I have felt sad and angry and worried most of my life. The first time I remember these feelings was when I was in kindergarden. The first day, my mom sat with me at the little table, and we colored with crayons. When the time came for my mom to leave, I screamed and sobbed and held on to her so tight that the teacher asked her to take me home. The next year, I began first grade. Because we lived in a small village when I was a child, my house was within walking distance from the elementary school. So, at the beginning of every day when the teacher opened the classroom door for recess, I ran from the schoolyard and walked home. The years went on, and I never felt less alone than when I was separated from my mom. There were times in high school when I found myself withdrawing from the only two friends I had and spending most of my time after school sleeping and eating in my room. I’d gained forty pounds in the year after graduation, and I didn’t apply to any college because I just couldn’t find the energy to fill out the applications and plan the visits.
I came to Calo Young Adults because my parents were worried about me. They asked me if I had ever thought about hurting myself, and I said all the time, but I also told them I wouldn’t do anything. I’m not sure they believed me, but they said they wanted me to have a chance to feel better so we decided this program might help. Living with other people really makes a difference. I still have mornings when I can’t get out of my bed, but I also have staff who come and talk to me. I especially try to get moving and join the group going to the gym. I feel so much better when I work out. Therapy really helps, too. I have more sessions here than I did at home. And, I also participate in 5-10 groups a week. I see a great psychiatrist who consults with Calo Young Adults and who has talked to me about medication. I think I may always have this problem, but I am learning a new way of living that can help me continue to stay well even after I graduate from the program.
Depressive Disorders can present with a variety of features to include feelings of sadness, emptiness, or irritability. Together with changes in how a person thinks and feels, a significant impairment in functioning must be part of the clinical presentation to meet diagnostic criteria. Because an accurate diagnosis is critical in determining treatment, and because similar features exist in in the Bipolar and related disorders, differentiating among the mood disorders requires a skilled and seasoned therapist.
For additional information about the treatment of Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression or Bi-polar Disorder at Calo Young Adults, please contact Admissions.
last modified: November 3rd, 2016