attention to personal appearance/irregular bathing
- Hair not washed or combed
- Teeth not brushed/bad breath
- Dirty clothes or same clothes everyday; sleeps in clothes
- Problems at work or school
- Panic attacks or phobias
- Excessive concerns with physical health or fear of dying
- Low energy levels/lack of motivation
- High level of irritability/on edge
- Sleep disturbances/restless sleep/nightmares
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Sleeping too much
- Awakening often during the night, often with feelings of doom; insomnia
- Increased use of chemical or addictive substances
- Use of alcohol or drugs to relieve symptoms or to sleep
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- We know how to manage a crisis. We provide a rapid response to any situation as we can quickly evaluate the problem, stabilize the condition and anticipate a positive outcome.
- We apply our skills and expertise to help motivate individuals and groups to work together for the betterment of communities.
- Our client community is diverse and varied. This diversity is reflected in our treatment staff, allowing for healthy therapeutic relationships to develop.
- We understand that other people's feelings are central to emotional well-being. Modeling this philosophy is essential for success. Our treatment programs focus on social awareness - the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others.
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Inner Wisdom has a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) where patients meet in groups with a therapist on a daily schedule. Patients have a variety of mental illness diagnoses, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, and substance abuse, which interfere with their ability to live a full and productive life. Students will have the opportunity to shadow therapists, facilitate therapy groups and Psychoeducation groups, meet individually with patients, and understand the case management required by Medicare and private insurance companies. Students work under a variety of therapists and can observe different styles and strengths. A strong team approach is encouraged. Students have the opportunity to get direct experience with patients and to use their skills creatively in offering therapy.
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