Daniel was always a bit of an overachiever when it came to school. His fixation on doing well academically aided him throughout high school and even into college until his sophomore year when everything became overwhelming and unmanageable. Upon taking a leave of absence from school and a series of events that led him to the Young Adult Partial Hospital program at Butler, Daniel has a new understanding of his tendency toward achievement. He said, “Looking back, I can see that I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life. When I was younger that meant I’d obsess over my school work, getting it done and making sure it was perfect.”
While attending the Young Adult Partial Hospital program, which typically lasts five to eight weekdays with a daily schedule of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the program’s individualized counseling helped Daniel set specific goals and gauge his progress. And perhaps most critically, Daniel found the support and confidence to take control of his anxious thoughts by building relationships and practicing coping skills with peers.
After completing the program, Daniel felt he had the skills and determination to enroll in college classes again. He said, “It was helpful to connect with other people going through similar concerns. I felt like the epitome of loneliness until I met other people going through the same things. The group activities and skills classes were awesome; we got to cover skills in a broad overview, then talk through our own individual application of them.”
The Young Adult Partial Hospital Program at Butler was designed to meet the specific needs of young adults ranging in age from 18 to 26 years old. The program draws on a variety of aspects from different types of proven therapies and provides a supportive environment to empower young adults to learn how to gain control of their illness and strive to achieve their personal goals.