Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

This week, Daylight Savings Time ends, triggering a loss of light and the beginning of winter.

New Jersey residents know that winters can be rough. It starts snowing in October, our cars are buried through March, and the roads are strewn with potholes for the rest of the year.

But for some individuals, the coming cold means more than just shoveling and defrosting–it means overwhelming sadness and lethargy that can’t be shaken until the next spring.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is characterized by feelings of low energy and depression during late fall and winter. While symptoms of SAD are nearly identical to depression, an individual will only experience these symptoms during certain parts of the year.

SAD most often occurs during seasons of the year with limited or reduced sunlight. This is most likely due to the body’s dependence on light to produce serotonin and to balance levels of melatonin, a chemical that is produced in the dark. Consider your body’s natural tendency to desire rest at night. In the same way, increased exposure to darkness in the winter, can cause an individual to feel especially withdrawn and lethargic.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The following symptoms, if experienced during specific seasons, may be an indication of SAD. If experienced year-round, these symptoms may indicate another diagnosis such as major depressive disorder.

  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in diet
  • Irritability
  • Isolation from others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of hopelessness and persistent sadness
  • Abnormal sensitivity to rejection
  • Weight gain or loss

 

Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is most prevalent in young adults and teenagers, and, like depression, occurs most often in females. Individuals can help to reduce the effects of SAD by spending time outside. Exposure to natural light (not the harsh blue and white light of computers and smartphones) can help to boost one’s mood.

Individuals experiencing SAD may also benefit from therapy lights or softer lighting at home. In some cases, those with SAD are best helped through professional treatment or medication. If you or someone you know may be experiencing SAD, you should discuss treatment options with your doctor.

General Mental Health Programs at GenPsych

The Adult Psychiatric Program at GenPsych is an intensive and comprehensive program offered to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. Adults receive support, guidance, treatment, and education in a safe and calming environment without fear of judgment. We help you learn the skills you need to manage your symptoms, gain control, and cope with the daily stressors or triggers in your life.

To request an assessment for GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

Anxiety and Depression in College Students

College students across the nation are facing a rising problem–and it isn’t just the cost of tuition.

According to recent statistics, the number of college students being diagnosed and seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has risen dramatically in the past five years.

Nationwide, 17% of college students were diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and 13.9% were diagnosed with or treated for depression…That is up from 11.6% for anxiety and 10.7% for depression in the spring 2011 survey.” –American College Health Association, Wall Street Journal

The reason? To start, it is important to understand that many mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder become symptomatic in one’s late teens and early 20s.

But, beyond this biological tendency (which aligns perfectly with one’s “college years”), external stressors, such as finances, classes, and moving out, can play a large role in one’s mental health.

“Researchers suspect that people are predisposed to develop [mental illness] from birth or childhood, but don’t exhibit symptoms until they hit a particular phase of development and/or certain stressors,” according to NBC.

With the state of the economy, high cost of tuition, and pressure to get a job after college, it’s no wonder that students are feeling added stress.

Wall Street Journal writer Andrea Petersen adds that other contributors may be social media and “a so-called helicopter-parenting style that doesn’t allow adolescents to experience failure.”

She further quotes Micky M. Sharma, director of Ohio State’s Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service: “The coping, the resiliency is not where we want it to be. That’s a bad combination.”

Learning to Cope

For those who experience anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses, stress and distress can be difficult to overcome. At GenPsych, our mental health programs focus on skill-based therapies that help clients to cope with both internal and external stressors in their life.

Adult Mental Health Services at GenPsych

GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs are designed to help individuals manage their symptoms and regain control of their lives. Through these comprehensive programs (which include a separate Anxiety/Trauma track), clients can receive the support and education they need in a supporting environment free from judgement.

Our programs include individual, group, and family counseling, as well as medication management. Transportation is available for most New Jersey residents.

Learn more about our Adult Psychiatric Programs here.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

Thank You to the Bully

From Bullied to Empowered using DBT

GenPsych, in collaboration with John Mopper from Blueprint Mental Health, will be offering its free DBT in-services for staff and/or students in the fall and winter.

This presentation, “Thank You to the Bully” takes a different approach to coping with (and even learning to appreciate) bullies through DBT skills. It can be presented to staff as an in-service or to a large or small group of students. See below for full description.

For more information or to schedule this presentation, contact John Mopper, LAC at john@blueprintmentalhealth.com or call (908) 256-6965.


Description:

I know that the topic of bullying has been at the forefront of school counseling and mental health in general over the past few years. But seriously, how many presentations and trainings can we really have on this topic? I’m sure that at this point your fingers are calloused from all of the HIB reports you have had to fill out. Well, I’d like to offer just one more presentation on bullying, and I can assure you that this one is definitely not like anything you have seen so far.

Using DBT as the model, “Thank You to the Bully” will discuss how our handling of conflict with others and how we overcome obstacles in our lives are the foundation of the building of a person’s character. We will discuss finding gratitude for the bully, for that bully is offering us an opportunity to find strength and power within ourselves and affording us the ability to build resilience within to deal with what the future may throw at us.

The following 5 modules will be covered in a 1-1.5 hour presentation:

  1. Mindfulness: Am I really being bullied?
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to be assertive and get what you want
  3. Distress Tolerance: How to avoid doing something impulsive and stupid
  4. The Middle Path: Compassion for the bully/Behaviorism
  5. Emotion Regulation: Checking the facts

This presentation can be offered as an in-service to counselors and teachers as a different approach to treating students who are being bullied. It can also be presented to a large group of students or a smaller group of students who may present a greater need for this information.

For more information, visit blueprintmentalhealth.com

Youth Program NJ

Youth Program Now in Livingston

The GenPsych Adolescent Program (GAP) in Livingston is introducing a new program and location for Fall 2016!

Youth Program in Livingston

GAP is now offering its Youth Program for children 8-12 at its Livingston location.

Our Partial Care (PC)Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and traditional outpatient programs provide treatment for various issues including anxiety, depression, defiance, anger, school refusal, and more.

Through group and individual therapy, children will improve in areas such as self-esteem, behavioral issues, and family dynamics.

At GAP, we offer a wide range of supportive and creative therapies, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Wellness & Mindfulness
  • Anger Management
  • Family Therapy
  • and more!

New Suite in Livingston

Our GAP Livingston program will soon be moving to a new location. Find us across the courtyard of Regent Park in Suite 511!

5 Regent Street, Suite 511

Livingston, NJ 07039

For more information, contact Community Liaison Specialist Casey Shamy at cshamy@genpsych.com.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ

Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ: Addressing an Epidemic

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

In 2014, opiate and opioid overdoses killed more than 28 thousand Americans (The Associated Press). According to the CDC, 1,253 (or 4.5 percent) of these deaths occurred in New Jersey. While such statistics can be overwhelming, state and nationwide treatment for addiction is improving and becoming more accessible. (Read more about Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ below.)

The Opioid Epidemic

“The latest overdose outbreak shows just how dangerous the heroin epidemic has gotten,” reads one of today’s Washington Post headlines following 26 overdoses in just four hours in Huntington, West Virginia.

Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate, and the ‘heroin epidemic’ contributes to the larger opioid epidemic. (Other semi-synthetic opiates include commonly prescribed drugs such as oxycodone. For more information on types of opiates, read here.)

This epidemic, which includes abuse of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids, is considered be the worst public health crisis in recent US history.

In NJ alone, nearly 270 thousand adults use pain relievers for non-medical purposes.

In order to address the opioid epidemic, a number of laws have been created to increase funding for opioid treatment and better regulate painkiller prescriptions. NJ has begun to see such funding, receiving $1 million in March 2016.

“The money will be used primarily for medication-assisted treatment. Heroin and opioid admissions accounted for 49 percent of all substance abuse admissions in New Jersey, the highest in at least a decade.” -NJ.com

An additional $22 million could be added to state funding under President Obama’s new $1.1 billion treatment and prevention plan.

Currently, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is available at GenPsych.

Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ

GenPsych’s Opioid Addiction Treatment

GenPsych specializes in the treatment of opiate addiction and is licensed to provide Suboxone for medically-assisted detoxification through our Ambulatory Detox Program.

This outpatient detox program allows individuals to receive medication, support, and recovery resources during the day, while returning to their homes at night. Ambulatory detox from drugs and alcohol is available at our Bridgewater and Brick locations.

For those who have safely detoxed and are seeking continued opioid addiction treatment NJ, we offer Adult Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment programs throughout our four locations.

We accept all private insurance and can schedule same day or next (business) day appointments.

Transportation accommodations are available for most New Jersey residents.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Outpatient Detox at GenPsych

3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

Learn more about GenPsych’s outpatient detox program here.

When breaking the cycle of addiction, treatment must address both mental and physical health. During detoxification from drugs and alcohol, some may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can make quitting a strenuous process on the body. However, with medical assistance, detox is made safer and easier through clinical support and withdrawal medication, such as Suboxone.

In some cases, individuals can choose between inpatient and outpatient detox programs. No single program is right for everyone, so it’s important to consider all options before making your decision.

What is outpatient detox?

When people think of addiction recovery, they often think of an inpatient stay. They might picture a celebrity going away for a few months at a California rehab or hospital. Outpatient detox, by comparison, looks a little bit more like visiting your local doctor for a checkup or going to a therapist regularly. During outpatient detox, an individual attends program during the day and returns home at night. Treatment lengths vary depending upon individual need.

3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

Continue living your life.

Life doesn’t stop for your addiction, and it doesn’t stop for recovery. While getting away and focusing entirely on recovery is often optimal, taking a break from life isn’t always realistic. For those who are juggling treatment and a family, school, or work, outpatient detox accommodates their needs. Clients are able to receive the treatment, support, and medication they need, while still being able to live their lives.

Practice learned skills in real time.

One of the benefits of inpatient detox is its isolation from the outside world. Patients are completely removed from the temptations of drugs or alcohol (such as their medicine cabinet, local liquor stores, or peers). However, life in recovery isn’t always so isolated, and eventually an inpatient stay ends, thrusting an individual back into life’s stressors and urges. Outpatient detox better simulates real life. Each day, an individual is faced with the world around them, and is given the opportunity to practice the coping skills they have learned in treatment. Instead of just talking about relapse prevention, clients put these messages into action, and are better prepared to transition once treatment ends.

Receive longer length of care.

The reality of inpatient detox is that it isn’t always covered by insurance, at least not for as long as it is needed. Without complete treatment, an individual is put at an increased risk of relapse. Outpatient detox is a good option for those who are experiencing difficulty getting coverage or who could not otherwise afford residential care. It makes recovery more accessible and possible for many individuals who are struggling with addiction. Always talk to a facility about insurance coverage and payment before enrolling in a program.

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program provides individuals with all of the benefits of a detox program without the inpatient stay. Our clients receive support and medication for withdrawal and attend groups to receive education and skills in coping and relapse prevention. Transportation accommodations are provided in-state and lunch is included daily.

For Frequently Asked Questions about our Ambulatory Detox program, click here.

GenPsych accepts all private insurance and is a licensed Suboxone provider.

Assessments are scheduled 24/7 and we offer same day or next business day appointments. 

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

 

nj eating disorder facility

NJ Eating Disorder Facility

Eating Disorder Treatment

For those struggling with eating disorders, finding the appropriate treatment is crucial. Considered the deadliest of all psychological disorders, eating or feeding disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS) often require intensive medical care. A NJ Eating Disorder Facility can help an individual to regain control of their life and develop positive relationships with food and their body.

Types of Treatment

Inpatient Care

During an inpatient program, individuals are hospitalized and monitored 24/7. Patients live, eat, sleep, and attend program at a single facility. An inpatient program may be considered necessary for those who have co-occurring issues, such as depression, anxiety, or substance use, or if their condition is considered very severe. It is important to speak with your insurance company before entering an inpatient program to ensure coverage.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient eating disorder programs allow individuals to attend treatment during the day and return home in the evenings. Length and frequency of treatment vary upon the individual’s level of care. Clients will often participate in group meals during an outpatient program due to the importance of healthy eating skills for recovery. Some outpatient facilities, like GenPsych, will also treat co-occurring disorders.

GenPsych’s NJ Eating Disorder Facility

The Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program offers a variety of services for those struggling with eating disorders.

Our Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs provide group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. (Click here for more information on program times and offerings.)

Participants receive education and skills to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.

Therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), art and music therapy, writing, and yoga. Family education and support is available.

All private insurances are accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information on our Eating Disorder Programs or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Bulimia Treatment

One to three percent of Americans struggle with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging. While this disorder is not uncommon, especially in individuals in their early to mid-twenties, many do not receive the treatment they need. For more information on NJ bulimia treatment and how you can get help, read below.

What is bulimia?

Unlike anorexia, those experiencing bulimia nervosa do not restrict their eating. Rather, individuals with bulimia eat normal to large amounts of food regularly before inducing vomiting to prevent weight gain. (Some may also overexercise or fast.) Like anorexia, bulimia manifests from a deep fear of gaining weight, and can co-exist with other mental illnesses.

Symptoms & Signs of Bulimia

It is a common misconception that those who struggle with bulimia are very thin. Rather, individuals may appear to be of average or even more than average weight and still practice bulimic behaviors.

Behavioral Signs

  • Binge eating
  • Habitually going to the bathroom during or after meals
  • Compulsive or impulsive behaviors
  • Withdrawn mood or isolation from others
  • Obsession with eating, food, or body
  • Overexercising
  • Apparent depression, anxiety, guilt, or self-esteem issues

Physical Signs

  • Dehydration, hunger, or fatigue
  • Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
  • Constipation or change in bowel activity
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath or tooth decay/cavities
  • Fluctuation in weight

GenPsych’s NJ Bulimia Treatment Program

The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program at GenPsych helps adults and adolescents (13+) who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS).

Learn more about anorexia treatment here.

Levels of Care

We offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for three to five days per week depending on the individual’s need. (Click here for hours and more.)

Program Curriculum

During program, clients will have daily supervised meals, individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, vital sign and weight monitoring, and medication management.

Clients receive education and skills training through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy methods of coping with life stressors.

Clients in our NJ bulimia treatment program also participate in art and music therapy, therapeutic writing, yoga, and more.

The HEAL Program is currently offered for both adults and adolescents at our Bridgewater and Brick locations and for adults at our Lawrenceville location.

All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Anorexia Treatment

NJ Anorexia Treatment

In the US, seven million women and one million men struggle with an eating disorder. Among the most common of these disorders is anorexia nervosa, or simply, anorexia. NJ anorexia treatment programs are available to help decrease eating disorder behaviors and address the thought patterns associated with eating disorders.

What is anorexia?

Anorexia is best distinguished from other eating disorders by the restriction of eating. This obsession with and avoidance of food is driven by feelings of fear about gaining weight and a disordered desire to be thin. In many cases, anorexia is accompanied by body dysmorphic disorder, or a severe preoccupation with one’s appearance and its perceived flaws.

Symptoms & Signs of Anorexia

Behavioral Signs

  • Restricting food or food types, such as fats and sugars
  • Ritualized eating, such as moving, cutting, or hiding food
  • Below-average weight for that individual or for his/her age, height, or gender
  • Obsession with eating, food, or body
  • Overexercising
  • Refusal to eat around others; isolation

Physical Signs

  • Constipation, vomitting, or other changes in digestion
  • Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
  • Dry skin, hair thinning, and brittle nails
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration, dizziness, fainting, fatigue
  • Osteoporosis
  • Delayed puberty

GenPsych’s NJ Anorexia Treatment Program

The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program helps individuals who are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia to recover in a safe and encouraging environment free from judgment.

Who?

The HEAL Program is available to teens (13+) and adults. Teens will receive on-site homebound instruction with our NJ-Certified teachers during the school year order to keep up with their studies while in program.

When?

  • Partial Care Program is a full day, well-structured program that meets for 6 hours / 5 days a week, and includes two daily monitored meals plus a full array of specialized groups. Partial Care Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (no morning offered), Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3 to 3 ½ hour, 3 days a week treatment that includes one daily monitored meal, plus select groups to target key areas of recovery. Daytime IOP Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Evening IOP Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where?

This NJ anorexia treatment program is currently available at our Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville locations. (Note: Our Lawrenceville program is available to adults 18+ only.)

How?

The HEAL Program offers individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. Clients receive education and skills training on how to decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.

Therapies include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), art and music therapy, writing, yoga, and more.

Read more about yoga and eating disorders here.

All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment

For more information on GenPsych’s NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment and Detox, click here.

For people in the early stages of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, withdrawal can be a major obstacle to overcome. Medications such as Suboxone can ease withdrawal symptoms and enable individuals to detox safely and comfortably. Learn more about NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment below.

GenPsych Adult Substance Abuse Programs

GenPsych is a licensed Suboxone provider, and offers medically assisted detoxification to adults in our program.

Ambulatory Detox

For individuals who are still actively using addictive substances, detox is the first step to recovery. GenPsych offers a daily outpatient detox program where clients can come during the day and receive withdrawal medication, such as Suboxone, to ease symptoms.

GenPsych provides a relaxing and judgment-free environment to safely detox from drugs or alcohol. Clients are monitored and participate in groups throughout the week. Ambulatory Detox is currently available at our Bridgewater and Brick locations.

Learn more about Ambulatory Detox here.

Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Once detox has been completed, remaining sober is the next step. Through participation in Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis programming, clients gain the skills and support they need to have a successful recovery.

Our Adult Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis track and Suboxone providers are available at all four of our New Jersey locations: Bridgewater, Brick, Lawrenceville, and Livingston.

Learn more about Adult Substance Abuse Programs here.

The Halcyon Program

The Halcyon Program is a 2-week to 30-day outpatient program that encompasses multiple levels of care from detox to Intensive Outpatient (IOP). This intensive, highly structured program runs 7 days per week and includes education, group therapy, and creative therapies.

Throughout the process, a provider can prescribe and monitor Suboxone for withdrawal symptoms. This program is currently available at our Brick location, and is designed to supplement local sober living programs.

Learn more about the Halcyon Program here.

 Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents. All private insurances are accepted.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

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