Cutting is a form of self-harm behavior that is deliberately used to inflict pain on oneself secondary to severe underlying emotional distress. Cutting is often practiced to relieve the mental anguish brought on by the deep underlying issues. This self-harm behavior can be made into a ritualistic practice and after it is performed feelings of guilt and self-pity arise once again resulting in a viscous cycles of emotional self-abuse. There is no “one size fits all” treatment approach for cutting or any other type of self-harm behavior but rather this behavior is treated on an individual basis. Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy”, is the first-line overall approach to treating individuals who cut. There are many forms of psychotherapy and some forms may work better than other for certain individuals. In general psychotherapy approaches work to address the following:
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a type of depressive disorder that affects more than 15 million adults in the United States and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for individuals 15-44 years of age. Depressive disorders are characterized under mood disorders and cause severe symptoms that affect how one thinks, feels, and interacts with others. This can result in extreme unhappiness in every aspect of an individual’s life resulting in potential turmoil in the workplace, in the home and in personal relationships with others. Depression is a multifactorial mood disorder meaning that many causes contribute to this disorder such as genetic factors and major life stressors. Children who have lost a parent before 10 years of age have an increase risk of depression later in life. Additional factors such as poor parent-child relationships and substance abuse are also known to increase the risk of developing depression. Antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are known as the first-line treatment for depression in adults and teens. The following are psychotherapy approaches used to also treat depression in conjunction with medication.
Anxiety disorders consist of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder and agoraphobia and are characterized by an intense state of worry and fear resulting from a threatening event or life stressor. Anxiety can be normal in cases of everyday stress or serious life stressors and individuals usually overcome this worry once the stressor dissipates however in individuals with anxiety disorder, their state of worry becomes more intensified over time. Anxiety disorders can be treated with a combination of pharmacological therapy and psychotherapy. Studies have shown that when used in combination versus alone, both of these treatments can have faster clinical outcomes with longer lasting effects. The two classes of pharmacological therapy used to treat anxiety disorders are antidepressants and benzodiazepines. Psychotherapy used to treat anxiety disorders include cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and applied relaxation are well-known first-line therapy approaches.
TRICARE is a health program for uniformed serve members and their families as well as National Guard and reserve members. Mental health disorders and eating disorders are prevalent among all individuals including those who have served and currently serve in the armed services of the United States. Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program supports the United States armed forces and works hard to deliver the best treatment to each individual. Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program is in network with TRICARE, TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Standard.
Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program and TRICARE work together to provide the following treatment programs:
Don't have all your information? Don't worry, Discovery can still help. Just call 866.933.0866 or fill out this quick form and a treatment specialist will be right with you!