All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
In 2016, nearly 60 percent of Skyland Trail patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of major depression. Skyland Trail offers primary psychiatric residential and day treatment programs for adults, ages 18 to 65 and older.
Several elements of the evidence-based treatment program at Skyland Trail collectively help clients with depression improve their mood and get better.
Medication Management: Effective medication management is an important tool to reduce the symptoms of major depression. While there is no one recipe for success, six Skyland Trail staff psychiatrists are all skilled at developing an effective medication strategy for each client, one that improves mood, concentration and energy, while minimizing side effects.
Expert Therapists: Skyland Trail therapists receive ongoing training in evidence-based therapeutic modalities for depression, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Clients are matched with a specialized primary counselor and peer group based on their depression diagnosis, and they receive skills-based therapy targeted to address their symptoms.
Future Focused: Skyland Trail clients are not asked to go back in time to analyze the historical antecedents that led to their depression. Reiterating what happened in childhood and all the bad things that have happened perpetuates the idea that someone should feel sad. While the role of the past is acknowledged, treatment is focused on the present, specifically on recalibrating thinking. Clients are empowered to reframe their thinking, so that when difficult situations arise, they can choose to think in a way that counteracts feelings of sadness, worthlessness or hopelessness. Helping clients replace “automatic negative thoughts” with healthy thoughts changes the feedback loop and contributes to an improved mood.
Behavioral Activation: When someone is depressed and does not feel like doing anything, that is exactly the time to be active. That means exercise. That means socialization. That means not going back to bed and isolating for the rest of the day. The Skyland Trail treatment team employs behavioral activation to help clients understand – and feel - the link between behavior and mood. Multidisciplinary experts help clients adopt strategies to use exercise, socialization, and hobbies like art, music, and gardening as tools to stay healthy.
Our Healing Community: When someone is depressed, her world tends to shrink. She spends an inordinate amount of time looking internally. That can be a recipe for continued depression. Being part of a community, thinking about and helping others, and receiving recognition for contributions to the community is a really important part of reaching remission from depression.
Together, these approaches help Skyland Trail clients make lasting changes in how they think and interact with the world. After completing the treatment program, clinical outcomes research indicated that clients are more able to function in their daily lives and have improved feelings of hope.
About Skyland TrailLocated in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Through our residential and day treatment programs, we help our clients grow, recover and reclaim their lives. We’re focused on individuals with complex mental health issues, helping them understand that they can be – and are – more than a diagnosis. We offer expert, evidence-based psychiatric care alongside a compassionate, holistic path to wellness. Our integrated mental, medical, and social model helps clients develop strategies to improve mental health, physical wellness, independence, and relationships with family and friends. Unique therapies offered include music, art and horticultural therapy; workforce and school readiness; primary care services; family therapy; and healthy living and nutrition coaching. Learn more at www.skylandtrail.org