At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, we understand that life brings about many trials and challenges that can leave people feeling lost, confused, and isolated. For this reason, we fill our hospital will caring, knowledgeable team members who are dedicated to providing compassionate care that strives to improve the lives of all whom we meet. Depression is one such mental health condition that can leave those afflicted by it feeling as though there is no way of escaping from the turmoil that they face each day. The pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and helplessness that depression creates can ultimately begin to consume all aspects of a person’s life, resulting in devastating consequences. People who suffer from depression often begin to struggle to function appropriately on a daily basis, further perpetuating their feelings of sadness and eliciting new feelings of worthlessness and a deteriorated sense of purpose. For these people, life can seem like a battle and the future can seem bleak. But this is not a battle that you have to fight alone. At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, we want to help you break free from the grips of depression and help you rediscover the joy in life once again.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in Deleware is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized services 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 depression 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
Having a loved one who is battling depression can be heart-breaking. You may make attempts to cheer your loved one up or do things for him or her so as to try to alleviate his or her feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness. You may feel as though your attempts have failed as the apparent signs of depression remain and continue to adversely impact your loved one’s life. If someone you care about is grappling with depression, there are a number of different approaches you can take to help him or her overcome this debilitating disorder.
If you are a parent or guardian of young person battling depression, it is important to keep in mind that you are your child’s greatest advocate when it comes to seeking and implementing treatment for this disorder. Researching treatment options that are specially designed to treat youth with mental health concerns is a preliminary step you can take in the treatment-seeking process. Furthermore, it is beneficial to contact the treatment provider of your choice and discuss with them their approaches to care, as well as to discuss the admissions process and the types of treatment that will best meet your child’s needs.
Additionally, with regards to adults who are struggling with depression, effective treatment can be sought to care for this disorder as well. Discussing your concerns for your loved one with your loved one and offering to assist him or her in researching treatment options are two of the best things you can do to initially help him or her seek treatment. Openly discussing your loved one’s depression may be difficult, but the sooner that care is implemented, the sooner your loved one can live the life he or she deserves.
Regardless of whether you are a parent, guardian, family member, or friend, it is important to remain an ongoing source of support for your loved one during this difficult time. Conveying that you will be there for him or her can help your loved one be successful in treatment and conquer this incapacitating mental health condition.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
When individuals are plagued by the symptoms of depression, all aspects of their lives can be affected. For adolescents, they may struggle to perform adequately in school or to maintain positive social interactions with peers. For adults, they may discover that maintaining optimal performance in their careers or adhering to daily responsibilities has become unmanageable. While the results of this illness can be detrimental, there is help available.
Inpatient treatment has proven effectiveness at helping individuals of all ages who are struggling with depression. By entering into this type of treatment clinic, people are surrounded by a safe environment where they are cared for by highly trained and qualified clinicians who have their best interests at heart. By entering into a mental health center, individuals are afforded the opportunity to temporarily step away from the stresses of their everyday lives and place all of their energy on becoming well again. By engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions, patients are able to develop the coping skills necessary to overcome their symptoms and reemerge into life feeling healthy, happy, and well-balanced, fully confident in their abilities to successfully navigate their futures.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood’s behavioral health center, 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 Behavioral Health System, 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 behavioral health 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 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 depression. 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 in New Castle, Deleware, 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 services incorporate 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:
- Medication education
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Positive coping skills education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood’s treatment center 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 a positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood’s treatment 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.
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.