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Finding True Purpose and Direction In Life

Monday, 8 July, 2013

In your busy life, whether it is school or work, how often do you get caught up in the motions? Sometimes it feels like you are a robot walking around, being cordial with others but not feeling satisfied. This lack of satisfaction may stem from not knowing your purpose and direction in life. Without purpose and direction it may feel like you are floating disconnected from others. This can lead to using people, places, alcohol and drugs to feel better.

Alcohol and drug addiction, gambling, people pleasing, shopping….well the list can be endless, I am sure you can think of a few I didn’t mention. Addiction traps you into feeling good and creates a false sense of connection. You hope that the temporary feeling will not be fleeting. But unfortunately, it does leave and you are left with feeling hopeless, depressed, and anxious and unfulfilled.

Purpose and direction are not easy to find but you do have it built inside you. Extra support may be needed to help peel away the layers hiding who you really are. Don’t struggle with attempting to figure this out on your own. Find a loved one, a professional or a qualified treatment center to help you find your true purpose and direction in life.

Lifeskills of South Florida is a co-occurring residential treatment center near Miami, Florida that can help you or a loved one stabilize mental health issues, manage personality disorders and break away from patterns of addiction. Our admissions staff can be reached at 844-749-1560.

Borderline Relationships

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013

Do you ever feel panicked because you are unsure of why your parents, friends and spouse make statements or behave strangely towards you? Frustration that your loved one doesn’t understand you, may feel like they are giving up on you. Thoughts that may cross your mind ; “Are they abandoning me?” and “Are they hurting me on purpose?” This can lead you to look for ways to get rid of these intense emotions and awful thoughts. Cutting, alcohol and drug addiction, promiscuity and other self-destructive behaviors become unhealthy ways of coping with feeling unloved and not accepted.

Often times, your loved one doesn’t realize why you are panicking, behaving in self-destructive ways or how they may be hurting you. The miscommunication and lack of understanding can cause terrible storms in your life. Learning to manage your emotional response and being mindful will help you stop unhealthy coping patterns and help you become more effective in your relationships.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can help you stabilize your emotions, manage uncomfortable feelings and learn to respond rather than react to situations. It is important to observe, describe and participate in the emotion that you are experiencing before jumping to conclusions such as your loved one is abandoning you. This will help to decrease your initial panic when things seem uncomfortable in your relationships.

Lifeskills South Florida has an adult residential treatment center, as well as an outpatient treatment center in Delray Beach, Florida, that can help you or a loved one face the challenges of substance use disorders, while stabilizing mental health issues, and managing personality disorders. The Lifeskills South Florida residential offices are located in Deerfield Beach, Florida and can be reached at 844-749-1560.

Lifeskills South Florida Erects New Residential Living Space

Thursday, 12 January, 2012
Rick Hugins, Hugins Construction Corporation and Jeff Steiner, CFO, Lifeskills South Florida

Rick Hugins, Hugins Construction Corporation and Jeff Steiner, CFO, Lifeskills South Florida

We have begun construction on a new residential living space that will accommodate an additional 10 clients.  The new building will compliment the other residential units by maintaining the Key West style of architecture.  The building is scheduled for a June 2012 completion.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Conference December 8-11, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, 17 December, 2011

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) held its annual meeting and symposium December 8-11, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ.  AAAP is an international professional membership organization founded in 1985 with approximately 1,000 members.  Membership consists of psychiatrists working with addiction, faculty at various academic institutions, medical students, residents and fellows, and related health professionals making a contribution to the field of addiction psychiatry.  This conference provides physicians and allied health professionals who treat patients with substance use and mental health disorders the latest scientific developments in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.  The meeting is structured to encourage interaction among clinicians from various disciplines, approaches, and settings. Lifeskills South Florida exhibited at the conference and staff attended concurrent educational sessions.

Resources:  www.aaap.org

Petros Levounis, MD of The Addiction Institute of New York and Michael Gillis, MSW of Lifeskills South Florida

Petros Levounis, MD of The Addiction Institute of New York and Michael Gillis, MSW of Lifeskills South Florida

Nancy Nitenson, MD of Boston, MA

Nancy Nitenson, MD of Boston, MA

Roger Weiss, MD Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program of McLean Hospital and Grace Hennessey, MD of VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Roger Weiss, MD Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program of McLean Hospital and Grace Hennessey, MD of VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Jaime Grodzicki, MD Silverhill Hospital and Marc Galanter, MD of New York University

Jaime Grodzicki, MD Silverhill Hospital and Marc Galanter, MD of New York University

Sherry Nykiel, MD Director, McLean Center at Fernside

Sherry Nykiel, MD Director, McLean Center at Fernside

Eric Collins, MD New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical School

Eric Collins, MD New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical School

Ed Khantzian, MD of Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, MA

Ed Khantzian, MD of Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, MA

John Mariani, MD AAAP Program Chair and Director of Columbia University's Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS)

John Mariani, MD AAAP Program Chair and Director of Columbia University’s Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS)

South Florida IAEDP Chapter Holds Holiday Fundraiser in Boca Raton, FL

Saturday, 17 December, 2011

The South Florida Chapter of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) held a fundraising luncheon at Maggiano’s Restaurant on December 3, 2011 in Boca Raton,FL.  Proceeds of the event go to providing education, certification and the promotion of effective treatment for eating disorders.

Resources for Education, Training and Treatment:

www.iaedp.com

www.timberlineknolls.com


www.sierratucson.com

Henah Gupta, PhD and Nicolle Arbelarz-Lopez, PsyD of South Florida IAEDP

Henah Gupta, PhD and Nicolle Arbelarz-Lopez, PsyD of South Florida IAEDP

Rachael Soliman of Timberline Knolls, Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund and Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC of Lifeskills South Florida

Rachael Soliman of Timberline Knolls, Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund and Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC of Lifeskills South Florida

Lisa Delaney, RD, MS, LD/N of Lifeskills South Florida

Lisa Delaney, RD, MS, LD/N of Lifeskills South Florida

Brandon Marshall’s Project Borderline Kickoff Event Program

Friday, 16 December, 2011

Brandon Marshall, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins comes out in support for raising awareness and promoting treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.  This event was held at Solita Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 2, 2011. Featured speakers were George Smith, LICSW, Program Director, Borderline Center Outpatient Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA and Dr. Anna Traylor of South Florida DBT, Inc. based in Boca Raton, FL.

Resources for Awareness and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder:

Amanda Smith and Laura Durant, LMHC

Amanda Smith and Laura Durant, LMHC

Michael Gillis, MSW and Brandon Marshall

Michael Gillis, MSW and Brandon Marshall

Anna Traylor, PsyD, Perry Hoffman, PhD and Jason Ross, PhD

Anna Traylor, PsyD, Perry Hoffman, PhD and Jason Ross, PhD

Susan Geraci, LCSW, Brandon Marshall, Rachel Whipple, LCSW and Laura Durant, LMHC

Susan Geraci, LCSW, Brandon Marshall, Rachel Whipple, LCSW and Laura Durant, LMHC

Maureen Smith, LICSW, George Smith, LICSW, Anna Traylor, PsyD and Michi Nogami-Marshall

Maureen Smith, LICSW, George Smith, LICSW, Anna Traylor, PsyD and Michi Nogami-Marshall

The Promise of Mentalization-Based Therapy in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

Thursday, 15 December, 2011

In 2008, Psychiatric News published an article using Mentalization-Based Therapy, MBT, with borderline personality disorder. A working definition of MBT is the use of imaginative mental activity or perceiving and interpreting human behavior in terms of intentional mental states (needs, feelings, goals, purpose) based on research by Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy)

The article was based upon the results of a study that tracked patients with BPD who were treated with MBT, group 1, and those who were treated with “treatment-as-usual” plus poly pharmaceuticals, or group 2. The results were intriguing. Those who were part of group 2 experienced more emergency room visits, and were almost 10 times more likely to have attempted suicide five years after hospitalization, initial treatment, and maintenance.

The core components of MBT are attachment theory (relationship with therapist) and developing the ability to observe one’s own emotions and those of other people and to appreciate how one’s behavior affects others. As one patient in one of the studies stated, “It never occurred to me that what I did had an effect on anyone else.”

Read more: Psychiatric News   | April 18, 2008
Volume 43 Number 8 page 28-29
Clinical and Research News

Untreated Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents Leads to Troubled Adulthood

Thursday, 15 December, 2011

Many who suffer from bipolar disorder may wait years from the first onset of the problem to first diagnosis. Generally, symptoms do not begin until adolescence but symptoms can be misdiagnosed.

In 2007, researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health studied 480 adults who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. On average, patients had suffered this debilitating illness for approximately 20 years, with symptoms starting in their early twenties.

Children and adolescents are often diagnosed with ADHD or depression and treated with drugs that do not address the shifts in mood, energy levels, or self-defeating behaviors.

For many suffering from bipolar disorder early diagnosis and appropriate treatment could spare them a life of out of control feelings and thoughts as well as substance abuse. The proper treatment can alter the course of the illness and the quality of the patient’s life.

New Study Reveals the Depth of Self-Harm Practices Among Teens

Sunday, 4 December, 2011

A new report released mid-November examining teenagers and self-harm found troubling results. One in 12 teenagers will engage in self-harming activities such as cutting, burning or other life threatening risks. The study was conducted by the Center for Adolescent Health, Melborne, Australia.

The problem is global, especially among girls and women 15-24 years of age. These acts of self-harm are considered predictors of mental health disorders and a vulnerability for suicide. The study followed young people from 1992 to 2008. For more information go to Sun-sentinel.com/health/sns-rt-us-self-harmtre7ag025-20111116,0,5980946.story

Lifeskills South Florida Professionals Weekend, November 10-13, 2011, Deerfield Beach, FL

Friday, 2 December, 2011

Lifeskills South Florida held a Professionals Weekend November 10-13, 2011 at its’ Deerfield Beach, FL location. The focus of the weekend was training on Mentalizing-based Treatment (MBT) for Adolescents, Adults and their Families. This forward thinking training was facilitated by Efrain Bleiberg, MD, Senior Psychiatrist and Past President of The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX. His book, Treating Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Relational Approach was published in the fall of 2001 by Guilford Press. There were over 35 professionals representing a variety of treatment disciplines from both the US and Canada.

Welcome to Lifeskills South Florida

Welcome to Lifeskills South Florida

Cesar Benarroche, MD Medical Director and Wideline Guillaume, Administrative Assistant

Welcoming our Attendees
Cesar Benarroche, MD Medical Director and Wideline Guillaume, Administrative Assistant

Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director

Lifeskills South Florida Staff Introduction
Michael Gillis, MSW Executive Director

Executive Director, Michael Gillis, MSW Clinical Director, Dawn DiCicco, LCSW Director of Admissions, Jackie Fetzer DBT Specialist, Laura Durant, LMHC

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Executive Director, Michael Gillis, MSW Clinical Director, Dawn DiCicco, LCSW Director of Admissions, Jackie Fetzer DBT Specialist, Laura Durant, LMHC

Lifeskills South Florida Staff

Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC Director of Outpatient Services

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Jason Ross, PhD, LMHC Director of Outpatient Services

DBT Specialist, Rachel Whipple, LCSW Trauma Specialist, Renee Altman, LCSW CBT Specialist, Tom Lewis, LMHC, CAP

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
DBT Specialist, Rachel Whipple, LCSW Trauma Specialist, Renee Altman, LCSW CBT Specialist, Tom Lewis, LMHC, CAP

Facilitator: Efrain Bleiberg, MD of the Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Facilitator: Efrain Bleiberg, MD of the Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX

Efrain Bleiberg, MD and Audrey Freshman, PhD, CASAC, Adelphi University

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Efrain Bleiberg, MD and Audrey Freshman, PhD, CASAC, Adelphi University

Elizabeth McGuire, LCSW of Wings Helps and Efrain Bleiberg, MD

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Elizabeth McGuire, LCSW of Wings Helps and Efrain Bleiberg, MD

Training Attendees

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Training Attendees

Maryse Duvalsaint, LCSW and John Crepsac, LCSW

Lifeskills South Florida Staff
Maryse Duvalsaint, LCSW and John Crepsac, LCSW

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