Retreats, detox centers, mental hospitals -- help me find what I need
June 13, 2012 4:17 PM Subscribe
Best retreats, inpatient facilities (insurance or not), escapes, detox centers, and other ways that you changed your life dramatically for the better and kicked depression/anxiety once and for all!
posted by 3491again to health & fitness (9 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So a couple of years ago I was really stressed out about attending graduate school and I thought I was freaked out enough to check myself into an inpatient setting. I didn't end up going, but I realize that I still have a need to take some time out in a major way, and to address some issues that have been bothering me for a long time.
I've been in therapy a lot and have addressed many of my childhood and young adult experiences. I'm pretty sick of talking about it at this point, and think I understand most of it. But I still suffer from ongoing problems with depression and anxiety that don't seem to respond to medication. I'm trying to figure out what to do in my career, never feel fully satisfied, get annoyingly needy and negative in relationships, etc.
I can see myself in some of the traits of borderline personality disorder, but have never been diagnosed formally. I'm not a cutter and don't boil bunnies -- but I can relate to the depiction of people who just get emotionally dysregulated (moody and anxious) a lot and feel like an angsty teenager. I'm unhappy a lot of the time, and I get out of sorts easily. I don't think I'm bipolar as I don't get mania or hypomania and I just seem to be very sensitive to my environment, not to have ups and downs that are biochemically based.
I've been reading a lot of addiction/mental health type memoirs and I would like to have a transformative experience as well. I want to be able to achieve more than I am currently, to leave a real legacy, to be brave enough to pursue my dreams.
So. I'm thinking of taking some time off -- a few weeks or a couple of months -- to just go somewhere and sort all of this out. A retreat, an inpatient or day facility, a hike on the Appalachian trail?
I've been googling around for good places to go as a patient but it's hard to find ratings across categories. I'm happy to travel anywhere in the world (US/EU citizenship), and to pay out of pocket. However, I'd of course prefer something less expensive rather than more. I have a small amount of savings that I'm happy to spend if it would have a big impact on the rest of my life. I have American health insurance.
I'm open to New Age-y retreats, yoga centers, mental hospitals that specialize in borderline-type issues, really good therapists who live in other parts of the country where I could sublet and see them intensively, Esalen, detox centers, wellness activities, weight loss centers in Africa, whatever.
I'm new to this whole world and I'd love to find a site that reviews these types of places, or provides guidance in how to put together a transformative experience and kick this depression/anxiety once and for all.
Any guidance would be much appreciated!