Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Anxiety disorders involve a feeling of excessive anxiety and worry most of the time, for an extended period of time. It is exhausting and interferes with many of life’s activities. This debilitating condition can result in health problems, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and disturbed sleep. A person with this difficulty cannot easily stop worrying or feeling anxious. The wilderness setting offers a soothing alternative to talk therapy in a building. Mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapies, medication, and experiential therapy help a client move from a chronic and overwhelming fear to a sense of peace and confidence. Click here to read a blog story that one of our therapists wrote about treating anxiety.
Bipolar Disorder can be exhausting and painful for both the individual suffering from it and their loved ones. The individual with Bipolar Disorder experiences severe highs and lows called manic episodes. A manic episode is a period of time in which the person has a euphoric or elevated mood, including an inflated self-esteem, pressured or rapid speech, increasing desire for interpersonal relations such as talking with strangers, and a decreased need for sleep. Irritability, bouts of severe depression with dangerous or self-harming behaviors, compulsive sex, shopping, or unstable social relationships are best treated with medication and cognitive behavioral therapies. Wilderness therapy is an interruption or time-out of the chaotic cycle, providing individuals with assessment stabilization and long-term treatment planning. Our therapists are informed by dialectical approaches and provide family members, parents and siblings, with ongoing support in order to deal with this challenge. In our safe setting, individuals with Bi-polar Disorder have the time to gain perspective and accept treatment, moving out of denial.
Many who suffer from depression describe it as a black cloud that follows them around and becomes the norm. Depression is more than feeling sad. Depression feels hopeless and helpless, with the belief that nothing will make a difference. A depressed person may experience the loss of appetite, change in sleep pattern, loss of interest or pleasure, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, suicidal thoughts or impulses. It is important to note that many teens and young-adults will seem irritable or agitated rather than the classic sullen presentations. Self-harm, risky behaviors, anger, or substance abuse are all possible outcomes for those with depression. In addition to the traditional therapeutic approaches, wilderness therapy naturally offers aspects of treatment associated with improved mood such as a healthy diet, exercise, plenty of sleep, and reduced time in front of computers or other green screens.
OCD is a type of anxiety disorder. A person with these struggles has recurring obsessions and compulsions that take up a considerable amount of time, cause distress, and impair normal functioning. Obsessions are repeated thoughts about contamination, doubts, need to have things in order, or sexual imagery. Compulsions are mental acts or repeated behaviors. Compulsions are often used to prevent the stress or anxiety brought on by the obsession. During the course of the disorder the person realizes that his/her obsessions and compulsions are excessive and more unreasonable than general worry or anxiety. Exposure therapy and cognitive therapies can be combined to create a very effective treatment for those struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.