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Mood Disorders and Compulsive Behavior

Treating depression and other mood disorders

Women who suffer from psychiatric conditions such as deep depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and compulsive behaviors frequently live their lives with little hope, feeling as if they'll never heal. Many women have experienced other treatment programs that have actually traumatized them because the treatment providers didn't understand mood disorders. Their answer to everything is to prescribe medication. At Mirasol we truly treat the entire person, nutritionally, spiritually, intellectually, nutritionally, physically, and relationally.

How does Mirasol treat mood disorders creatively and effectively?

Mirasol's Mood Disorder Treatment program is one-of-a-kind. Whether a woman is struggling with severe depression, self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, a personality disorder or other compulsive behaviors, Mirasol's team of experts helps the client learn the skills that she needs to function in the world and create the kind of life she wants to live.

The symptoms of a client's mood disorder may likely interfere with her relationship with food and body image and she may develop an eating disorder and/or substance abuse.

The treatment for mood disorders consists primarily of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy, and neurofeedback. At Mirasol we do not prescribe medication freely, but only when we feel that alternative treatment modalities aren't sufficient. DBT can help a resident experience her emotions, but teaches her the necessary impulse control to accompany them. A client learns to become more mindful of her environment and her feelings.

A resident will learn life skills to help her deal with distress tolerance, reality acceptance skills, interpersonal skills, and skills with which she can regulate her emotions.

Before Admission

Mirasol begins to assess the kind of treatment a woman needs early on in her admission process. Mirasol's professional intake staff speaks in depth with the future client and arranges a time for her to have a complete telephone assessment by our clinical director, Diane Ryan. We ask that the future resident have a complete lab workup as well as an EKG. We prefer to have a note from her physician stating that she is medically stable. By the time of admission Mirasol has gathered psychological and medical information about the client. When the client admits she receives a complete biopsychosocial assessment from her primary therapist. She will also have a physical by Mirasol's physician. In the first week she'll have assessments by every member of her treatment team. All of the findings from the assessments are reviewed with the entire clinical staff.

FREE Eating Disorder Support Group!

FREE weekly eating disorder support group for adults struggling with food issues, staffed by therapists from Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Centers. Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm at 3116 N Swan in Tucson. For more information, call 888-520-1700.

"Mirasol is light years ahead of any other program in the country."