Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness

 

Mental Health Care Treatment

D’Amore Healthcare relies on a thorough diagnosis and treatment process for the following disorders:

 

  • Schizophrenia & Schizophreniform Disorders
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Bi-polar Disorder
  • Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Vocational Adjustment Issues
  • Dual Diagnosis, mental illness alongside
    a substance use disorder
  • Shared Psychotic Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder NOS
  • Substance – Induced Psychotic Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder Due to a Medical Condition
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Other Mental Disorders and Comorbid Conditions
  • Any Disorder that Increases Motivation Towards Suicide
 

Whether you’re aware of it or not, chances are you know someone who has been personally affected by a mental health disorder. Maybe, that someone is you.

Research on mental health epidemiology shows that mental disorders are common throughout the United States. This affects tens of millions of people each year.

Overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment. For example, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Among many symptoms, prevalence can be masked by; working too much, coping at happy hour, marital strife, abuse of prescription medications, fits of rage, and escalating from legal drugs to illegal drugs. Thus, leading to a strong sense of helplessness.

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Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults –
about 14.8 million people – live with major depression.

– National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2013

 

Adults Living with Serious Mental Illness

Mental illness is different than cancer or a broken leg. In fact, getting an accurate diagnosis requires looking at feelings, experiences, behaviors, social patterns and physical health.

Most of all, don’t be afraid to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. Because, learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.

According to Colton, Manderscheid, and Parks (2006), individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. In fact, adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. Consequently, adults live longer when they seek treatment. 

 

D’Amore Healthcare is improving public health, one person at a time.

Yet, D’Amore Healthcare recognizes that many patients are not finding the answers they need at the hospital. In fact, D’Amore Healthcare has established the highest level of care in a small, intimate residential setting. Prior to admission or upon intake, most patients explain feeling some or, all of the following:

  1. Overwhelmed and confused.
  2. Dysthymic: low energy and drive, low self-esteem and a low capacity for pleasure.
  3. Cast aside, neglected, rejected, alienated or, stigmatized.
  4. Restless, anxious or, fearful.
  5. Abused, traumatized or, exploited.
  6. Spiritually bankrupt, lost or, unworthy.


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According to The Department of Health & Human Services (2009), “Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.”

The combination of any of the above, or even one of these persistent mental states contributes to a lower quality of life, strained relationships and impaired productivity. Commonly, the disappointment and disenchantment at life is the frame for a new, fresh canvas. A mental illness diagnosis is the beginning of authentic and abundant life for D’Amore Healthcare’s patients. As the trusted highest level of care, D’Amore provides resources and tools that a patient can’t find when they are under the chemical restraint of a hospital or, in the dullness of board and care. Finding and enjoying mental wellness deserves so much more. Our intensive program is set apart for the brave, relentless person who wants a better life and demands dignity and options in the process. Accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by State of California Community Care Licensing (Department of Social Services and Department of Health Care Services), D’Amore Healthcare provides stabilization, a foundation for mental wellness. Stabilization is achieved through the following modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strategic Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Positive Psychology and D’Amore’s Signature Positive Reinforcement Program, “Build Me Up”
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Strategic Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Integrative Functional Medicine
  • Reality Therapy

 

In stride with Pema Chodron’s articulate observation, patients who complete D’Amore’s program are considered warriors. “So even if the hot loneliness is there, and for 1.6 seconds we sit with that restlessness when yesterday we couldn’t sit for even one, that is the journey of the warrior.” The warrior feels pain and knows stigma, knows chaos. Yet, seizes their own space, to discover and rely on new tools, while developing a resilient support system that is bigger than any diagnosis. The patient that graduates our 30 – 45 day stabilization program is more compassionate than the person who first admitted to care because our therapies, structure, love and boundaries create beliefs around overcoming, enough, purpose, abundance, community and mercy. Our unique program applies Gracious Redundancy and Positive Reinforcements to develop: a. self-trust, b. trust of others, c. self-respect, d. respect for others.

 

More About Gracious Redundancy and Positive Reinforcements

With time, psychiatric care, medication, 24 hour support, structure, nutrition, sleep, therapy, and recreation, mental illness becomes mental wellness. Factually speaking, the two cornerstone’s girding D’Amore Heathcare’s philosophy ensure the best delivery of these repeated healing practices.

 

Human beings do not create healthy habits by accident. A healthy habit requires modeling, guidance, education, self-awareness and positive reinforcements. Treating mental illness requires new patterns of behavior and thinking. For these to last, both Gracious Redundancy and Positive Reinforcements need to be present so new memories, endorphins, dopamine, hormonal balances not only stabilize the other simultaneous biochemical processes, but give way to self-regulation. Often, it’s not possible for the patient to give enough grace or positive reinforcement to themselves. But, provided with close supervision, encouragement, prompting and reassurance, healthy habits become the patient’s new normal, due to the external force of D’Amore’s careful delivery of services.

 

Gracious Redundancy

Compassion is first at D’Amore Healthcare. Delivered in a thousand ways, from homemade cookies to lengthy psychiatric appointments, compassion is packaged as Gracious Redundancy here. We do the same things several ways, we explain the same concept several ways and these actions and concepts, protracted over time, treat the spirit and the chronic brain disorder.

 

Have you noticed the ways that the airlines have provided passengers with life-saving information for decades? Emergency information, facts about the airplane, information about the staff, seat assignments or related designations like boarding group, even in flight food or beverage options, it’s provided in writing, it’s provided verbally, and it’s stated more than once in a gracious, professional tone to ensure a pleasant experience for the passenger.

 

Similarly, D’Amore Healthcare ensures a foundation for healthy living by treating the psychiatric needs while caring for the whole person. Our unique Program develops an attainable individualized treatment plan in a setting that stirs and addresses cognitive, written, verbal, physical, emotional, social, legal, spiritual and financial needs. Individuals are not in the habit of receiving this warmth, structure and hope. Gracious Redundancy guides our Team to ensure patients are spoken to with the same unconditional positive regard, whether they are having a brave day or a fearful day, whether they are reticent to engage in group work or, fully enthralled. Gracious Redundancy guides our providers and practitioners to reflect back what they hear, ensure clarity, provide options and use patient autonomy as the axis point for the deep, abiding respect our patients receive.

 

Positive Reinforcements

The reinforcement theory of motivation informs us that an individual’s behavior is a function of its consistent consequences. It is based on “law of effect”, i.e, individual’s behavior with positive consequences tends to be repeated, but individual’s behavior with negative consequences tends not to be repeated. Patients at D’Amore are sensitive to the presence or absence of a reinforcer to the degree of our Gracious Redundancy. B. F. Skinner’s operant conditioning (positive reinforcement) gets to the heart of behavior change by showing individuals the power of positive behavior and positive rewards. While much of society is rewarding or demonizing behavior that is lethal or toxic, D’Amore Healthcare is recognizing brave warriors who learn to sit in restlessness, loss, or loneliness for 0.6 seconds more than they were able to manage yesterday. While the criminal justice system punishes people, without showing them what to do in replacement of a lethal, toxic or civically wayward behavior, D’Amore Healthcare is building self-efficacy by celebrating new healthy behaviors with a variety of reward options.

 

Mental illness progresses in silence, distortion and disorder, literally creating more disorder. Mental illness deepens and broadens in the quiet and the dark. Any mental illness reduces self-efficacy (the ability to problem solve through life’s unexpected events) and human connection. In the silence, shame’s voice(s) have power. But, in D’Amore’s care, shame has no home. Our patients learn to live independently with their diagnosis. Dignity replaces shame and problem solving overpowers isolation.

 

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