Article provided by: Alter Behavioral Health – Mental Health Treatment Center
Mental illness refers to a medical condition that interferes with an individual’s behavioral, emotional, and psychological ability to perform daily tasks or take care of themselves. Close to half the people in the U.S. have some form of mental illness. These are treatable or manageable health conditions, just like diabetes and cardiac disorders. Our inpatient psychiatric facility treats many mental health conditions, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and mood disorders. We offer combinations of therapy and medication to treat various mental illnesses in the best inpatient mental health facilities.
This condition is exhibited by a deep sense of fear or dread associated with specific situations or objects. When patients interact with situations or objects, they may experience rapid palpitations and excessive sweating. Unlike other experiences, patients with anxiety cannot control their responses to specific situations or objects.
The feelings patients with anxiety disorder experience often worsen with time. This may affect their relationships, academic activities, and work performance. Examples of anxiety disorders include phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalized anxiety disorder.
This mental illness is characterized by panic attacks, which may cause fast palpitations, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. A panic attack may cause an intense feeling of imminent doom. In addition, panic attacks may occur at any time without warning. Fear of experiencing a panic attack in public may cause some people to stay indoors and become reclusive.
The illogical fear of specific objects or situations is known as phobia. For instance, agoraphobia is the fear of public spaces. People could have phobias for literally anything. Some people may be afraid of clowns, tunnels, highway traffic, flying, water, or specific animals. Our psychiatric residential treatment centers and rehab in California provide therapy and medication for treating phobias.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This condition usually affects people who have witnessed a terrifying or traumatic experience such as war, bad accidents, or violence. Symptoms of PTSD include a sense of loneliness, vivid flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and irritability. PTSD patients often have uncontrollable thoughts, including intrusive memories about the traumatic experience. In addition, they may avoid the objects, events, or places that bring back memories of the traumatic experience. Our mental health treatment facilities treat PTSD with medications and psychotherapy.
As the name suggests, this mental illness is characterized by changes or disturbances in mood. Mood disorders may cause depression or manic episodes. Our California residential treatment and rehabilitation centers treat mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.
More than 17 million Americans experience some major depressive episode each year. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Deep sadness
- Weight loss or gain
- Lack of energy
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Sense of worthlessness
The causes of depression may be biochemical, environmental, or genetic. Treatment options include therapy and medication.
Unlike depression, bipolar disorder causes extreme highs and lows, known as mania and depression, respectively. This condition has distinct differences with depression. Symptoms of depression often include an extreme sense of sadness or worthlessness, which means depression has only lows. On the other hand, BD has both highs and lows; it is characterized by episodes of extreme joy and exaggerated sense of self-esteem and episodes of extreme lows and sense of unworthiness.
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