According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), more than 16 million people suffered from major depressive disorder (MDD) in 2016. Also from NIMH, more than 1.3 million people attempted suicide in 2016. The last great revolution in the treatment of depression was in the 1980's with the advent of SSRI's like zoloft and Prozac. These drugs proved to be effective with a large portion of the population. The 1990's gave us mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which heightened our clinical ability to treat major depression. But MBCT and SSRI's are all we've had to offer depression patients for the last twenty years, and unfortunately there are still millions of people who do not respond to these standard treatments. These people have "treatment resistant" major depression.
With the advent of ketamine, however, we have a powerful new tool that is changing the way psychologists treat major depression. The Awakened Mind Institute (AMI) is among the few clinics in the country that specializes in the ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Ketamine is also showing strong indications of being useful in working with generalized anxiety and psychological trauma (PTSD). In conjunction with a local ketamine clinic, we can now break through treatment resistant depression and trauma.
The Awakened Mind Institute is among the few clinics in the country that specializes in the out-patient treatment of bipolar depression (BD). BD is a devastating disorders that typically strike adolescents and young adults - and of course their loved ones and families.
The Awakened Mind Institute is among the few clinics in the country that specializes in the out-patient treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is a devastating disorders that typically strike adolescents and young adults - and of course their loved ones and families.
People don't drown because they can't swim; they drown because they panic.
In working with psychological trauma, the challenge is to learn how to remember without reliving. The therapists at the Denver Psychotherapy Center have been administering PTSD treatment for over 17,000 hours. Our clinical expertise actively helps our clients learn to work with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD).
Teens today are under tremendous pressure to perform and excel academically and socially. Modern teens must also navigate unprecedented access to drugs and sexuality, massive pressure from their peers, and the incessant presence of social media. If that teen is also struggling with a psychological trauma, an eating disorder, or a serious mood or personality disorder, then the consequences can truly begin to mount and take a harsh toll.
More and more, Western clinical psychology is turning to the great Wisdom traditions of the East to supplement and to generate further our understanding of human suffering and the creation of meaning and happiness in human life. Buddhist psychology, in particular, is adept at creating the penetrative insights that can transform how we understand and work with our thoughts and emotions. This is especially true for the the treatment of grief and loss, poly substance dependence, psychological trauma, and personality and mood disorders.
Are you (or a loved one) struggling with an eating disorder? Do you feel guilt, shame, embarrassment, hopelessness or fear in in situations involving food? Do you feel lost, out of control, in your relationship with food; Does your relationship with food negatively impact your friends, family, and life goals?