Mental illnesses are characterized by problems that people experience with their mind (thoughts) and their mood (feelings). They are not well understood in terms of their causes, but the symptoms of mental illness are scientifically valid and well known. Treatment — usually involving both PSR (group therapy) and/or medication — for most types of mental illness and mental health concerns is readily available and, eventually, effective for most people.
People with Schizophrenia often experience isolation while their loved one’s may experience frustration and helplessness. Reflections PSR provides education regarding one’s mental illness which can lead to better understanding of the symptoms and treatment options therefore creating acceptance and a willingness to learn effective coping skills that can significantly improve functioning, reduce isolation and improve relationships.
Reflections Psychosocial Rehabilitation provides a structured program where people with Schizophrenia not only have opportunities for social interaction with peers experiencing the same mental illness, but they receive psychoeducation on self-care, social skills, communication skills, independent living skills that include healthy hygiene habits and employment readiness skills. Thoughts and behaviors can be significantly different for those who experience Schizophrenia and it can create noticeable problems with forming or maintaining relationships, even close relationships with family. The detachment from reality can impact the person experiencing Schizophrenia in numerous ways that affect their self-care, independence and daily functioning.
Reflections PSR program helps to educate the person regarding Schizophrenia so they can better understand their experience. The person experiencing Schizophrenia may experience disorganized speech or disorganized behaviors that cause communication and interaction to be incoherent and may become challenging for loved ones or caregivers. Persons with Schizophrenia could also be distracted by hallucinations and find it very challenging to focus on interactions because of the constant distraction of hearing voices or seeing things. Delusions seem very real to the person with Schizophrenia and frequently causes alienation from others as it is difficult for people with schizophrenia to understand that their delusions are not reality. Schizophrenia is primarily a thought disorder where one experiences hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and disorganized behavior. Hallucinations can be auditory (hearing voices), visual (seeing things that are not there), tactile (feeling things that are not there) and to a lesser extent, olfactory (experiencing odd smells).
Bipolar disorder may cause you to feel out of control and have a sense of unpredictability in life. Reflections PSR can offer support in dealing with the roller coaster life experience by helping to stabilize your mood and inform you about the ways that bipolar disorder impacts you. It can be difficult for you and your loved ones, as the moods are so extreme and debilitating that they really take their toll.
At Reflections PSR, you have the opportunity to engage in group discussions led by qualified therapists who with psychoeducation inform the group on facts regarding the disorder, teach coping skills for symptom management and educate on medication management. Within the consistent, structured and caring environment that Reflections provides, you can forge social interactions with peers and receive support and guidance from staff.
Persons with bipolar disorder experience extreme moods; mania or depression. The word bipolar which means two extreme poles. During a manic episode they may experience racing thoughts where it is difficult to focus on any one thing. The experience of mania may actually feel good but can have negative consequences. You may feel euphoric, have excessive energy, be unable to sleep and make poor decisions. With bipolar disorder, you may spend money irresponsibly or engage in very risky behaviors such as indiscriminate sexual activity. You may talk rapidly and excessively and your brain may feel it is working non-stop. During a manic episode, you may feel like you can do anything and may try to accomplish things believing nothing can stop you.
Then very suddenly, you can crash from a manic episode of feeling on top of the world to being severely depressed. Your depressive symptoms can include extreme sadness, crying, lack of interest in doing anything and it can become so severe that you can have financial loss, work and relationship issue and could even begin to have suicidal thoughts.
There is hope. At Reflections the person with bipolar disorder can learn about medication options and the importance of medication compliance. You can learn and share with staff and peers beneficial coping skills and learn to identify triggers and signs of changes in mood and best ways to address these changes. Most of all, at Reflections you will receive care and support.
At Reflections Wellness Center, we really understand how you may feel experiencing depression. With depression, you often feel like no one will understand. Depression is a disorder where your mood is low which also affects your motivation and interest. Group therapy in our PSR program can be especially useful for symptoms of depression such as sadness, worthlessness, anxiety and hopelessness. When experiencing depression, you may falsely believe that being depressed is a sign of weakness and become worried that others will also see you as weak or defective and feel you may be judged by others for not just “getting your act together.” This can increase your feeling of low self-worth and anxiety.
When experiencing depression, you may say “I don’t feel like doing anything.” We know that you may experience a lack of interest or enthusiasm in activities that you normally enjoy. Simple daily tasks such as shower or other basic hygiene tasks become a great chore. Your depression may cause you not to enjoy being with friends, go to work or do your favorite activities. Another symptom of depression is impairment of concentration, focus and forgetfulness. This can make it difficult to be in social situations or to be able to focus on simple tasks which become especially problematic at work. Other depressive symptoms may include difficulty sleeping (insomnia), sleeping too much (hypersomnia) and lack of appetite. The feelings of hopelessness and helplessness compound your experience as you could begin to wonder if this is how you will feel for the rest of your life. While experiencing depression you may want to do something to change the situation, but you just don’t have the energy to do so.
If you are experiencing any of these depressive symptoms, don’t wait until you feel worse. Our qualified and caring staff are here to help. In group therapy, you can freely express your experience with depression without feeling that you may be judged. Being understood by the staff will help you to feel as though you are not alone and offer hope that you will feel better.