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Patient Triumphs Represented through Experiential Therapy
For some, having a mental illness can feel like you’re caged by a monster, leaving you unable to participate in the daily activities that you would like to engage in. That is the metaphor that Ashley Samson, experiential therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health–Chicago, started with in December 2015 when she designed new projects for her patients. Over time, that metaphor was adjusted to be more relevant to the different patient age groups in Skokie, IL.
Our Patients Speak: Stories of Recovery from Eating Disorders
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week (link is external), countless people from around the country will share their stories of recovery to reduce mental health stigma (link is external), encourage others to get a screening, raise awareness and even help in their own healing process. Since anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia, and other eating disorders affect all ages, genders and races, you might already expect that each person’s eating disorder journey is as unique as they are. But you may not expect the complete mind, body and soul transformation that each person undergoes on their path to wellness.
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week: A Call to Action
February 21 through 29 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week (link is external), an observance organized by the National Eating Disorder Association (link is external) (NEDA). This year’s theme: “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.” promotes early intervention and education about the causes, dangers and treatments for eating
Telepsychiatry Increases Access to Care
When most people think of seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist, they picture talking face-to-face with someone. That is getting harder with a national shortage of psychiatrists. However, more providers of behavioral health—and their patients—are turning to and accepting an alternative: telepsychiatry.
Making Positive Change Last this New Year
Statistics show that this time of the year, 45 percent of us are going to make a New Year’s resolution, but of that percentage, only 26 percent will maintain our resolution past the first six months. It seems as though the odds are stacked against most of us when it comes to changing our ways and making major life changes, but Sue McKenzie, co-director of Rogers InHealth (link is external), insists that achieving lasting change is possible not only for New Year’s resolutions, but for achieving mental health as well.
Experiential Therapy Takes Alternative Route to Recovery
Experiential therapy is a hands-on experience-based approach that assists in healing and overcoming mental or emotional challenges. At Rogers, there’s a variety of experiential therapy approaches available to patients, including art and music therapy, recreational therapy, yoga, horticultural therapy and adventure therapy—which uses challenge courses at various campuses.
Mental Health Stigma: Like Parent, Like Child
Starting in infancy, children mimic their parents’ actions, speech and beliefs, whether good or bad. Studies show that the same goes for parents’ stigma about mental health. Parents’ attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment are a factor in their child’s intentions to pursue psychological help (Vogel, et al., 2009). In other words, if you, as a parent, have a negative view about people with mental health concerns, your child is less likely to speak up about their own mental health. Failing to address a child’s mental health may be extremely harmful and the affects may carry on into adulthood.
Horticultural Garden One Piece of a Greater Vision
The construction of a new horticultural therapy garden in the courtyard of the Child and Adolescent Centers is quickly making progress! The new addition will provide the space necessary for a new horticultural therapy program, but is also a piece of a larger vision to incorporate nature and the healing powers of the environment into treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital.
Could it be ADHD?
Dr. Pahlavan is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical director of the child and adolescent day treatment and partial hospitalization services at Rogers Memorial Hospital. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is often first noticed during the preschool and early school years. One of the most common childhood disorders, ADHD affects 5 to 8 percent of school age children.