A condition in which thinking, emotions and behavior are changed in a way that is not ordinary for an individual. Changes have to be significant enough to negatively impact a person’s routine sufficiently to create distress in self and/or others in their life. If this occurs early in life the individual would follow a different life course than would have been true for them. Symptoms of mental illness can lead to harm of self or others, physical health problems, legal troubles, inability to pursue certain goals or maintain self-sufficiency. Symptoms can be episodic or chronic and impact can be mild to severe.
Lincoln has free kits for those receiving services here and are happy to share with those who care for them. Please speak with the individual’s case manager. If you do not have that name, ask for the Program Manager or Program Coordinator.
Mindful Yoga Therapy is a collection of simple and effective practices that have been adapted for people recovering from trauma. The objective is to help participants find a calm and steady mind/body connection to support productive and peaceful lives.
Mindful Yoga Therapy is different from other yoga as it:
Mindful Yoga is led by a skilled instructor in an environment that has been adapted to help participants to feel safe, secure and supported. It is held in 10-week sessions that can be repeated. At this time it is offered in person and on zoom.
If you are interested please let your primary clinician know and they will refer you. You will need your primary care physician to sign a form saying you are medically able to engage in yoga. You can find more information about this evidence-based practice at www.mindfulyogatherapy.org
Accepted insurances change frequently. This list will be updated when there are changes. Please note the date shown.
There are many practices you can put in place to help you stay sober, and by implementing the following tips, you will lessen your risk of relapse. Learn how to break addiction habits and identify cravings so you can manage and avoid the urge to relapse.
No, abstinence is not a requirement to attend Co-Occurring treatment. There are different pathways to recovery. You are in control and you decide what success looks and feels like to you.
To receive a particular diagnosis, you must meet a certain number of criteria, according to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). There are many checklists online that may help individuals to become aware that they meet certain criteria, but it is important to be assessed by a professional. This individual will look at alternative explanations for the symptoms you may have. They take into consideration medical causes, past history of trauma, family history, etc. For example, a person may have “racing thoughts”. This could be explained by Bipolar Disorder, an anxiety disorder, ADHD or sleep apnea. It could be situational or maybe just too much caffeine. They may also find that you have more than one diagnosis.
At Lincoln you will be scheduled to meet with an intake staff who will review any records you may have. This person will determine your initial diagnoses. You will also meet with a psychiatrist/prescriber who will complete a psychiatric evaluation and either leave that initial diagnosis or update/change it. Annually, the clinician assigned to your case will review your diagnoses. People should be aware of their diagnoses and ask questions as needed. Your diagnosis is not a label. It is a guide to help direct your treatment.
Lincoln has a Co-Occurring program. The term "co-occurring" used to be called "dual diagnosis" and refers to multiple diagnoses occurring together. In the mental health field it refers specifically to those who experience addiction, in addition to one or more other mental disorders. Historically, these two areas were treated separately. One side thought you have to get clean before knowing the mental health issues remaining. The other side believed that someone won't get clean until they work on their mental health problems. Eventually, it was realized that treatment had to occur simultaneously to be effective.
Living with mental illness and addiction can be overwhelming and the treatment of it quite complex. Fortunately strategies have been created through much study, with evidence showing that they work.
According to https://www.nimh.gov “Serious mental illness (SMI) is defined as mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.” Major life activities include work, school, and daily life and other expected role responsibilities.
LBS does see some children with disabilities such as autism, ADHD and learning disabilities, but it depends on a few factors.
Yes we do. Please call our office at 313-937-9500 to schedule an intake appointment.
In the State of Michigan:
Section 3 of the Child Protection Law, Act No. 238 of the Public Acts of 1975
Yes! Lincoln Behavioral Services has a Supported Employment program that can help some clients to create a resume, apply for jobs, and provide support when needed at their new job. Talk with your Case Manager or Therapist about a referral to this program.
Yes, in most cases, you will end up with more money by working than not working. You may need to keep your earnings under a certain limit for SSDI or your SSI check may be reduced as you earn money. Information can also be obtained at Disability Benefits 101 https://mi.db101.org/ or you can contact the Benefits to Work Coach through the Supported Employment Department.
There may be limits to how much you can earn and keep your health insurance or you may have to pay a small monthly premium. You can contact the Benefits to Work Coach through the Supported Employment Department at Lincoln Behavioral Services to find out more information. Information can also be obtained on at Disability Benefits 101 https://mi.db101.org/ . You can also talk with your Social Security office and DHHS worker to find out what will happen with your insurance when you start to work.
There is no limit on hours worked. Social Security only counts how much money you earn per month. If you have SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), you must make under a certain limit called Substantial Gainful Activity, which changes every year. You can contact the Benefits to Work Coach through the Supported Employment Department at Lincoln Behavioral Services to find out more information. Videos on SSDI and Planning for Work and SSDI Work Incentives are available at at Disability Benefits 101 https://mi.db101.org/, which explain working and benefits. Scroll thought all the video choices at the bottom of the home page. You can also talk to your local Social Security office for more help.
There is no limit on hours worked. Social Security only counts how much money you earn per month. If you have SSI (Social Security Income), only half your income will count after the first $85.00 you earn each month.
For example, if you earn $585.00 each month, Social Security will not count the first $85.00 and then reduce your monthly check by $250.00.
Yes, the Supported Employment department can assist clients who have felony records to find employment.
Yes, the Supported Employment Department can help you to find a job with your specific situation and talk with potential employers on your behalf.
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I’m doing the best I can.
I will make it through this.
I’m not alone, I have support.
Tomorrow is a new day.
It won’t last forever.
Things will get better.
Everything is as it should be.
No one is perfect.
Look at how far I’ve come.
There are better days to come.
I have skills now.
Next time it will be easier.
I can do this.
I will do this.
I can learn from this.
Everything is not my fault.
I’ve survived worse than this.
Don’t give up or quit.
I’m strong enough to do this.
I’m confident and capable.
It will get better.
I’ll feel so much better afterward.
I’m one step closer to my goal.
I will survive.
My best is good enough.
I can do better.
I trust myself and my opinions.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
Accentuate the positive.
I don’t agree and that’s okay.
I have hope.
BEING MINDFUL WITH A LEMON
The mind is a very powerful tool. To demonstrate how your mind can affect your body, we’re going to do a short activity using the mind. close your eyes and get comfortable.
What happened to your body while you were imagining the lemon juice in your mouth?
From: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Manual, Stanford University
Two Wolves - - A Cherokee Legend
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life...
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority,
self-doubt, and ego.
"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion,
"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other
person, too." The grandson thought about it for a minute and
then asked his grandfather - "Which wolf will win?"
The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."
Mental illness has been a part of the human condition since the beginning of known history. Some would say as early as 6500 BC, due to evidence found in remains. Asylums date back to the beginning of the 16th century. There may have been people who didn’t believe in the existence of mental illness throughout ancient and more recent historical times, but the idea has never gone away. Mental illness has been attributed to “an imbalance between complementary positive and negative bodily forces (according to Chinese medicine’s concept of yin and yang as early as 2700 BC), evil spirits, wandering uterus’, demonic possession, deficiency in or especially an excess of one of the four essential bodily fluids (i.e., humors)—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm, punishment from God, and probably many more.
It is likely people are skeptical because the origin starts in the brain and is invisible. What is visible are behaviors, hygiene, habits, reactions, etc. All these can be explained by judgments: no self-control, a slob, just doesn’t care, stupid, lazy, must be on drugs and more. Many symptoms are experienced at a lesser level by all humans. We all have bad moods, feel nervous at times, overeat, have periods of insomnia, etc., and believe that because we came out of it and took care of ourselves, that everyone can. A bad mood is very different than a major depressive episode, which can be debilitating, and fatal.
Another way that illness is considered real stems from its being based on something external. “most people think of diseases as external invaders of the body like bacteria, viruses, or parasites”. Diseases result in coughing, vomiting, passing out, changes in our body like enlargement of knuckles with arthritis. Mental illness is most often based on self-report of symptoms and family history.
As medicine continues to make advances we accumulate more proof of the existence of mental illness. One way is through brain scans:
For a long time the existence of fibromyalgia was questioned. It was later determined to be a neurologic chronic health condition. Does anyone question dementia? The brain rules over all that is physical and mental/cognitive in the human body. Doesn’t it make sense that impairment could create false thinking and sensations, unexplained mood states? Sometimes a potential illness won’t manifest unless triggered. Nature vs. nurture should really be nature and nurture. Be assured that no one with mental illness wants it. It is a very real thing.