Camaraderie on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted on 01/28/15 12:53:pm

Super Bowl Sunday, a day rooted in decades of tradition, infamous commercials, and world champions. At Rogers Memorial Hospital’s FOCUS program, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about being a part of a group of individuals who are facing the same challenges with life transitions. FOCUS residents will be watching the game, enjoying snacks together and, although some residents may not be interested in the game’s outcome, the key is participation.

“Individuals with mood disorders often isolate and withdraw from activities that are important to living a rewarding life,” said Rachel Leonard, PhD, behavioral activation specialist and clinical supervisor of the FOCUS residential program for young adults.

Participating in enjoyable experiences, such as the FOCUS residents watching the Super Bowl together, is part of their behavioral activation therapy to help improve mood and work toward a fulfilling, active life. This not only engages the residents, it reinforces the idea that everyone is in this together. As Dr. Leonard mentions, it is natural for individuals with mood disorders to avoid social interaction and activities; when the residents are reminded that their peers are experiencing similar difficulties, it creates a stronger sense of camaraderie.

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