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Wednesday, 03 March 2010 15:16

Anxiety Self Test

  • Everyone struggles with anxiety from time to time but when anxiety gets out of control it can be incapacitating.
  • When we allow our anxiety to get really high, we run the risk of having panic attacks.
  • Panic attacks can take on many different forms which at times makes it difficult to identify if this is a panic attack or a physical condition.
  • When we are not coping in a healthy way with our anxiety we tend to take this tension into our work, home life and relationships.

Self-evaluation: Do I suffer from an anxiety disorder?

Wednesday, 03 March 2010 15:14

Bipolar Disorder Self Test

  • Bipolar disorder is when individuals have periods of feeling "up" and then periods of feeling "down"
  • There are many different patterns to the cycles of bipolar.
  • Many individuals with bipolar disorder want to treat the depression because it is so uncomfortable yet do not want to treat the mania because it can feel good.
  • Many individuals with bipolar disorder tend to stop taking their medications as a result of the above.

Self-evaluation: Am I bipolar?

  • Most people with ADHD/ADD believe that they are less intelligent than most but in reality, people with this disorder tend to be above average intelligence.
  • People with ADHD/ADD tend to be very creative.
  • This disorder can cause a lot of problems in interpersonal relationships due to the impulsivity and difficulty focusing.
  • Most people with this disorder struggled in school.

Self-evaluation: Do I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

  • There are so many women who suffer from PTSD as a result of some type of traumatic event.
  • There is not one specific type of event that can cause PTSD.
  • Many individuals with PTSD use alcohol or other substances as a way to cope with their disorder.
  • Many individuals who have PTSD are misdiagnosed with other disorders because the symptoms can be very similar to those of other disorders.
  • Many women go untreated for their PTSD.

Self-evaluation: Do I have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 19:16

Impaired Professional Realignment

Psychiatric disorders, alcoholism and drug dependency can be totally devastating for the individual woman and all those she is connected with.

This can be even more so for a physician, attorney or other professional who has high demands and expectations placed upon them each day by their clients and the public.

Due to this and their professional licensing, the decision to seek treatment can be even more difficult for such professionals. The stigma and shame, which seems to be all too judgmental for such women, can be a huge barrier from seeking support and assistance.

At Brookhaven Retreat, we make no such judgments of anyone. How the problem evolved is not as important of a therapeutic issue as is what you will do about it.

On many occasions, the professional will seek treatment because of an intervention organized by their family, licensing board or other regulatory agencies. We know we need to be particularly sensitive when this happens.

We have a dedicated impaired professional therapy leader who is highly experienced in helping these women work and grow from the specialized program developed for Brookhaven Retreat. Based on research and a range of modalities, these combined formats produce extraordinary results.

Professionals do not want to go through treatment repeatedly, so it is our goal from the onset to identify the severity of the issues and the scope of the overall picture. The Lily™ program includes large elements of life coaching, which is particularly relevant and suited to professional women.

The impaired professional client group may include:

  • Doctors and other health care professionals
  • Executives
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pilots
  • Stockbrokers
  • Scientists
  • Police and firefighters
  • Clergy
  • Teachers and educators

A professional will normally be in our 90-day program in order to return to work with a solid recovery base and an intensive discharge plan, along with a 2-year tracking and support system.

Admissions and Referrals

Referrals and admissions to Brookhaven Retreat for the impaired professional realignment may be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Back To Your Care

If you are a referring physician or healthcare provider, we will notify you regarding the care and arrangements that have been planned for your patient once she leaves Brookhaven Retreat and reenters the community.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010 14:43

Stress Self Test

  • All people deal with stress on a daily basis. Stress is just the way we adapt to changes in our environment.
  • If we do not learn to manage our stress levels in a more healthy manner it can cause long term physical and psychological problems.
  • Some people feel that they thrive under stress but this can also be very difficult on the body and soul.
  • Our lack of coping skills regarding stress often causes us to lash out at those we love.

Self-evaluation: Am I suffering from excessive stress?

Monday, 22 February 2010 23:16

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Self Test

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder can take on a variety of forms.
  • This disorder can be very disruptive to one’s life.
  • Many of us like to think that we are perfectionists rather than obsessive compulsive and that our perfectionism has served us well in our lives.
  • This disorder can also disrupt the lives of those around us greatly.

Self-evaluation: Do I have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:58

Recreational Therapy

Recreational therapy is critical to rebuilding trust. We have many kinds of recreational therapy and most clients have had extreme trust issues in their background. And rebuilding trust for their peers, the professionals that are working with them, and indeed trusting themselves is the whole process we go through in the recreational therapies is to understand what trust is, what it means to you, when you can trust, and when you can't trust.

Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:57

Nature & Relaxation Therapy

Nature has almost become non-existent to people that are in addiction and using because they isolate themselves. Some people here can't remember how to smell a flower; they've stopped seeing the seasons; they've stopped enjoying just the day-to-day beauty of life. So we have a lot of nature trails and nature activities involving water, just the leaves around you, just the grass that you tread on, so that they start appreciating just the gift of life itself and the five senses that they have. We try to help them restore those senses, appreciate them, so they are totally aware of everything that's going on around them because during use, they often have lost all awareness of what is actually going on around them. Their whole drive is to get to the next opportunity to find their numbing out source.

Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:56

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is critical because we have very individual care plans. In those plans, there are some traumas in your life that you can never talk to a group or even your family or friends about and it will be exclusive to you to and your professional clinician to discuss such issues. You have a choice whether to tell your story to anybody else, but in the event you can't and you never will and will never want to, individual therapy is the most precious place for you.

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