The overwhelming and often overpowering symptoms of an anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on several areas of a person’s life, regardless of how old or young the individual may be. The manner in which a person functions, on an emotional, social, and even cognitive level, can be significantly impacted in a negative way when feelings of fear, worry, or apprehension come to govern how a person lives. At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, we understand the influence anxiety can have on an individual’s existence and have designed and implemented a treatment clinic that aims to help those who are battling these strenuous mental health conditions. By engaging in treatment, those struggling to overcome anxiety are able to identify symptoms of their conditions and garner beneficial tools for coping with the distressing symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood’s mental health treatment clinci in Deleware is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each population that we serve, we are proud of the compassionate care that we are able to afford to everyone who enters our doors. Our staff is passionate about what we do and is genuine in the care and concern that we offer. We strive to develop plans of success for the patients we treat and we take great pride in the fact that we do what we say we are going to do. We believe that communication is key and we aim to be an open book. Our staff works together like a family; everyone helps everyone. And from the moment you come to us for care, you become part of our family. If you or a loved one is plagued by the debilitating symptoms of an anxiety disorder and feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help you get back on track to living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to be living.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a person battles anxiety, it can be exceedingly difficult to live life each day without feeling overcome by pervasive feelings of nervousness or trepidation. For friends and loved ones, it may be hard to watch someone they care for struggle to conquer anxiety as the symptoms of an anxiety disorder can be all-consuming and dictate how a person lives and interacts with others. And while those closest to the anxiety sufferer may feel as though there is nothing that can be done to help their loved one, there are some things that can be executed that can ultimately help him or her get the help he or she needs. Whether you are a parent, spouse, friend, adult child, or caregiver of a person grappling with an anxiety disorder, the following are things you can do to help your loved one get treatment:
- Educate yourself on what it means to suffer from anxiety. By gaining a better understanding of what your loved one is going through, you can come to understand the full scope anxiety, including its symptoms and effects.
- Talk with your loved one about his or her anxiety. In talking with your loved one, you are opening the doors of communication between you and the person you care about. By having open communication with your loved one, you have the opportunity to express your concerns and let your loved one know that you are available to talk when he or she needs it.
- Research treatment options that will meet the needs of your loved one. Specialized care is available to treat mild, moderate, and severe cases of anxiety for people of all ages.
- Discuss the need for treatment with your loved one.
- Try to be an unwavering source of support for your loved one and convey your intent to be a source of support before, during, and after treatment is sought.
Finally, it is imperative that you remain patient and understanding and recognize that the road to healing from anxiety can be arduous. It could take a while before your loved one is able to successfully manage his or her symptoms effectively on his or her own. As a concerned loved one, you can be of great assistance by learning about the skills and tools that are most helpful for the anxiety sufferer and encourage him or her to use the knowledge that was gained while in treatment. By following through on these suggestions, you can ultimately increase your loved one’s likelihood of engaging in care and achieving lasting healing from the debilitating symptoms of anxiety.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
Untreated anxiety can render a number of harmful effects if effective and appropriate care is not sought and implemented. Those who battle anxiety symptoms over a long period of time have an increased risk for developing another anxiety disorder or other mental health condition that could exacerbate already existing symptoms and further hinder healthy functioning. Furthermore, those with ongoing anxiety are likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol as the symptoms of many anxiety disorders can be so distressing that individuals turn to substances as a way of escaping their turmoil. Lastly, severe anxiety symptoms can cause a person to resort to self-harming behaviors as a means of coping with stress; behavior that can result in permanent injury or even death. What is important to know, however, is that there are beneficial options for care that can significantly reduce the occurrence of these effects.
Inpatient treatment, for example, is one such treatment option that can help anxiety sufferers begin the road towards healing. Within this type of care, a person grappling with anxiety symptoms has access to mental health professionals who are proficient in treating anxiety disorders. These professionals, which include therapists and social workers, can teach new methods for coping and help anxiety sufferers identify symptoms and triggers so that the resulting effects can be managed in a healthy manner. Additionally, those in inpatient treatment can meet with trained psychiatrists who can determine if medication is a viable option for alleviating symptoms. When medication is factored into a person’s treatment plan, psychiatrists in inpatient settings can monitor medications and make adjustments as needed so that the most favorable outcomes result. Lastly, it is only within inpatient care that a person suffering from anxiety can be stabilized and receive intensive care for any other mental health condition that could be present. These aspects of treatment that are found within inpatient care can be life-saving for a person who is struggling to conquer an anxiety disorder.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to everyone who is entrusted into our care. Our commitment extends to the family as a whole, and all of our endeavors are aimed at delivering the highest quality of treatment possible in the safest, most comfortable environment available. Our greatest strength is our compassion and our dedication to helping people in their time of need. We do not simply treat the symptoms that our patients present with, we treat the whole person. We focus on all of the little things, because we recognize that all of the little things together are what brings about a true picture of healing. In keeping open communication between clinical team members, our patients, and our patients’ families, we are able to provide exceptional customer service in an empathic manner, ensuring that the main focus always remains solely on our patients and helping them find true recovery that leads to lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at MeadowWood
At MeadowWood’s behavioral health clinic in New Castle, Deleware, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we focus on treating the person, not just his or her illness. Our treatment teams work closely with patients and their families in order to gain a full understanding of the issues they are facing. By doing so, we are being afforded the ability to create fully individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. These individualized treatment plans draw upon the vast skills set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals that include psychiatrists, Master’s level therapists, care managers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapists, substance abuse counselors, medical consultants, and qualified mental health technicians.
The inpatient services offered here at MeadowWood’s treatment clinic include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Free, confidential mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whereupon highly trained and qualified clinicians obtain pertinent information which is then reviewed with one of our physicians. Upon that consultation, a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be offered based on the presenting needs and concerns of the patient.
Based on the identified needs of the patients, the most appropriate treatment option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, of which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to us dependent on substances, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if drugs or alcohol are present in their bodies. This process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will begin engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: In most instances, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to help alleviate the distressing symptoms that come with the presence of an anxiety disorder. However, all medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis. All patients in all of our units meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Our approach to treatment at MeadowWood is heavily group-focused as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps out patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge in and of itself assists patients in heightening their sense of self-worth as they come to understand that they do not need to feel isolated in their struggles. Engaging in groups also encourages patients to find healing in the act of expressing themselves, enhancing self-reliance that works to build their self-esteem. These group therapy sessions cover a vast array of topics, tailored to address issues that are specific to the patients participating in each group.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are offered to all patients on an as-needed basis. These sessions occur on a one-to-one basis with a patient’s therapist and are designed to be a time to address any concerns the patient may have, to discuss issues that he or she wishes to keep confidential, and to track one’s progress towards reaching his or her treatment goals.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood, we believe that family involvement in one’s treatment is instrumental in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. For this reason, all patients are able to engage in family therapy sessions in order to help family members understand their loved one’s illness, to educate them on how they can best support their loved one, and to help maintain open communication in order to create a healthy family dynamic.
Education: Keeping in mind the importance of a child’s education, our adolescent treatment option incorporates schooling into each patient’s treatment plan so that he or she does not fall behind academically while engaging in treatment for behavioral or emotional concerns. We employ certified teachers who, along with the other members of the adolescent’s treatment team, collaborate with the child’s home school, both in verbal and written form, pending releases of information provided by the child’s parent or guardian.
In addition to the previously mentioned interventions, other types of therapies that are incorporated into our patients’ treatment plans typically include:
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Medication education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood is to help them stabilize so that they can move on to a lower, less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admitted, their treatment team begins the process of preparing a plan for success in order to promote positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood’s mental health clinic, we offer partial hospitalization for adults and senior adults that is designed to assist them in maintaining stabilization without requiring them to engage in the intensity of full inpatient hospitalization. This program provides structured programming between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used in this program, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this program works at providing a transition for recent inpatient clients as they begin to integrate back into their everyday lives.
For our adolescent patients, as well as for our adult patients do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization, our staff will utilize the positive relationships that we have with care providers throughout the community, with whom coordination of services can optimally be managed once patients leave our treatment center.
Get Help by Contacting MeadowWood Hospital
Whatever your or your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.
Contact us today to speak with one of our Intake Counselors. We are located at 575 South Dupont Highway in New Castle, Delaware. We service all of Northern Delaware including Wilmington, as well as parts of New Jersey and Maryland.