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Recovery and Relapse Prevention Program
Your moods are powerful POWERFULL influencers in your life and mine.Hello my name is Colleen and my job here at Bayridge is to help you find the right recovery program! Every single day I speak with mood sufferers just like you to find real answers to the very tough questions of living with the overwhelming and scary emotions of anxiety and or depression.
Recent research sounds the alarm bell that early detection and early treatment is critical for good outcomes. Trust me you do not want to ignore this medical problem. If you don’t believe me, just ask anyone that has a severe case of anxiety or depression. They NEVER EVER want to go back there. It is a very dark place.
Our program works! It has proven to be successful over and over again for those suffering with stress, depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder.
Well then read on!
Often people would like to know, “Will I always be on medication?” “Is there anything I can do to help myself?” With depression and anxiety there just aren’t any guarantees, but there are certainly proven strategies that can help to get you symptom free and feeling good. Let’s take a look at what we can do for you and more importantly, what you can do for yourself!
At Bayridge, we strongly believe in a more holistic systemic approach. We like to look at the bigger picture, the whole person. So although medications are great, they don’t solve the whole problem because you are more than just some chemicals. We often say, “Meds are like water wings, they keep you floating but they don’t teach you how to swim!”
Medication may be helpful in bringing down the intensity of the emotions you are feeling. It may help your concentration, sleeping and slowing down a racing mind. Some research studies show that they alleviate about 50% of the symptoms or bring the intensity down about 50%.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 50% OR WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COME OFF MY MEDICATION?
Good questions and that’s where our program can help! Depression and Anxiety can be brought on by a number of factors. If depression or anxiety runs in your family it can be passed on genetically. Now that doesn’t mean that offspring of parents with depression and anxiety will get it for sure, it just means they will be more predisposed. Another factor is psychological; how you deal with your environment and life stresses will also play a big part of you getting sick. Psychological interventions are very important for a full recovery. Lastly, our interpersonal relationships play a huge part in our moods. In our program use have specialist that are trained Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) to process through toxic or difficult relationship.
Our programs are based on you as an individual. What are your needs? I start by bringing you in to meet with me. In our meeting I will get some details on your background and history. Then we talk. I need to know what you want and what your goals are. From there we can look at your options in our relapse prevention program.
For those who are still not convinced read on.
You need to get to the point where you’re ready to say “Never again!” Never again will I let depression/anxiety dictate my life. Never again will I stay home because I’m too anxious to go out to a party, or to work or to a family function. Humans have a need to change things in their life when they get disturbed enough. But equally important, is you have to know what you’re going to do instead, you can’t just be moving away from a problem, you have to move towards something you want. You have to know exactly what you’re after. Now you need an action plan, and we at Bayridge have just the right one for you!!
One of the most important things is helping change your beliefs. What is a belief? The Oxford dictionary defines “belief” this way; “acceptance as true”. If you believe you can’t get up at 6:00am, you won’t. If you believe you need 10 hours sleep, you better believe you’ll get it because you’ll think you can’t function without it. If you believe you have no control over your depression/anxiety, you won’t because why bother if you’re already certain nothing is going to help.
Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right, because when you feel certain about something you’re going to find it, you’re going to make it happen. Our job here at the clinic is helping you change you’re beliefs so that you’re certain you can change your depression/anxiety, and we are going to give you the tools to do so. The most clinically proven strategy, and equally effective as medication, is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This is the cornerstone of our program.
So let’s look at the Bayridge Action Plan for Recovery and Relapse Prevention, CLICK HERE.
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