Dr. Carol Lynn Childers provides psychiatric services to clients in the Chicago area through her work with Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., and the Lincoln Square Center, both part of Heartland Health Centers. A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers oversees the organization's residential substance abuse treatment center.
Individuals in need of assistance to break free from addictions can choose to remain at home while receiving treatment or attend a residential substance abuse treatment center. The former option offers lower costs and less disruption, while the latter ensures more intensive care and continuous support.
Choosing which program to pursue depends upon the individual's life situation, needs, and personality. For example, a more self-driven person can recover from an addiction more easily while remaining at home and working than someone less inclined toward self-motivated action. The severity of the addiction may also help determine which path to take.
Residential treatment centers offer particular advantages for those who have previously relapsed and those who may experience serious withdrawal effects. They also provide more peer support from others undergoing treatment at the same time
Dr. Carol Lynn Childers works with Chicago’s Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and Healthcare Alternative Systems as a consulting psychiatrist. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers has long maintained a particular interest in the effects that physical exercise can have on mental health.
Studies by mental health professionals have shown a strong correlation between healthy exercise and a person’s overall mental state. Scientists understand that the body produces its own natural mood-lifting, anxiety-fighting hormones--enkephalins and endorphins--in response to exercise.
The concentration necessary to move through a workout can serve as a distraction from negative and nagging thoughts, and can in itself help a person achieve a state of greater calm and peacefulness. And because physical activity often takes a person outside the familiar walls of home and into contact with others, the social aspects of exercise can help in warding off depression and boosting self-esteem.
Regular exercise tends to physically increase the volume of specific parts of the brain due to the increase in blood flow and the delivery of additional nutrients and oxygen to those regions. Investigations using animals have shown that exercise helps the hippocampus, which is directly involved in emotional self-regulation, to generate new neurons. The same may also be true of human beings.
Experts have noted the many positive results of exercise in relation to conditions as serious as mild and moderate depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia.