Anxiety and depression can be overwhelming. Problems that you used to be able to handle with ease have somehow turned into enormous hurdles that you can’t seem to overcome. It can be challenging to see solutions to problems that seem so difficult. An important step for many patients at Mental Health Resources (MHR) is to regain the control over their emotions and feelings.
For one patient at MHR, the problems she was having seemed to have multiplied and the possibility of resolving any, much less all of them, seemed unfathomable. She was experiencing significantly increased anxiety and depression, with symptoms like difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, crying spells, loss of interest in things and activities that she used to enjoy, trouble with her memory and concentrating, irritability, and headaches. She felt that her anxiety and depression had robbed her of happiness and her drive to succeed at work. As her anxiety and depression intensified, so did the challenges she was facing. When a person feels hopeless, when they don’t have the energy to complete basic, daily tasks, and they’re then faced with complicated problems, it can be hard to believe that things will improve. How can things that are so bad possibly ever get better?
However, when this patient learned to understand and identify her feelings, she began to break down what used to be one, giant combination of problems into smaller, more manageable ones. During group therapy she was able to get help and break her problems down into steps that she could take today. As she discussed feeling bullied by her supervisor at work and feelings overwhelmed by relationship problems, she was able to release some of the feelings that were bottled up and holding her back from moving forward. Her therapist helped her discover things she hadn’t even been aware of that were causing her anxiety and depression to intensify, such as negative self talk, unresolved grief, and over extending herself.
As she gained skills in the education groups to identify thoughts and feelings, set boundaries, become assertive, prioritize self care, and understand the impact of her grief, she felt more prepared to face her stressors and use her newly learned skills to better cope with problems that she faced. She soon began to accomplish the small goals she had set for herself, and then she started to also notice significant improvements in other aspects of her life. As her energy level improved, she began to reach out to people, which in turn helped improve her feelings of loneliness, which went on to help her enjoy activities she had lost interest in since her anxiety and depression started. And yet again, that one giant set of confusing and overwhelming problems became smaller and smaller until she felt capable of tackling them. This particular patient often described feeling like she was in a “tornado” that she couldn’t escape from. But after working with the therapists at MHR and learning skills to cope with her unique problems she essentially learned to calm that storm. She was able to identify how much distress different problems were causing, picking one thing at a time to focus on, creating an action plan that she felt comfortable with, and using other skills she had learned to cope with the new emotions coming to surface. Taking small steps and focusing on just one part of a problem may not feel like you’re doing much when you are facing the mountain of problems in your life. But in reality, each of those small steps affected so many other aspects of this patient’s life that with each step she took she noticed improvements in more areas than she imagined possible.
Because our treatment for depression and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in seven peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.
Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery. Treatment for anxiety and depression can be highly successful. People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviews. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment. -by JG-