With our focus on becoming more resilient in your recovery, First Light Recovery treats individuals contingent on needs, starting with your treatment plan, getting back into the community, and addressing your vocational goals. We provide a full level of care which focuses on Residential Mental Health care. First Light is unique in its approach to reach you at your emotional needs with the assistance of a service animal with appropriate documentation.
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The key differential with Schizoaffective disorder is the addition of a mood disturbance of either depression or a manic state. This commonly is misdiagnosed with other mood or psychotic disorders as most individuals experiencing psychosis experience depressive symptoms. Individuals with schizoaffective experience an extreme mood disturbance effecting their basic functioning, such as increase in suicide, extreme impulsive and/or reckless behaviors, while currently experiencing hallucinations and/or delusions. It is possible for this individual to experience psychotic episodes without the presence of a mood disorder, and are observed to be more bizarre, disorganized speech, flight of ideas, racing thoughts, mumbling to themselves, catatonic reactions, laughing at inappropriate times, increase in depression, and for some individuals there is an increase in paranoia.
The core issue to identify in someone with social anxiety is fear of further judgment in social settings. This comes from either not responding “appropriately” in their perception of the social norm, causing fear of a future outcome from social pressure. Individuals will avoid certain social settings to avoid this discomfort as a way of managing their anxiety, and hyper-focus on the perception of others and its effect on the individual’s identity. There is always fear associated with the social settings, fear of interacting with others, and fear of being observed by their peers. Individuals experience symptoms such as panic, tension, crying, isolation, sweating, staring, issues with communicating, and freezing either in the social setting or when the individual is asked to go in public.
Where generalized anxiety has a slower onset and lasts for multiple days, panic attacks are more abrupt and last up to a couple of hours. This is marked by extreme discomfort, and at times the individual feels they are having a heart attack from the increase in palpitations, accelerated heart rate, and pounding heart. Individuals who experience panic attacks live in fear of experiencing another one and will avoid certain interactions or situations to avoid the panic attack. This abrupt surge can come from either a calm state or from an anxiety-provoking state, and it is in the unknown state which causes emotional discomfort. For those with panic attacks, they experience symptoms such as shaking, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty with taking deep breaths, nausea, chills or heat sensations, numbness or tingling, and fear of going “crazy”. At times, the triggering event to the panic attack is known, but it is possible for the panic attack to be unexpected which causes further concern of feeling there is something wrong.
Everyone can relate with being impulsive in life. The difference is most of the population feel more in control of their impulses and learn from past decisions instead of engaging in them over and over again. Impulse-control disorder is marked by an impairment in overall decision-making, are more emotionally reactive to de-escalate their current state, and do not put much thought into the potential consequences. Individuals who relate with impulse control issues struggle with planning, making realistic goals, exploring alternative outcomes, and feeling safe to manage their current emotional state. This can result in risky behaviors resulting in hospitalizations to potential legal issues.
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
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Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to
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