Mental Health Treatment

For centuries, people have strived to continuously develop new ways to maintain physical health and wellbeing, as well as discover medications and establish practices that can help treat physical ailments. In the United States, the focus on physical health is significant, as now more than ever before are there people working to break down barriers in medicine and provide only the most cutting-edge, top-of-the-line treatment. Unfortunately, the country is still behind the eight ball when it comes to giving this much energy and effort to mental health.

Often a topic of conversation on the news, online articles, and social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, mental health and the importance of it is starting to come to the forefront of healthcare. Tragedies such as school shootings, terrorist attacks, and unconscionable murders have brought mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder into the spotlight, as the vast majority of people behind these crimes were struggling with one or more of these or other mental illnesses. This, paired with how many people in America today are experiencing mental illness, is beginning to help change the way our society looks at mental illness and how we better treat it.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults ages 18 and older in the United States experience a mental illness. Additionally, 1 in 25 adults in the country live with a serious mental illness. NAMI also reports that one-half of all chronic mental illnesses start by age 14, with another three quarters occurring by age 24.

Living with a mental illness, treated or not, can be extremely burdensome for both the person with the illness and those around him or her. As society continues to open up to treating mental illnesses with the same vigor as physical ailments, people who are struggling and who will struggle with one or more mental health conditions can begin receiving the care and support they need to preserve their quality of life.

Types of Mental Health Problems

As previously mentioned, mental illness is highly common in America, with millions of people living with symptoms of one or more mental health conditions every single day. And while there are dozens of different kinds of mental illnesses, some are much more prominent and common than others.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are currently affecting 18.1% of people in the United States. The symptoms associated with each anxiety disorder vary, however generally all people with anxiety experience paranoia, intense fear, and panic attacks that can affect their daily lives.

Depression

Approximately 6.9% of people have depression, a common mood disorder that intrudes on one’s ability to live a productive life. Depending on the severity of the depression, an individual can show symptoms such as an inability to get out of bed, excessive sleepiness, extreme irritability, and suicidal behaviors. When depression is not treated, individuals are at risk for taking extreme action such as committing suicide or harming others.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, which is technically a form of depression, affects 2.6% of people in the U.S. People with bipolar disorder tend to go from one extreme to the next with their mood. For example, someone might go from being at the height of a manic episode where their energy is off-the-charts and their decision-making is aggressive and impulsive to being highly depressed with little to no energetic output.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects 1.1% of the American public and is a mental illness that is known for the psychotic symptoms it can cause. It is not uncommon for someone with schizophrenia to experience hallucinations and delusions, as well as become highly confused in their thinking and unable to concentrate. Schizophrenia is very hard to live with and often takes a significant amount of therapeutic work to manage.

Signs of a Mental Health Problem

Mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and those listed above can be hard to decipher, especially if little is known about them. And while symptoms associated with each type of mental illness vary, there are a multitude of symptoms that signal that a mental illness is occurring. For example, those with a mental illness might experience:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Extreme and unpredictable mood swings
  • Trouble coping with daily stressors
  • Social isolation
  • Problems sleeping (e.g. sleeping too much or too little)

Another significant sign of a mental health problem is the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. For many individuals, the symptoms associated with mental health problems can be overwhelming to a point where instantaneous relief is needed. Drinking alcohol and using drugs can provide that escape all while muting one’s symptoms for a period of time. Unfortunately, when drugs and/or alcohol are abused, symptoms associated with a mental illness can become worse than they were before the use began.

Mental Health Problems and Substance Abuse

Reports show that 45% of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental illness like depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, or anxiety. As previously mentioned, many people turn to drugs and alcohol to drown out their symptoms of a mental illness, however that is not the only reason why these two conditions are so closely related.

For example, someone with a panic disorder may be prescribed a quick but short-acting medication like Ativan or Xanax and directed to use it when feeling a panic attack coming on or while experiencing one. Due to the nature of an anxiety disorder like this, people can easily take too much of the drug throughout the day, as they are attempting to self-medicate their own symptoms. Unfortunately, doing that can lead to addiction, as can abusing these and other mind-altering substances as a way to calm symptoms down enough so that the individual can perform at work, school, or at home.

When both a mental illness and a substance use disorder are occurring at the same time, it is known as a dual diagnosis. This type of diagnosis is treated by addressing both issues simultaneously in a professional treatment setting, such as Taylor Recovery Center.

Mental Health Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center

Mental Health Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center is designed to meet the needs of each and every patient who presents with one or more mental illnesses in addition to their substance use disorder. Treating mental illnesses is critical, as they can not only cause a number of severe impacts on one’s life on their own, but they can also agitate a substance use disorder. And while a substance use disorder is not a mental illness, as it is a disease, it does impact one’s psychological and emotional health in ways that mental illnesses can. Therefore, treating both issues at the same time is critical in helping patients establish a solid footing in recovery.

Therapy and medication

It is common practice to provide patients with a mental illness and a substance use disorder with a combined treatment approach so that all areas of their condition can be properly addressed. One of the first things that patients will do, regardless of what level of addiction treatment they enter in to, is start participating in therapy.

Exceptional focus is placed on mental health treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, ensuring that all patients are engaged in a number of different therapies capable of helping him or her manage their lives better. Individual therapy, which is done in a private setting with a therapist, often serves as the starting line for treatment, as it allows patients to get right to work on their mental health and wellbeing with a professional who can show them the way. Group therapy, behavioral therapies, an even experiential therapies are also used for mental health treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, as each therapy offers benefits that can help modify the patients’ lifestyles to support recovery.

While receiving therapy, patients may also be prescribed medications in the event that their mental illness requires such an approach. The medications that can be used, ranging from antidepressants to antipsychotics, can help balance out patients’ brain chemistries so that they are better able to manage their symptoms of their mental illness.

Because it can take some time to address both the mental illness and the substance use disorder, as well as take time to prescribe a medication and for it to begin to work, patients with a mental illness and a substance use disorder are usually encouraged to enter in to more hands-on treatment, such as residential treatment.

Get Professional Addiction Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center Today

If you are struggling with a mental health problem and/or a substance use disorder, know that you can learn how to manage both and live a happy, peaceful life.

Do not wait any longer to reach out and ask about mental health treatment at Taylor Recovery Center. We can help you get started on your path towards recovery.

You or your loved one can be in treatment today.

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