Mental Health Diagnoses
Every client completes a comprehensive diagnostic assessment at admission. The assessment gives our clinical team a clearer picture of the client's diagnoses and clinical needs, as well as an awareness of client's history and background. We then use the results of the assessment to match our clients with an evidence-based treatment plan and a specialized team of professionals.
18 AND OLDER
Major depressive disorder, also called major depression or unipolar depression, is a serious mood disorder. Skyland Trail has expertise in treating individuals with complex diagnoses including treatment-resistant depression, persistent depressive disorder, depression and psychosis, depression and anxiety, or depression and borderline personality disorder.
A person with a bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression, has experienced at least one episode of mania as well as episodes of depression. Individuals may be diagnosed with bipolar I, bipolar II, rapid cycling, or cyclothymia. Complex diagnoses may include bipolar disorder with psychosis, bipolar disorder and anxiety, bipolar disorder and substance misuse, or bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.
An individual with schizophrenia – including paranoid, disorganized and undifferentiated types – may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is not real and may experience hallucinations and/or delusions. People with schizophrenia often exhibit socially unresponsive and withdrawn behavior and have trouble expressing emotions. Some individuals may have complex diagnoses including schizophrenia and depression or schizophrenia and substance misuse.
People with anxiety disorders – including panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder – experience disability as a result of their response to stress. Untreated, their symptoms may prevent them from engaging in social and family relationships, meeting job or school performance requirements, and participating in other daily activities. Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance misuse, and some people are diagnosed with more than one type of anxiety disorder concurrently.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by mood instability, impulsivity, fears of being alone or abandoned and poor self-image. Frequent suicide attempts and/or cutting and self-harming behaviors may also be an issue. Skyland Trail treats individuals with a primary mood, thought, or anxiety disorder and a co-occurring diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Individuals with BPD likely will be assigned to our dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) recovery community.
The dual diagnosis program at Skyland Trail is designed to treat clients with a primary mood, thought, or anxiety disorder who have a co-occurring substance misuse issue. It is not appropriate for individuals with a primary substance use disorder. Skyland Trail is not a detoxification facility.
14-17 YEARS OLD
Adolescents with major depressive disorder, also called major depression or unipolar depression, experience persistent sadness and lose interest in activities and relationships. Untreated, symptoms of depression can interfere in a teen's ability to perform in school and or participate in peer or family relationships. Some teens may be at higher risk of attempting suicide. Adolescents who participate in evidence-based treatment for depression can learn skills to leverage their strengths and support networks to feel better and stay healthy.
Adolescents with bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, may exhibit extreme behavior changes or shifts in mood. These changes may also affect a teen's sleep patterns, energy levels and ability to think clearly. Untreated, symptoms of bipolar disorder (BPAD) may affect an adolescent's ability to participate in school or relationships and may lead to an increased risk of suicide attempts. Evidence-based treatment for bipolar disorder can help teens understand their diagnosis and adopt strategies to help regulate their mood and energy levels.
Adolescents with an anxiety disorder often experience fear, nervousness or shyness and tend to avoid situations or places that induce stress. Teens with anxiety may withdraw from activities they used to enjoy like sports, music, or social activities. Symptoms can manifest as physical problems like headaches or stomachaches, shaking or sweating in stressful situations, or trouble falling or staying asleep. Anxiety often co-occurs with depression, eating disorders, ADHD, and alcohol and substance use. With treatment, teens with anxiety disorders can build resilience and life skills to tolerate stress in healthy ways.
Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have both persistent intrusive thoughts or urges and frequently repeated behaviors or rituals such as counting or hand-washing. Evidence-based treatment helps teens confront unwanted thoughts and resist urges for compulsive behaviors so they can thrive in school and in life.
Holistic Path to Wellness
At Skyland Trail, we build a treatment plan around a person, not a diagnosis. The impact of living with a mental illness goes far beyond a set of clinical symptoms. We treat the whole person in addition to the brain.
- solidify an effective medication strategy
- learn coping mechanisms
- practice independent living skills
- set goals for work and relationships
- develop outlets for creative expression
- explore their spirituality, and
- improve physical fitness and nutrition
While each of our clients determines his or her own recovery goals, our overarching goal for all clients is that they leave Skyland Trail better equipped to live in the world.