Mental Health Treatment

Every day, millions of people suffer from a clearly diagnosable mental illness that may include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and trauma issues. Left untreated, these illnesses create a degree of incapacity that interferes with relationships, employment, school attendance and activities of daily living.

Lakeside has long been a leader in the treatment of illnesses that effect mental health. Our programs allow each person to grow and learn from those in similar situations. Each patient gains the education, skills training and symptom management to cope effectively with their illness and life stressors. Lakeside’s Mental Health Program is an opportunity to bring joy back into their lives.

Treatment Components

  • Coping Skills Training
  • Identification of Warning Signs and Triggers
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbalization of Feelings
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Identification of Negative Thought Patterns
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Addressing Unresolved Grief and Trauma
  • Medication Management

An individual evaluation is conducted by a needs-­‐assessment staff member. This assessment becomes the basis of a treatment plan that is developed for each participant. The therapist works with the patient to develop goals that address the patient’s current problems. The treatment plan is reevaluated periodically to measure progress and improvements.

Family members are encouraged to become active participants with their loved ones. This is an opportunity to explore feelings and thoughts that have affected the entire family, ask questions, and to learn from others dealing with similar situations.

Mental Health Facts

During any one-year period, up to 50 million Americans -- more than 22 percent -- suffer from a clearly diagnosable mental disorder involving a degree of incapacity that interferes with relationships, employment, attendance at school, or activities of daily life.

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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses that cause people to suffer from excessive worry and abnormal feelings of nervousness without particular causes, which cannot be alleviated through normal actions.

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Depression is a depressive disorder that involves a person's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns, and is not the same as being unhappy or in a "blue" mood, nor is it a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Treatment is often necessary and many times crucial to recovery.

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Panic disorder is characterized by chronic, repeated and unexpected panic attacks -- bouts of overwhelming fear of being in danger when there is no specific cause for the fear. In-between panic attacks, the person worries excessively about when and where the next attack may occur.

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According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), a phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity.

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an unreasonable thought, fear, or worry that he or she tries to manage through a ritualized activity to reduce the anxiety. In summary, frequently occurring disturbing thoughts or images are called obsessions, and the rituals performed to try to prevent or dispel them are called compulsions.

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