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The Dorm 2023 Outcomes & Impact Report

The Dorm 2023 Outcomes
& Impact Report

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Anxiety Symptom
Reduction in Young Adults

As part of treatment at The Dorm, clients learn coping strategies, tools for reducing anxiety, and emotion regulation skills that help them to better navigate triggers and reduce worries about the future.

Our Outcomes

Clients experience statistically significant reductions in anxiety symptoms, with average scores at admission indicating severe symptoms that drop to moderate levels at discharge.

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD-7)
STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT

Anxiety graph

Severe symptoms at intake may include detachment, communication issues (absentmindedness, inability to pay attention), agitation, restlessness, and a negative outlook on oneself and the future.
At discharge, our clients are able to:

Regulate in times of heightened anxiety

Pinpoint that a thought pattern is irrational (using wise mind)

Communicate their needs in times of anxiety or during anxious episodes

Experience fewer anxious episodes/ fidgeting behaviors and levels of discomfort

Utilize distress and emotion regulation skills when triggered

Meaningfully participate in social and academic or vocational endeavors

0%

suicidal ideation

0%

psychiatric hospitalizations

Progressing from severe to moderate anxiety is a major clinical milestone that is not only difficult to achieve but represents an enormous improvement in clients’ quality of life. We see individuals go from struggling with basic day-to-day encounters to suddenly initiating social relationships or looking forward to activities they have planned

Amie DiTomasso

Amie DiTomasso, LICSW

Assistant Director - The Dorm

Clinical Case Example: Andy (he/him)

Andy

Presenting Problem:

At intake, Andy struggled with generalized anxiety and co-occurring diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, substance use disorder, major depressive disorder, and a history of trauma.

  • Substances were used for coping with anxiety

  • On a leave of absence from college

  • Strong friction in his relationship with his parents

Andy’s Life Goals: In His Words

  • Be able to live alone

  • Stay sober

  • Go back to college

  • Get a part-time job and take financial responsibility

  • Work on relationship with parents

Treatment Plan

Andy Schedule

Andy Today: Outcomes

Today, Andy works part-time, has returned to college, and lives autonomously in the city. He has built productive anxiety coping mechanisms, is better able to express and identify emotions as well as manage household tasks like paying bills on time. He maintains sobriety, is engaged in mindfulness and movement on a regular basis, and is working towards a stronger, more communicative relationship with his parents.

Community Impact of Treatment

Andy formed healthy accountability through friendship and camaraderie.

  • He would frequently walk to The Dorm with his peers, chat between sessions in the Clubhouse and participate in daily activities such as grocery shopping and building furniture

  • He was actively engaged in discussions during group therapy sessions

  • At discharge, he had begun to sustain a broader social circle that brought friends together from The Dorm and school

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