Sadness is a normal part of life, and is experienced at times by all people. Because sadness is common in recovery, the clinical staff at Morningside Recovery distinguishes between normal levels of sadness and dysthymia during rehabilitation.
Morningside’s psychologists and therapists listen for clients who often report chronic fatigue, despite spending more time sleeping. Probably the most common symptoms of dysthymia are irritability, poor concentration, anxiety, or self-imposed isolation. At Morningside Recovery, dysthymia treatment is comprehensive, with therapy combined with exercise and nutrition.
Dysthymia Treatment Methods Used
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is very useful in dysthymia treatment. CBT is undertaken when people decide they are ready for it and with their permission and cooperation. At Morningside, dysthymic disorders’ mental health treatment is directed at the person’s specific anxieties and tailored to his or her needs, especially if they are part of a dual-diagnosis. It is often said to be more effective than medication because there are no side effects to dysthymia treatment other than the discomfort of temporarily increased anxiety.
All counseling is structured at Morningside to acknowledge that the way a client thinks affects the way he or she feels. Clients learn to think rationally about common difficulties, and to change their thought patterns and the way they react to certain situations during treatment for dysthymia. Dysthymia treatment helps clients re-establish goals and rewards into their lives after a period of addiction. Many sufferers of dysthymia have lost touch with the goals and rewards that come from fun activities. For some, it can be putting together days of sobriety on the road to recovery. Others take advantage of Morningside’s academic programs as part of their dysthymic disorder treatment.
Dealing With Potential Dysthymia Treatment Roadblocks
Regardless of the cause of dysthymia, our thoughts about it can greatly impact the disorder itself and, hence, treatment and recovery. Clients learn to gauge their reactions to situations while undergoing dysthymic disorder treatment. One client explained, “I used to get so frustrated when I was looking for a job. If I didn’t hear back from an employer I would get depressed, anxious and give up on applying altogether. Now I recognize how I’m feeling and just keep applying.” A big part of dysthymia treatment is the structured daily schedule that rehab offers. Clients have a plan each day to stay busy. The serene setting in Orange County, California is perfect for exercise skills. One client said it helped her this way: “Just going to the gym, and talking and doing things with other sober people was huge for me. Before Morningside, I was isolating and feeling depressed. I cut myself off from other people.”
Negative thinking interferes with recovery from dysthymia and makes the person more vulnerable to dysthymia in the future. Clients learn to recognize unhelpful thinking and replace it with more realistic thinking while in dysthymia treatment sessions. As well as helping people manage negative thoughts, dysthymia treatment at Morningside also involves looking at behavior. This includes helping people find new ways of going about their everyday activities while incorporating lessons learned during treatment for dysthymia. This can include examining the way the person may react to certain people or situations.
It’s important that families and friends are involved in dysthymia treatment. Families and close friends of clients also learn about the illness so they can be supportive and understanding. Education about recovery from dysthymia helps people find new ways to support and get along with the suffering loved one. The dysthymia treatment programs at Morningside not only help a client to recover, but can also help to prevent a recurrence of dysthymia.