Mental Health

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It is becoming more apparent by the day that the United States is going to have to take some major legislative steps to adequately treat the tidal wave of people with untreated mental health disorders.

Over the past 30 years, psychiatric hospitals have closed in a domino effect with hospital beds for psychiatric patients becoming dangerously low in numbers. Consequently, people with mental health disorders who are without mental health help are on the streets and many of them are in prison. It is estimated that 50 percent of U.S. prison inmates struggle with a mental health disorder and need help that can only be found at mental health treatment centers.

Untreated Mental Illness

The stigma of people with mental illness being flawed or weak causes many to avoid seeking treatment. But the dangers of not getting mental health help can have life altering effects. When someone shirks rehab for mental illness, mental disorders grow like weeds untamed making them vulnerable to risks such as:

  • Full breach of depression symptoms
  • Increases in suicide ideations
  • Inexplicable aches and pains, as the body tries to signal internal distress: Gastrointestinal problems, headaches, muscle twitching or pain, dental damage from jaw-clenching are a few symptoms
  • Chronic physical health issues – mental illness can undermine bodily health
  • Social impediments
  • Job instability
  • Homelessness
  • Incarceration
  • Increased vulnerability to trauma and victimization

Symptoms of Mental Illness

Some of the symptoms that someone may be struggling with a mental illness and requires rehab for mental illness can include:

  • Confused thinking
  • Decline in situational awareness
  • Detachment from reality, hallucinations or paranoia
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Excessive aggression, anger, hostility or violence
  • Extreme or cyclical mood swings
  • Feeling perpetually sad or down
  • Inability to cope with daily stressors
  • Lethargy, sleeping problems sleeping problems
  • Polar swings in eating habits
  • Reduced ability to concentrate
  • Sex drive extremes
  • Social withdrawal
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trouble comprehending or relating to people

Types of Mental Health Disorders

Some of the different types of mental health disorders that can be treated at mental health treatment centers include:                                                    

Anxiety disorders

People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear or dread, accompanied by physical signs of anxiety or panic, such as an accelerated heart rate and sweating. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person’s response is not appropriate to the situation, if the person cannot control the response or if the anxiety interferes with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and specific phobias.

Mood disorders

These disorders, also called affective disorders, involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuations from extreme happiness to extreme sadness. The most common mood disorders are depression, bipolar disorder and cyclothymic disorder (similar to bipolar disorder but with lessened symptoms).

Psychotic disorders

Psychotic disorders involve distorted awareness and thinking. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are the experience of images or sounds that are real only to the patient, such as hearing voices. Delusions, fixed or false beliefs that the ill person accepts as true despite evidence to the contrary. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic disorder.

Impulse control and addiction disorders

People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges or impulses to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. Pyromania (starting fires) kleptomania (stealing) gambling and gaming are examples of impulse control disorders. People with these disorders become so involved with the objects of their addiction they begin to neglect relationships and responsibilities.

Personality disorders

People with personality disorders have inflexible personality traits which cause distress to the sufferer and problems in their social relationships, work, school and normal functioning. Examples include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) antisocial personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

OCD is characterized by constant thoughts and fears which precipitate the performance of repetitive rituals called compulsions. An example is excessive hand washing due to fear of germs.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition caused by a traumatic event such as military combat, physical or sexual assault or a natural disaster.

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Getting Treatment for Mental Health

Whatever the type of mental illness, a person is affected by it in almost every aspect of life. Friends and family of the patient are also affected and their lives can become chaotic as a result. It is in the best interest of everyone for treatment at residential mental health facilities to begin as soon as possible in order to relieve symptoms and return to as normal a life as possible.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a Joint Commission Accredited nationwide network of behavioral health treatment. Though our Chandler, Arizona facility focuses on women exclusively, our other centers address adults of all ages and two of our facilities cater to youth 12–17. We are licensed to treat mental health and the substance use or mental disorders that arise from psychological distress.

What sets us apart is our longtime commitment to dual diagnosis rehabilitation of concurrent conditions and our belief that treatment must be both all-inclusive and individualized to overcome relapse.

To learn more about our mental health inpatient treatment centers at our Chandler, Arizona location, please call our 24/7 helpline

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