Mental health disorders like depression can make people want to escape life’s problems and their painful feelings. Emotion-driven response to coping with depression often results in staying in bed, withdrawing from friends or stopping exercise and other routine activities. This natural avoidance response unintentionally leads to more problems, from unintended weight gain to feelings of loneliness and even job loss.
In our intensive outpatient mental health program we will teach you how to break negative patterns of avoidance that are common in depression and you will learn how to face life’s problems and reengage with the world. Our therapists will also teach you powerful and practical ways to manage emotional stress with a focus on skills to help you handle life’s challenges and enjoy life’s gifts. You’ll be encouraged to identify personal and meaningful activities and will be taught how to take steps to engage in them regardless of your mood.
You’ll also collaborate with therapists on setting goals and learning how to break them down into small steps that are more attainable for you and your needs. Our supportive process helps determine your current state, so we can provide you with the right skills for you to enjoy natural, anti-depressant experiences repeatedly over time.
During group sessions, you’ll be asked to identify and share your goals with the group. Group activities can sometimes feel challenging, but you can count on a supportive, safe atmosphere that’s encouraging and motivating to help you achieve your goals.
Taking action—even in small and gradual steps—is a remarkably powerful tool in reversing the cycle of depression and avoidance.
Aurora Behavioral Health Center – A Department of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
1221 N 26th St
Sheboygan, WI 53081