Fortunately, out of this frustrating dilemma has come some good news. Research is beginning to substantiate what some of us have been practicing for years. A positive mental attitude has a bearing on physical health.
The University of California at Berkeley has studied this concept and has reported in several articles that "those people with strong social ties and commitments seem to live longer and healthier lives than those who do not; that a sense of humor and the ability to laugh contributes to good health, and that "right" thinking keeps people well, while "wrong" thinking makes them sick". As we prepare for the next round of health care and insurance reimbursement changes, it is important for us to keep these principles in mind.
On a less upbeat note, the University of Texas Health Science Center has studied depression and concluded that it is "under diagnosed-particularly in primary care settings and among the elderly-and when it is treated, many patients receive medications that are not fully effective, or in insufficient doses, or for too short a period to be effective". The study goes on to say that the impact of depression on the nation's economy has been estimated at $44 billion annually through work absence, decreased productivity, premature death, medications and increased medical and psychiatric care.
The Berkeley and other studies have concluded that there is a strong link between what the mind believes and what symptoms the body exhibits. The body has no mind of its own, and can only respond to the instructions of the brain-based mind, including thoughts and feelings, be it conscious, subconscious or spiritual. Unresolved emotions, left over feeling events from the past, are often the troublemakers. These feelings tend to lead the thought process through a maze of old memories, resulting in misinformation regarding current circumstances, tricking the conscious self into misinterpreting incidents that are occurring to, and around the individual.
The University of Texas and other studies have concluded that symptoms of a mental or emotional illness are often overlooked and when diagnosed may be under treated. In most cases, if the patient was diagnosed and treated, he was treated with medication alone and was not evaluated or treated through psychotherapy or other counseling methods also. Either way, patients who are affected by a mental/emotional illness are less likely to find relief from their pain than someone diagnosed with another type of illness.
- Most essential is our core competence in recovery. We maintain an experienced team, advancing our company-wide objective for highly applicable and cost effective mental health treatment.
- 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.
What Our Clients Say
Everyone made me feel welcome; the staff and clients, from my first day. If I felt lost or confused, I was pointed in the right direction or was given information to answer my questions. I had time to get adjusted to everything without feeling hurried.
All aspects of the program were special. The staff was kind, well trained, professional, and experienced. Treatment was tailored to each person’s needs, complemented by group therapy. My transformation has been wonderful.
InnerWisdom provided an approach to treatment that renewed my spirit, mind, and body. I would recommend the program to any of my family and friends. The environment is nurturing for anyone needing an environment for recovery.
I am very grateful that my treatment was at InnerWisdom, Inc. This place is very special and that is because of the staff and caring environment.
Fabulous treatment program! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.
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.
Former Student Intern