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Championing hope for those with all mental illnesses

Numerous Americans live with a wide range of mental illnesses.

With stress levels continuing to run high for many people, it’s easy to focus on anxiety and depression. Yet, numerous Americans live with a wide range of mental illnesses that can create challenges in daily life.

Last year, while depression was the most common mental health condition treated at Rosecrance, others accounted for 30 percent of diagnoses. These included trauma, stress, bipolar disorder and similar disorders, psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and neurodevelopmental disorders like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“Our goal is to ensure that all individuals with any mental health issue receive the care they deserve,” said Dave Kellerhals, Rosecrance Central Illinois Director of Mental Health Services. “Individuals live with and overcome so many health conditions each day, and we want to celebrate their journeys. We also want those who may be struggling and their loved ones to know that help is available for whatever they are experiencing.”

Adrienne Adams, M.D., medical director at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, noted that trauma, ADHD, impulsiveness, non-suicidal self-injury, and chronic suicidality are common among adolescents.

To meet these needs, youth receive a psychiatric assessment by a doctor or nurse practitioner. This provides a comprehensive understanding of the individual’s health and can lead to recommendations for medications that support evidence-based therapies. Families also are involved in the treatment process. In addition, Rosecrance has a team of therapists in schools that offers extra support for youth.

In recent years, an increased number of adults have sought help for decreased attention spans as a lingering effect of more isolated work environments. In addition, Rosecrance clinicians often treat individuals for paranoia, delusional thinking, and bipolar disorder.

Like adolescents, adults receive comprehensive evaluations in which medications can be an optional supplement to therapy. Individualized treatment focuses on goals, asking clients to envision their ideal life, then providing healthy coping skills to help individuals achieve those.

“I like keeping the focus on the person, not the diagnosis as a label, to help them move forward,” said Rosecrance River North therapist Patrick Miranda. “When we break down their long-term goals into actionable steps, it’s much easier to address bigger concerns and develop tools to live the life they want.”

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