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Mental Health Treatment
About 57.7 million Americans suffer from some type of mental illness in a given year, but less than one-third seek treatment.
There are many different mental health disorders a person might have, including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Although mental health problems can be debilitating, they are treatable. A person with a diagnosis just needs to find the right type of treatment for his or her situation in a place that offers mental health services, such as Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers. You can call the Admissions team at (805) 266-7122 to discuss your situation and learn about our mental health treatment programs.
Identifying a Mental Health Disorder
Each mental health disorder has its own symptoms. However, there are some general signals that indicate a person might have a problem. If a person has any sudden changes in personality or mood, stops enjoying activities they once loved, or begins to isolate him or herself, then seeking help from a professional is recommended. Additionally, if a person begins demonstrating behavior patterns or thoughts that are dangerous or disruptive to his or her work, school, relationships, or daily life, then he or she might have a problem requiring professional help. Even if he or she does not meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, he or she might have a sub-threshold condition that will benefit from assistance. Early detection and treatment improves the chances of a full recovery.
The best way to receive an accurate diagnosis is to talk with a psychologist or medical professional. There is no single specific mental health test, but there are a variety of screening tools that medical professionals can use to make an assessment and identify and diagnose a condition or conditions. It is important to remember to discuss all emotional, cognitive and physical symptoms in order to be accurately diagnosed.
The Difficulty of Finding an Accurate Mental Health Diagnosis
Some mental health disorders are harder to discern than others, especially if a patient does not provide enough information. For example, bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression because people may visit a doctor or therapist during a depressive state and fail to mention their manic episodes. Additionally, some mental health problems have physical symptoms that might be symptomatic of a medical problem that needs to be ruled out first. For example, panic or anxiety attacks have physical symptoms that might be caused by a thyroid or heart problem. A doctor will want to first ensure that a person’s physical health is fine before turning the focus to mental health.
There are many different mental health conditions that a person might develop, including panic disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, schizo-affective disorder, borderline personality disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Each disorder also has a spectrum of subcategories. Working with a therapist or medical professional will help a person get an accurate diagnosis. Once a person has a diagnosis for a condition – or multiple, co-occurring conditions – it is important to decide upon a treatment strategy.
Mental Health Treatment
There are several different levels of treatment for mental health conditions, ranging from hospitalization to mental health homes to mental health clinics to outpatient therapy. The most effective strategy will take a holistic approach to treat the patient, not the disorder. Psychotherapy is an important element of any treatment program. For some conditions, medication will be prescribed as part of the treatment. Alternative complementary activities such as yoga, exercise, meditation, art or music therapy, and equine therapy have also been shown to help a person recover from a mental health problem. For minor conditions, regular mental health therapy from a licensed therapist will suffice. However, entering an intensive program at a dedicated mental health clinic can be beneficial for anyone. Many places, such as Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers (DTRC), offer intensive outpatient programs, as well as residential programs, that provide a holistic approach combining expressive and experiential treatment modalities to reduce the risk of relapse. These programs educate a person regarding important life skills and coping mechanisms, and address all underlying and co-occurring conditions.
Seeking Treatment in Residential Mental Health Facilities
Residential mental health clinics, like DTRC, offer a place for a person to get away from the stress and triggers that contribute to the mental health disorder and focus on healing. These facilities also offer a chance to really address the root of the problem in a safe environment. It is not just severe cases that benefit from residential intensive treatment. Getting away from the stress of life and focusing on one’s own problems can benefit anyone with any mental health condition. Mental health problems are treatable, but in order to overcome the condition, a person must seek help. You can call the DTRC Admissions team at (805) 266-7122 to discuss your situation and learn more about our programs.