After a stressful and busy schedule in 2017, American sensation Selena Gomez took her health in her own hands and recently completed a two-week treatment program in New York to manage her anxiety and depression. One of the sources associated with Gomez shared that she wanted to get away from all the distractions and that she felt empowered after the much needed break.
Gomez stayed at a residential treatment facility, relished healthy food, and practiced Pilates and meditation that helped her win her mental health battles. Gomez plans to return to the facility, maybe, later in 2018. At present, she is feeling and looking great, and concentrating on developing new music. Apparently, the singer has rekindled her relationship with Justin Bieber who encouraged her to take the treatment but she admitted that “she did this for herself,” to be her best version.
Prior to this, in 2016 also Gomez took a break after suffering from the psychological side effects of Lupus, an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs affecting the joints, kidney, skin and blood cells. Her recent break had nothing to do with alcohol or substance abuse; it was only to better her emotional health. Gomez had a kidney transplant earlier and ever since has been talking about her mental health candidly. She even shared that the life of a celebrity is lonely and at times, full of negativity. She sometimes felt too detached and on her way up the stardom, lost many loved ones. However, amid all the hardships faced by her, she realized how important it was to stay positive.
Effects of depression
Depression is not limited to the emotional and mental well-being of a person. It also extends to one’s physical health as it affects the endocrine and limbic system. The limbic system of the brain manages stress response, sex drive, physical energy and emotions. Inside the limbic system, lies hypothalamus, hippocampus and amygdala. Hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland which is responsible for regulating key hormones and controlling the basic functionalities. It is responsible for processing sensory information and influencing speech, movement, thinking, learning and behavior. On the other hand, hippocampus is responsible for memory, while amygdala is associated with sexual feelings and other emotions.
The researchers have established that depression affects these key regions of the brain. Additionally, depression also changes the levels of three neurotransmitters – dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These three hormones play a critical role in managing body’s response to sleep, emotion, appetite, sexuality and stress. In a depressed individual, there is an excess release of the stress hormone cortisol through the adrenal glands. When the brain’s crucial response system gets affected, it is bound to affect other body parts. The old adage that mental health is intrinsically linked to physical health is true and therefore, most rehab centers aim to provide holistic recovery programs to target overall well-being of a patient.
Road to recovery
Undiagnosed or untreated depression can cause significant impairment in daily functioning, and the ability to live a healthy and happy life. It is critical that depression treatment centers include a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment to uncover all the issues a person might be struggling with. People with depression often have co-occurring substance abuse problems as a coping mechanism, which makes the diagnosis and treatment even more difficult.
Sovereign Health of Arizona understands the plight of women struggling with a mental disorder. Our mental health treatment centers for women in Chandler offer multiple levels of care through individual and group counseling, and experiential therapies in addition to a host of other treatments. Our mental health retreats for women in Chandler provide the best facilities for behavioral health treatment to the afflicted women in a calm and safe environment. Our recovery programs also equip them with the necessary coping skills required to maintain overall good health and prevent any relapse. For more information, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with one of the representatives.
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