DMHAS: CMHC-Anxiety & Personality Disorders

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Anxiety/Personality Disorders Program

The Anxiety/Personality Disorders Program provides comprehensive outpatient services to approximately 200 individuals who carry the diagnoses of anxiety or personality disorders as well as those characterized as "other," meaning those individuals not included in the major diagnostic groupings. "Other" encompasses a wide range of diagnoses including various developmental disorders, Impulse Control and Explosive disorders, Paraphilias, and Mental Retardation usually in combination with other psychiatric problems. Patients are usually seen between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, but clinicians try to accommodate needs for later or earlier appointments when necessary. Off-hours and on weekends, emergency service is provided by CMHC Acute Services and by the On-call system.

In addition to individual, group, and family psychotherapy, the Program offers the following diagnosis-specific treatments: 

1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: a cognitive-behavioral treatment developed by Linehan to assist patients with borderline personality disorder to learn the skills and behaviors necessary to coping more effectively with their symptoms and their lives. This therapy involves weekly individual treatment and weekly skills groups. Team clinicians have been extensively trained in this approach.

2. Anxiety Group: focused on teaching individuals with a variety of anxiety disorders behavioral methods to manage their symptoms. The goals of the group are to teach coping skills in the context of a supportive group experience.

3. Treatment Program for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Patients: comprehensive clinical, case management, and rehabilitative services offered by a clinician who is fluent in American sign language and experienced in working with both hearing and hearing impaired/deaf populations.

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