Bipolar disorder is a serious and enduring medical illness, which causes shifts in mood, energy and overall ability to function. It can lead to impulsive and risky behaviours and severe problems in relationships. It can also lead to suicide.
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes strong mood swings, which include manic/hypomanic and depressive episodes.
The symptoms of mania include:
* Feelings of euphoria
* An abundance of energy
* Becoming extremely active
* Becoming restless
* Inability to concentrate
* Racing thoughts
* Flight of ideas
* Pressure of speech
* Quickly switching from one subject to another when talking
* Extreme irritability
* Aggressive behavior
* Poor judgment
* Being confused
* Sleeping very little
* Eating very little
* Increased sexual drive
* Increased spending
* Abusing alcohol
* Abusing drugs
* Consuming excessive sleeping tablets
* Denying that anything is wrong
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER OCD
The term OCD has become quite a popular way of describing perfectionist behaviour. People often say they are 'a bit OCD' about one thing or another, such as checking keys, order and symmetry, cleanliness etc. This is all within the normal functional range of behaviour. These things can indeed be useful to a degree, and many of us function quite well with and because of our 'quirks'.
Unfortunately, OCD is not a casual thing. It is often a severe and debilitating anxiety disorder. Imagine not being able to hold a much beloved baby daughter because you have intrusive thoughts, images and sometimes even an impulse to drop her? Imagine that causing severe anxiety, terror even. What would you do? Would you avoid holding her? Would you ever get over the fear that you could be a danger to your child? Would you torture yourself for ever having 'bad thoughts'? Would you begin to worry that you might hurt other children? Would you also avoid nephews, nieces, playgrounds, schools, cinemas and restaurants until there was nowhere left to go without terror? Would you lock yourself in your room at night to ensure you don't have an uncontrollable urge to act out your intrusive thoughts? Would you worry that you may do something and not remember it?
This is the waking nightmare of OCD. Be it obsessions about germs, checking, order, perfection, hurting others or jealousy, OCD works on a system of bodily fear maintained by disturbing thoughts and avoidant behaviors.
Manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviors, destroys the basis of rational thought, and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it, an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not infrequently, suicide.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD
BDD is a painful Obsessional Disorder related to one's perceived appearance and feelings of social unacceptability. People with this disorder become obsessed about a mild or imaginary flaw in themselves. As with people suffering from OCD people with BDD will feel compelled to do certain things to avoid their anxiety. They may try to mask the flaw, have multiple surgeries, avoid seeing others, and seek reassurance often. It causes great anxiety, severe avoidant patterns and can lead to complete isolation.
Studies show that there are markedly elevated rates of completed suicides with sufferers of BDD, even higher than suicide rates observed in other psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven the most effective treatment for OCD and BDD.
Do you often have the thought that you don't fit in? Or don't know what to say? Or that you will sound stupid or boring? Do you worry a lot about what other people may be thinking about you?
Do you tend to ruminate about social events before and after them. Do you avoid confrontations, presentations or meeting new people? Do you find it difficult to be in groups of 3 or more people? Does all of this cause you great discomfort and anxiety?
Social anxiety can cause great disturbance to everyday life. In addition to self deprecating thoughts and often quite visible physical symptoms, the person gets caught up in many avoidant or safety behaviours that maintain their anxiety and limit their quality of life. Many people self medicate with drugs or alcohol, seek reassurance or simply avoid social situations or any situation where they may be judged.
CBT, Cognitive Mindfulness and Self Acceptance Therapy are recommended as effective treatments that can vastly improve one's functioning, mood and lifestyle.
There are lots of ways to describe depression, the physical signs are pretty clear. Extreme sadness, lethargy, self doubt and damning thoughts, anxiety, lack of motivation and concentration, lack of enjoyment, changes in sleep patterns, appetite and libido, isolation, feeling 'under the weather' with a flu that will not go away, repeated Infections and tears.......
Knowing the symptoms is a different matter to forgiving yourself or your loved one for being depressed. It is difficult to accept that you are 'legitimately ill' and not add to the already poor view you have of yourself or others. This really impedes healing.
At Daisy Retreat we aim not just to alleviate misery but to create hope and fundamental change in the story of your life.
We are here to help you to let go of feeling helpless and hopeless and guilty or ashamed.
Your story is true; these thoughts and feelings are learned, not made up ways of thinking and behaving. You may have lots of evidence for your thoughts and feelings. Parts of your life may have been very difficult indeed.
Still you can create fundamental change to live happily; letting go of old thinking and memories and building new ones.
Oscar Wilde said "we are each our own devil and we make this world our hell".
If you suffer from Depression think of your life as needing to move on to a new chapter. Daisy Retreat is a place to start writing a new dialogue for your life. Ask yourself would you like to be happy in this story?
"We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell." Oscar Wilde
“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.”
Self-harm and Complex Childhood Trauma.
The ICD 10 CD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision) for intentional self- harm varies depending on your chosen method but in general if you have a history of self-harm it is ICD.10 Z91.5. There are multiple codes under this classification with multiple methods and patterns identified to discern one type of harm from another.
The rates of self- harm and worse the mortality rates for self-harm are alarmingly high and rising.
It seems many of us carry around wounds so deep and painful that they demand to be resurfaced and healed with anything we can find; a razor in a hand, a rope around a neck, the bottles in the bathroom cabinet or in the fridge or in the cleaning cupboard. Strange items to heal a deep wound, but ultimately they are analgesic.
There are treatments of course; pharmaceuticals naturally and a psychiatric diagnosis, even your own detailed code, 50 minutes weekly talks with a Therapist, Cognitive Based Mindfulness, Meditation, yoga exercise and diet and so on.
All meant to heal, most healing in some way. Like any injury when you turn up seeking help or others notice you need help, a short developmental history is taken, a look at the visible damage and then a plan is set to fix the injury; usually including medicine for the pain. The care plan is set and all eyes are on future actions.
The top down mechanics of modern psychiatry get the machine moving for the most part and there is solid evidence that it reduces successful suicide rates; but if that is enough why do the behaviours recur?
Clearly the mechanized behaviours are not the problem in self harm or suicide. Maybe these breakdowns are just the bodies way of screaming at you to look deeper for the wound and please stop the pain.
What if the original wound is too painful, too shameful, or complicated or traumatizing to talk about once a week for what is left of 50 minutes; after you have discussed the week and new strategies and measured how effective the current strategies are and thought up new ones or more medication and homework or ‘to do lists’ and set next week’s appointment? What if it happens that the strategies you learn help you the least when you need them most?
What if you need to examine the wound from the bottom up, in depth, not just what is regulating these shifts in mood and action but where did the cuts on your arms or the urge to die or to just not be here really originate from?
What if the part of you that is deeply wounded needs to die?
What if you need to scream in pain? What if the communication of that pain is primal not to be dampened but to be felt and heard?
The scars we see are not the wound; they are merely the cover-up of a deep wound. The not uncommon belief that scar tissue is stronger than normal tissue, is untrue; it is weaker, less flexible and much more sensitive to pain.
Likewise; those other things that hurt us can make us weaker and less flexible, they can heighten our sensations of pain and leave us much more vulnerable to even minor injury emotional or physical. This makes us hyper-vigilant to danger and so all the stress hormones in our systems are at battle stations; already preparing to grab what we can for the fight or the flight or the freeze of the sympathetic nervous system (which is really just rounding up the troops to protect you) kicks in.
So we ask ‘what is it that will get me out of this place of danger?’ We find these weapons in pills, in booze, in razor edges, in lighters, in rope, in isolation.
If you are one of the millions of people who have experienced trauma or self-harm, you will always be in those statistical groups because it is true of you; but take time to find and heal the original wound and then swim with all your might away from the growing statistical whirlpool of death by self-harm.
Whatever it is that has happened to you needs to be examined in detail, fully addressed and healed at a deeper level. Commit to a deeper examination and walk towards a happier life.
At Daisy Retreat ® we work to discover in more depth the wounds that keep reopening within you and instead of stocking you with band aids or giving you pain relief we work to help the mind, body and spirit heal to the core.
Unlike the scar tissue you may have formed that will never go away, we want to help you build inner resilience, lesson your sensations of pain and make you less vulnerable to injury from self or others.
Through in depth exploration of your life story we can start to understand the core of you; we take time to feel the story fully, to feel the pain and to let it be heard. Then we find out who it is you think you are? Who do you think other people are? What kind of place has the world been for you?
These beliefs whatever their cause are the original wound. So we seek out the original wound and work to heal it.
Through deep acknowledgement of the pain and an intricate understanding of the underlying wound we can begin changing beliefs and behaviours, instill self- compassion, introduce new ways for the body to release trauma and help your sympathetic nervous system quiet down, call back the troops and let the wound heal.
Daisy retreat ® provides 18 days to 8-week intensive individual treatment programs designed specifically for complex Trauma and self-harm of any type.
“Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods.”
Peter A. Levine
Daisy Retreat Offers Treatment for:
Alcohol Addition, post detox
Atypical eating disorders
Behavioural, emotional, social and psychological difficulties
Binge eating Bipolar Disorder
Body Dysmorphic disorder – BDD
Bulimia Nervosa treatment
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD
Post traumatic stress disorder – PTSD
Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD
Trans-cultural mental health issues
Ellie's years of experience with a range of emotional disorders and depression, both in individual as well as group therapy, has provided her clients with the ability and resolution to turn their lives around. As Ellie has suffered from a depressive disorder herself, she has a unique insight into the obstacles to recovering from, and living with mental illness. Research suggests that psychiatric professionals with personal experience of mental illness are the most gifted and effective practitioners and Ellie is a perfect example of this.