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Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for children, teens and adults.

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March 22, 2011 - 10:45am

A former Child Center patient shares view of her treatment experience while in residential care for hair-pulling disorder, and of how much she loves life now.

Kerri L.At 13 years old, with masses of beautiful hair and long eyelashes, most people would never know ”Kerri L." came to Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Child Center a year ago having dropped out of school because she couldn’t stop pulling out her hair.

The reason: a compulsion. “Trichotillomania,” an impulse control disorder often drives its sufferers to pick, pull and tear at their hair. By the time she came to Rogers, even the many hats Kerri wore to cover up her bald patches couldn’t hide the shame and frustration she felt toward herself.

“It’s hard to understand unless you have it yourself,” Kerri explains. “It didn’t hurt to pull out my hair. It relaxed me and kind of made me feel better,” she said.

Although her parents remained supportive, it was clear to both Kerri and her family that she needed professional help. The family ended up bringing Kerri to the Child Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital.

“I was, honestly, excited for it,” Kerri said. “Coming to Rogers gave me a change to help myself and to meet to other people who were going through difficult times. Everyone was so encouraging and accepted me for who I was.”


Kerri L.When it came time to come home, Kerri said she was excited and felt ready. “I took what I’d learned and put it in my normal life. Rogers really prepared me.”
 Looking back, Kerri said at one time her compulsions to pull out her hair seemed insurmountable. “I’ve heard stories about people living with it their entire life, and eventually even giving up on life because it was just so hard.” That’s not the case, she said. You can get better. “Keep thinking positive and keep trying your best. It’s not going to be like this forever.” 
Today, Kerri lives her life free of hats and shame and ready to face the day. “I love my life now. My hair grew back, my eyelashes are back. I never wear hats anymore. I am very involved with extra curricular activities at school. My parents relationship used to be really rocky, but we’re best friends now.”

This sentiment is shared by Kerri’s mom, who acknowledged the progress her daughter has made. “I see how far she’s come and I am thrilled to see her happy and thriving and see her doing things that she never would have wanted to do before,” she said. “It’s what every mother wants for her daughter. To see that is really very humbling and very amazing.”

Kerri’s father found the support Rogers showed his daughter spread to the family as a whole. “We feel like we have some kind of relationship with Rogers. They’ve been great to our family. Everyone involved has been wonderful, welcoming and supportive.” The whole experience, he said, has helped to reunite his family, and bring his long-lost daughter home. “We’re back at the point of being the wonderful girl I’ve known her to be.”

The peak age of onset for Trichotillomania is age nine to 13. The Trichotillomania Learning Center suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy, such as habit-reversal training, should be the initial treatment of choice. The Child Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital is the only program in the nation that provides intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy for children. If you are interested in treatment at the Child Center, you can request an initial screening online.

Kerri was a real patient at the Child Center; we’ve changed her name at her request. It is our great honor that she and her family asked us to help them share their story.

 

 

 

 

February 24, 2011 - 1:37pm

"Music was my 'key to life'," eating disorders survivor, mentor and recovery advocate Shannon Cutts explained during her performance called "Beauty Undressed" at Marquette University on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 sponsored by Rogers Memorial Hospital. "Music was the dream that the eating disorder took away from me. I became determined to reclaim that dream," she said.

Shannon shared some of her story while she toured Rogers prior to the performance.

 

Shannon was in Wisconsin as part of Marquette University and Rogers Memorial Hospital's observation of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. A nationally known blogger, and author of "Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back," Shannon uses the power of song to share the story of her recovery from her eating disorder.

Shannon founded MentorConnect, an online mentoring group helping people to break through the isolation of eating disorder by sharing the tools of recovery in supporting relationships. You can find out more about Shannon Cutts at MentorConnect.com, and on her website, Key-to-life.com.

Find out more about eating disorders treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital by completing an online request for a screening.

February 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Sometimes making life worth living means working to educate other physicians about the impact mood disorders and depression may have on themselves and their colleagues.

Dr. Jerry Halverson will give a Grand Rounds presentation titled “Physician Suicide: A Preventable Tragedy” for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Psychiatry on Feb. 9, 2011.Rogers Memorial Hospital Madison - Dr. Jerry Halverson

The latest research shows physicians have a much higher incidence of successful suicide than non-physicians of the same age group. “We’ll be taking a look at suicide risk factors and barriers to treatment in physicians,” Halverson said.

Over 400 physicians a year are lost to suicide, he said. “These deaths are preventable if we do what we can to bring attention to problem. Talking about depression and reducing the stigma that still inhibits those conversations can help to save lives,” Halverson said.

Dr. Halverson, is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a subspecialty in psychosomatic medicine. He serves as medical director for adult services at Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc.

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