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Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in the News

LOS ANGELESAug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc., an expanding network of evidence-based mental health, substance use and eating disorder treatment centers, has opened two new mental health programs in Fairfax County in northern Virginia (about 15 miles west of Washington D.C.). The new treatment centers, branded Discovery Mood and Anxiety Programs, located in the cities of Annandale and Fairfax, will complement DBH’s existing residential treatment center in Fairfax Station with all three facilities providing treatment for a primary mental health diagnosis.

In both residential treatment programs, a maximum of eight patients are treated at any one time, offering gender-inclusive treatment for adolescents ages 10-18. At Discovery’s outpatient program, treatment is available for adults and adolescents separately in both the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.

“We specialize in evidence-based treatment such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) and other modalities to create a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan for each patient. Along with these evidenced based interventions, treatment programs include several experiential activities including creative art expression, music and meditation—to provide a well-rounded treatment experience,” says Amy Brown, President, Mental Health Division, DBH.

Patients will have a multi-disciplinary treatment team that will provide medication management and education by a board-certified psychiatrist, individual therapy, family therapy, and psycho-education groups for patients and their support system.  Discovery values collaboration with families/support system and outpatient providers to ensure best practices and continuity of care. Discovery’s focus on reintegration to life with accessible coping skills, addresses how to better manage anxiety, practicing assertive and appropriate communication, time management and other issues associated with appropriate behavior socially and in an academic and/or work environment. Integrating the family and/or support systems into the overall treatment program is also a hallmark of Discovery’s therapeutic approach.

“The family and support system are considered integral members of the treatment team. We honor the family and support system as experts on their loved one while we provide care and clinical guidance throughout the recovery process. Once a patient is finished with treatment, they and their families or support system can access free weekly support groups, an extensive referral network and aftercare help,” says Brown.

During the pandemic, DBH has initiated special safety measures to protect patients, visitors and staff. Under its COVID Clean Commitment program, all patients are screened prior to arrival at their centers, and all rooms all sanitized at least once daily, among other hygiene and sanitation protocols.

Discovery Behavioral Health President & CEO John Peloquin notes, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the nation to experience an unprecedented level of stress and anxiety about the health of ourselves and our loved ones.  Those already suffering from mental illness are facing even greater challenges. This is why we believe it is imperative to open our new mental health treatment centers providing greater access to care for all of us enduring the current national health emergency.”

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Discovery Behavioral Health Announces ‘Coping With COVID,’ A Free Public Webcast On April 9th With Mental Health Experts

 

LOS ANGELESApril 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc., a national leader in behavioral healthcare, will host a panel of renowned mental health experts in “Coping With COVID,” two free Zoom webcasts for anyone with questions on how to cope with the stress of the global pandemic, on Thursday, April 9th beginning at 2 pm ET. The panels will address questions related to mental wellness, eating disorders, alcohol and drug addiction, and trauma.

Comprising the panel are:

The April 9th online webinar is open to the public at 2 pm ET and healthcare professionals at 4 pm ET.

“Behavioral health issues do not take a break during times of crisis,” said Livengood, a licensed marriage and family therapist with experience in working with both adults and adolescents. “In fact, an event of this magnitude can trigger those who are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma or addiction. As all of us socially distance ourselves, it’s a struggle for everyone to adjust to stay-at-home orders, and cope with the looming fear of illness, financial stress or job loss.”

“Discovery Behavioral Health already uses Zoom technology for its telehealth patient programs nationwide, so this public program was a natural next step in its mission of leading the way in behavioral health accessibility to the public and the healthcare professionals on the front lines battling this pandemic,” Livengood added.

Registration for these free events is available through Eventbrite under “Coping with COVID – Live ZOOM Webcast.” Participants can also sign up directly at these links Coping with COVID for the Public or Coping with COVID for Healthcare Professionals.

Discovery Behavioral Health Opens New Center in San Jacinto, CA For Adolescent Mental Health

LOS ANGELESMarch 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, an expanding nationwide provider of behavioral health services, has opened a new facility in San Jacinto, located in Riverside County in the Inland Empire metro area of Southern California. Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program San Jacinto is a 19-bed, coed, adolescent (11-to-17-year old), mental health residential program with a substance use track.

The center, housed in a newly remodeled facility in a residential setting, is now accepting patients for enrollment.

There is a great need for mental health services for teenagers throughout California including Riverside County. In 2018, California ERs treated 84,584 young patients ages 13 to 21 who had a primary diagnosis involving mental health. That is up from 59,705 in 2012, a 42% increase, according to data provided by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. By comparison, the number of ER encounters among that age group for all other diagnoses grew by just 4% over the same period.

The trend corresponds with another alarming development: a significant increase in suicides among teens and young adults. About 7.5 of every 100,000 young people ages 13 to 21 in California died by suicide in 2017, up from a rate of 4.9 per 100,000 in 2008, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, suicides in that age range rose from 7.2 to 11.3 per 100,000 from 2008 to 2017. In Riverside County, the youth suicide rate increased from 5.3 per 100,000 in 2007 to 7.7 in 2017.

“Youth treated for mental health in an emergency room are typically already in a mental health crisis, and frequently are considering suicide, have attempted suicide or have harmed themselves physically. The research is still out as to why mental illness is increasing so dramatically among today’s youth. In the meantime, our goal is to intervene with youth experiencing mental health issues before it reaches a crisis stage,” says George Livengood, vice president of Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program.

The mood and anxiety program offers personalized, evidence-based treatment for mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder trauma, self-harm and adoption or attachment issues. A defining feature of the program is the use of individual therapy as well as and “milieu” and “process” group therapies.

Milieu group allows patients to join with one another to develop and foster empathy for self and others, encourage one another, improve communication skills, acquire problem solving skills, and gain confidence in the acknowledgement and sharing of one’s story. During groups, patients define their world view and beliefs by using Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, while restructuring thought content impacting mood and behavior. They learn how to implement distress tolerance skills, communication skills, empathy, acceptance, and the ability to create an emotional and psychological safe zone for themselves.

Milieu groups provide additional opportunities to unleash right-brain creativity through artistic expression of visual art, music, movement, poetic writing, journals and dramatic interpretation.

Process Groups provide a deeper exploration of life issues with an opportunity for reflection to gain insight and awareness, and a vocal acknowledgement of shared experiences in a community of hope. This process is featured in Multifamily Process group as well as providing families with psychoeducational information, and skill development opportunities to support their loved while in treatment and beyond.

While the mental health and substance-use-disorder treatment programs are separate and distinct, both Discovery programs share a commitment to treat the underlying factors contributing to the disorders. As a result, patients completing the programs leave with a foundational resiliency, making them better equipped to navigate the challenges life presents outside of treatment.

Medication management is by board-certified psychiatrists, and includes individual sessions, medication education, psychopharmacology groups, and collaboration with families and outpatient providers.

Says John Peloquin, CEO and president, Discovery Behavioral Health, “Our first priority in deciding where to open a new treatment center is to determine if it fulfills a need for the community. In this case, we became aware that the Riverside County and Inland Empire area was underserved by evidence-based mental health services designed specifically for adolescents. Many of our youth today are experiencing unprecedented mental health distress, and we must respond by providing treatments that address their unique generational issues.”

For more information about Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program: https://discoverymood.com. For more information about Center for Discovery eating disorder treatment: https://centerfordiscovery.com

Discovery Behavioral Health Opens New Center in Austin For Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services

LOS ANGELESOct. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, a leading nationwide provider of behavioral health services, has opened a new center in Austin, TX. Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program will offer treatment for all major mental health disorders. The center, located in downtown Austin, is now accepting clients for enrollment in its Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program.

Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program is an intensive, outpatient program offering personalized, evidence-based, gender-inclusive and gender-specific treatment for mental health, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder trauma, self-harm and adoption or attachment issues. The center is dedicated exclusively to mental health issues for adults and adolescents.

“There’s a significant need in the greater Austin area as well as nationwide for programs that focus on mental health. Many programs combine individuals dealing with substance abuse with those dealing with purely mental health issues – we keep those populations completely separated because they require different treatment protocols,” says Amy Brown, M.A., President of Discovery Behavioral Health’s Mental Health Division.

According to the latest statistics available from the National Institutes of Health, about 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness with 1 in 25 experiencing a serious mental health disorder. For youth aged 6-17, 1 in 6 experience mental illness, and suicide has become the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.

In addition to mental health services, the center provides academic, experiential and family centered programs. “This is a comprehensive, well-rounded program that prepares adolescents for success in the classroom. The academic curriculum can be supplemented with complementary activities, including art, music and meditation. Families are carefully integrated throughout the recovery process, and provided support and clinical guidance,” says Alexia Mowry, Director of Clinical Outreach.

Medication management is by board-certified psychiatrists, and includes individual sessions, medication education, psychopharmacology groups, and collaboration with families and outpatient providers.

For more information about Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program: https://discoverymood.com

About Discovery Behavioral Health

Discovery Behavioral Health is an in-network, leading U.S. healthcare provider in the evidence-based treatment of substance abuse, mental health and eating disorders. It offers residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care for teens and adults. The company was established in 1998 and is headquartered in Orange County, California. More: https://discoverybehavioralhealth.com

Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program Opens Treatment Program for Youth in Orlando

Residential and Outpatient Mental Health Services Designed Specifically for Adolescents and Young Adults
Facility launches in wake of new study that finds rates of depression and suicide for teens have soared over the past decade

LOS ANGELESAug. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, a leading nationwide provider of mental health services, has opened a facility in Orlando, FL, devoted exclusively to the treatment of adolescents and young adults. The new center is now accepting clients for enrollment in its Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program, which includes residential treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care.

The program offers personalized, evidence-based, gender-inclusive and gender-specific treatment for mental health including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder trauma, self-harm, and adoption or attachment issues. The new facility is dedicated exclusively to mental issues impacting youth.

“There’s a great need in central Florida as well as nationwide for programs that focus on mental health among youth. Many programs combine individuals dealing with substance abuse with those dealing with purely mental health issues – we keep those population completely separated because they require different treatment protocols,” says Alexia Mowry, Director of Clinical Outreach.

A 2019 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression rose by more than 60 percent among those ages 14 to 17, and 47 percent among those ages 12 to 13.  Likewise, the number of children and teenagers who were seen in emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts or having attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2015.”

In addition to mental health services, the new facility provides academic, experiential and family centered programs. “This is a comprehensive, well-rounded program that prepares adolescents for success in the classroom. The academic curriculum can be supplemented with complementary activities, including art, music and meditation. Families are carefully integrated throughout the recovery process, and provided support and clinical guidance,” said Mowry.

Medication management is by board-certified psychiatrists, and includes individual sessions, medication education, psychopharmacology groups, and collaboration with families and outpatient providers.

“Research shows there’s been a generational shift and a pronounced increase in the U.S. among adolescents and youth who are experiencing serious psychological distress, major depression, and even suicidal thoughts. We’re answering their cry for help with mental health services designed specifically to address their unique needs,” said Amy C. Brown, M.A., President, Mental Health Division, Discovery Behavioral Health.

About Discovery Behavioral Health

Discovery Behavioral Health is an in-network, leading U.S. healthcare provider in the evidence-based treatment of substance abuse, mental health and eating disorders. It offers residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care for teens and adults. The company was established in 1998 and is headquartered in Orange County, California.

Discovery Behavioral Health Announces Expansion of Mental Health Services

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc., with 77 treatment centers in 11 states, is pleased to announce the expansion of its mental health services. Known since 1997 for its expertise in the treatment of teens under the Center for Discovery brand, the newly named Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program will now offer services for young adults. Discovery Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of care in eating disorders, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.

Company President and CEO John Peloquin states, “As the need for primary mental health services continues to rise for both adolescents and young adults, Discovery is committed to providing increased access to excellent clinical services. A recent study in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology revealed that rates of major depressive episodes have increased 52 percent among adolescents aged 12-17 and 63 percent among young adults aged 18-251. It is because of this demand, we are pleased to announce that we are now treating adults at the residential, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient level of care. We continue to work diligently to meet the demands of the communities we support and anticipate continued growth in the years ahead.”

Discovery Behavioral Health, a national leader in evidence-based clinical treatment, is committed to providing the ultimate inpatient access, through a strategic mix of geographic locations and tiered pricing that makes life changing care affordable and accessible for the largest possible client base. Discovery continues to expand its footprint nationwide with treatment centers specializing in behavioral health, eating disorders, substance abuse and dual diagnosis. For more information on Discovery Behavioral Health visit, www.discoverybh.com.

1Twenge, Cooper, Joiner, Duffy, & Binau, Age, Period, and Cohort Trends in Mood Disorder indicators and Suicide-Related Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Dataset, 2005-2017, American Psychological Association, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2019

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