Understanding

Mental Health

Signs, Symptoms, Disorders We Treat + More

Redefining Mental Illness

What is Mental Health?

A doctor will recommend treatment for mental health illness, only after proper evaluation.  Some of the symptoms may become very severe, thereby affecting the proper functioning of the individual. The doctor will base treatment upon an individual because there’s no one cure for mental health.

Mental health is an issue that is often shrouded in secrecy due to the stigma attached to it.  There is a lack of clear understanding of the condition,  and even those who are suffering will rarely seek professional help. It is, however, important that anyone who has a mental health condition seeks help from qualified mental health professionals, to continue to function well in society.

Some of the treatment options include psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both.  Some people are also turning toward complementary or alternative therapies.

Self-help is essential, and this includes lifestyle changes, exercise, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, among others.  Family members also need to participate in the treatment so that they get appropriate coping skills, which are essential for how they will live with the individual.

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how to know if someone has a mental illness?

Signs of Mental Illness + Disorders

Mental illness refers to symptoms that will affect a person’s perception, behavior, mood, or thinking.  Anyone who has a mental illness will find it hard to cope with the day-to-day demands of life; whether it is work or personal relationships.  In severe cases,  an individual may need to get psychiatric help for medication.  In other cases, counseling will help an individual overcome mental illness.

The American Psychiatric Association reports that one-in-five US adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, 1 in 24 have serious mental illnesses, while 1 in 12 has a substance use disorder.  Mental health has no discrimination about gender, income,  social status,   religion, among others. Most people will experience mental illness from the age of 24, although it can occur at any age.

An individual can receive treatment for mental illnesses and go on to lead fully functional lives. Unfortunately,  many people feel shame and will not want to talk about their condition.

Diagnosis of mental illness can be difficult because some of the symptoms are common, and only the severity will determine whether there is a need for treatment. For instance,  an individual can suffer from depression when going through certain things in life,  but it would not warrant a diagnosis of mental illness.

Some diseases, for instance, thyroid conditions, may present symptoms of mental illness.  It is vital that an individual gets a proper diagnosis, which will involve appropriate evaluation and a physical exam.

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Mental Health Disorders

Types of Mental Health Disorders

There are many types of mental disorders, and we will explore some of them below.

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are very many and include social phobias,  panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.  A patient will need to seek treatment; otherwise, it could have lifelong repercussions.  Researchers estimate that up to 25% of the population suffers from anxiety disorders.

Bipolar affective disorder

You may know it as manic depression, but an individual who suffers from bipolar affective disorder will suffer from terrible mood swings.  One minute the individual could be in the mania or elation stage,  and the next they could be showing symptoms of depression.  Some people also have psychotic episodes.

Depression

Depression is a common symptom of many mental disorders, and it manifests itself in low moods, lack of interest in what is going on, lethargy, and a perpetual state of sadness.  Most of the symptoms come in varying levels of severity, and at its worst and individual could entertain thoughts of suicide.

Eating disorders

The most common eating disorders are binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia nervosa.  If not taken care of,  it could lead to severe consequences on one’s physical and psychological health.

Personality disorders

An individual suffering from a personality disorder will display dramatic,  unpredictable, and overly emotional behavior even in situations that do not warrant a response.  Such individuals will go through periods of emotional distress,  and they usually are not able to have good relationships with other people.

Unfortunately,  many people who suffer from this disorder do not seek help from professionals, and will only do so during a time of crisis.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma

There are certain situations that an individual may go through that could result in Deep distress.  Such circumstances include rape, war,  loss of a child,  torture, among others.  The effects are both short and long-term, and some individuals may have a problem moving on from the traumatic situation.  The result could be physical and mental issues which may require the intervention of a therapist.

Issues surrounding relationships

Humans are social creatures, and having healthy relationships is essential for good health and happiness.  However,  some individuals may find it challenging to form meaningful relationships.  They may, therefore, seek treatment to understand why this is happening.

Loss and grief

Trying to overcome the loss of someone you love can be overwhelming, especially if you do not have excellent support.   One may go through depression and anxiety, which will require therapeutic intervention to help with the situation.

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mental disorders

We Treat

DEPRESSION

Depression is often described as the ‘common cold’ of mental health issues. Symptoms may include sadness, irritability, fatigue, inability to sleep, difficulty making decisions, and overall loss of interest in pleasurable activities.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar Disorder I is classified as a mood disorder. It is the most severe form of manic depression, and is distinguished by one or more manic episodes, usually accompanied by major depressive episodes.

ANXIETY

Anxiety is an irrational fear about something in the present or the future. It is, often times, a ‘moving target’ and it can become difficult to function without proper treatment.

RELATIONSHIP ISSUES

Relationships are a very meaningful part of our lives and can bring us a great deal of happiness and fulfillment. Working through issues with couples therapy can help your relationship.

SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES

Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self.

PTSD/TRAUMA

Trauma is defined as deeply distressing or disturbing experiences that leave a lasting mark on those who experience it. Trauma can be wide-ranging – coming from divorce, illness, accidents, and bereavement to extreme experiences of war, torture, rape, etc.

PERSONALITY DISORDERS

Personality disorders are characterized as dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking and behavior. Personality disorders may lead to emotional distress and impaired relationships with others.

EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders are a group of mental disorders that manipulate a person’s relationship with food and their body. From anorexia to bulimia to body dysmorphia, treatment is key for recovery.

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Let us Help you

At Warner Park, we have experts who can help an individual overcome mental illness.  When an individual comes to us,  we do a proper evaluation before commencing treatment.  All our plans are individual-based because we realize that no two individuals can benefit from the same treatment plan.

Whatever the situation the individual is going through,  we look for ways to help change certain behaviors that could be exacerbating the mental illnesses. It may include changing the way the individual feels about themselves while giving them practical coping skills to manage their relationships,  work situation, and encourage better communication. We also help our patients to understand themselves better so that they can achieve better health.

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Find out if your health insurance will cover most of the costs associated with treatment.  Our goal is to provide you with quality care for low, out-of-pocket costs. Follow the button below to verify your insurance benefits today!

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If you or anyone you know is dealing with issues around mental health, contact us for a full evaluation and treatment options.  We understand that it is not a process that any individual should tackle alone, and that is why we have a team of qualified personnel who are available to offer you the help you need.

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