Mental Health Disorder Treatment
Addiction, whether to alcohol or to drugs, is not a choice, nor is it a failure of moral will. It is a disease—a mental health condition that can also have a ravaging effect on the body and the spirit. In fact, those who struggle with addiction often wrestle with other, related mood and mental health conditions too. When a mental health disorder occurs alongside addiction, it is called a co-occurring disorder, and dual diagnosis treatment is necessary for full recovery.
At Seacliff, we fully believe that recovery is possible; it is the hope that we offer to each of our clients. We provide the dual diagnosis care that is needed to manage not just addiction, but also related conditions of the mind.
What is a Mental Health Disorder?
There are several different types of mental health disorders; more well known mental health disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. Any condition that affects the cognitive functioning of an individual may be considered to be a mental health disorder. More specifically, a mental health disorder may impact an individual’s thought processes, behavior, mood or even grasp of language and expression. Mental health disorders can often be managed through treatment, which may involve medication and/or therapy. Seacliff offers compassionate clinical care to those with mental health concerns.
Mental Health Disorders and Mental Illness
It is often wondered why certain people have mental health disorders. The first thing to be clear about is that these are real and serious health conditions, just like cancer or diabetes are real and serious health conditions; nobody chooses to have a mental illness, and nobody can simply turn it off.
The precise cause of mental illness is often elusive, though genetics are thought to play a big role. Sometimes, a mental illness may result from an abnormality in brain chemistry. In other instances, a mental illness can be triggered by personal trauma, such as an abusive childhood. Addiction itself may result from the same issues, or it can arise through efforts to self-medicate, addressing mental health symptoms through drugs or alcohol.
Signs and Symptoms of Mental Disorders
There are many different kinds of mental health disorders, and even people who have the exact same diagnosis may experience varying symptoms. Common telltale signs of mental health problems—and some of the most common ones include:
- Prolonged seasons of sadness or irritability
- Wild mood swings or shifts in demeanor
- Withdrawal from relationships, hobbies, or passions
- Sudden changes in behavior, especially eating, sleeping, or sexual
- Substance abuse or sudden increase in drinking
Ultimately, anything that signals a shift in thinking or in mood may be viewed as a potential sign of mental illness.
Common Mental Health Disorders
You may be tempted to view mental illness as something that happens to “someone else”—but in truth, mental health disorders are quite common. In fact, they directly impact some 54 million Americans, and that is to say nothing of the friends and family members who must try to support their loved ones going through a mental health struggle. Some of the most common mental health conditions are as follows.
Everyone feels sad from time to time, and it is perfectly normal to have some battles with “the blues.” Feeling sad or lethargic for long periods of time, though—sadness that deepens or fails to get better—can be a sign of depression. There are several subsets of depression, including seasonal depression, post-partum depression and more.
Again, there is nothing necessarily worrisome or abnormal about feeling anxious or stressed from time to time, especially during a stormy season of life. An anxiety disorder is when the anxiety does not go away, and even begins to impede your regular life. Generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic attacks, and even PTSD fall under this umbrella.
Bipolar disorder can be seen as a subset of depression. Those who have bipolar disorder may experience frequent mood swings, shifts from periods of happiness and high energy (called mania) to periods of sadness and low energy (depression). Others with bipolar disorder may have “mixed episodes,” where mania and depression are experienced in rapid succession or even at the same time.
Mental Illness and Treatment Challenges
The good news is that, no matter the nature of your mental health symptoms, recovery is possible. Treatment works, and at Seacliff we offer an individualized approach. Our clinical team will work with you to develop a recovery plan that fits your needs, and which may include one-on-one therapy, group sessions, or more.
The presence of addiction can complicate things, but the answer to this lies in dual diagnosis care. Our team can identify the true underlying issue that you’re facing, and help you build a framework for lifelong healing and wholeness.
Get Help for Co-Occurring Disorders at Seacliff Recovery Center
Nobody chooses to have a mental health disorder—but you can choose to be free from it. That is what recovery is all about. Choose recovery today; or, if you have a loved one who is struggling, encourage them to do likewise. The first step is to call us for an evaluation. Reach out to our team at Seacliff today.