"I have suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for a number of years. I can tell you that OCD is more than just turning lights on and off and constant hand washing. OCD is a disease in which intrusive thoughts cause sufferers to behave irrationally. This is the reason why I came to AAMH.
When my symptoms began to amplify, my family thought there were evil spirits inhabiting me. This made me feel inferior and unworthy. Many people that are affected with a mental illness such as OCD find this stigma all too common. As my symptoms got worse, my family decided it was time for me to see a doctor. I was hospitalized for over two weeks and unfortunately, was not given the proper medication management until I came to AAMH.
AAMH's team of doctors placed me on the proper medication schedule and was persuasive in getting me to commit to join the Partial Care Program. Combined with the right medical treatment, my time with the Partial Care Program has taught me how to cope with my symptoms, almost to the point where I do not even notice them. The counselors, interns and other staff here at AAMH have been instrumental in my recovery.
I have found many of the support groups here to be enjoyable and stress-free, including, surprisingly cleaning the kitchen! I have also made many friends here which is something I never thought would happen since I was really shy upon my arrival at AAMH.
One of my proudest accomplishments that I have made here is balancing college courses while in the program. I do realize that even though I have spent almost 2 years in the program, I still have many things to learn and goals to accomplish. I know that I will accomplish these goals because of the time I spend at AAMH."
"My first experience with depression was when my grandparents passed away a few years ago. My mood changed and I felt down every day. I was having trouble leaving my bedroom and I only wanted to sleep each hour of the day away. My family became worried and thought I should seek treatment.
Upon arriving at AAMH, I was diagnosed with depression. Soon thereafter, I was placed on medication that stabilized my unhappy moods and thoughts. As of today, I am enjoying life and am in a much better place than I was before I came to the agency.
My coming to AAMH was a godsend. I go to support groups during the day to help me cope with everyday life. The counselors here help me through the day and answer any questions I may have.
I have been at AAMH for a little over a year and in that time; the program has given me a brand-new outlook on life."
"After suffering through a traumatic personal experience, I found myself spiraling into a severe depression and mental breakdown. I stopped going to work, showering and even eating. I felt as thought I didn't care for anyone or anything anymore.
I was referred to AAMH in 2008 by a counselor at Princeton House. Coming to AAMH was extremely difficult for me as I was angry for leading myself to this point in my life. I had carried so much pain for so long that I felt as though I could never trust anyone ever again.
After over a year of treatment here, I feel like a new person. When I look at the world, I am excited about the possibilities. I can smile again and I am in touch with my emotions. Through the treatment programs at AAMH, I have learned so much about myself and about my illness. I have been blessed to have such terrific counselors to take care of me.
I am thankful for being accepted into the program at AAMH and for being able to share my journey with others that may be in similar situations. After all, to whom much is given, much is definitely required.
AAMH's Partial Care program clients participate in a variety of therapy groups each week to help them express their thoughts, feelings and emotions in healthy and inspiring ways."