Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. It is about how we think, feel, and behave. Mental health can affect our daily lives, relationships, and sometimes physical health. Mental health also includes one’s ability to enjoy life. A person in a “good state of mental health” realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
We all have the potential to develop mental health problems and disorders, no matter how old we are, how rich or poor, whether we are male or female, or which ethnic group we belong to. In America, about 1 in every 5 people experience mental health problems each year. Therapy is an extremely beneficial tool to assist those suffering from any mental health disorder.
Dual Diagnosis is a term for someone who struggles with substance abuse and a mental health disorder. Not everyone struggling to overcome addiction receives a dual diagnosis. Unless your life is affected by occupational or social difficulties, your mood disorder and substance abuse may not be properly diagnosed.
Treatment is readily available at Transformations Recovery, so you do not need to wait until it becomes unmanageable to seek help. Is this the life you want, or do you want to change your life and create a life you do want? It starts with you thinking, which dictates your feelings, which dictates your behavior and creates what you receive in life. It starts with you. If you want something different, then do something different.
However, if you do suffer with substance abuse and any mood disorder, education is important to addressing and dealing with these issues in your life. These issues do not just get better on their own. Action is needed.
Social Anxiety Disorder
It’s common to feel shy or uneasy in unfamiliar in unfamiliar or new social situations. You might be nervous about making new friends or meeting a new romantic acquaintance. For some people, these feelings can be debilitating and make it almost impossible to put themselves in these social situations. Do you become nervous in crowded rooms, constantly worry about embarrassing yourself in social situations, do you have a difficult time introducing yourself to people, and/or do you often avoid social situations? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, you very well might be suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder.
Depression is a serious condition that affects millions of people. Many people tend to believe that Depressions simply being “sad,” that is not at all the case. Depression is a chronic condition with numerous symptoms that can vary between different people. Depression affects the way you live and you can seem and feel like a completely different person than you once were.
Depression can be brought on by dramatic changes in your life. The loss of a loved one, loss of your job, moving to a new and unfamiliar place and many other factors can cause you to become depressed.
Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms include an extremely elevated mood called mania. The can also include episodes of depression. People with Bipolar Disorder may have trouble managing everyday life tasks at school or work, or maintaining relationships.
Bipolar Disorder is not a rare brain disorder. The average age when people with Bipolar Disorder begin to show symptoms is 25 years old. Depression can be caused by Bipolar Disorder, and usually lasts about 2 weeks. Some people with Bipolar Disorder experiences experience episodes of mood swings several times a year, while others may only experience these symptoms on a rare occasion.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed one or many traumatic events. It is quite typical for people who have experienced trauma to have anxiety, trouble sleeping, fear, and other symptoms for a month following a traumatic event. Which is normal. If those symptoms persist, a person can most likely be experiencing PTSD.
PTSD is commonly associated with personal experiences such as going to war, rape, serving time in prison, assault, witnessing a murder or death, natural disasters, or other severe experiences can all be classified as traumatic. Adjusting to life after a traumatic event can take time, but some people need help to successfully make the transition.
We all experience Anger, it is an emotion that we all experience. It can be spurred by disappointment, shame, confusion, sadness, and other negative emotions. The way that people express anger can take many forms, and it is important for your mental state to effectively manage and release anger.
Some people have a problem expressing their anger which can lead to problems.
Some will react with hostility, rage, violence, or self-destructive behavior. This puts the person and anyone around them in potential danger. Releasing anger in this manner can cause you to hurt yourself or others, say or do things that cannot be taken back, or even get you into legal trouble. High levels of stress or the use of drugs and alcohol can increase the likelihood that someone will react to anger in this way.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a common, and chronic disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat. It can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, personal relationship. involves preoccupations or obsessions and repetitive thoughts and actions.
Symptoms of OCD are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images. These cause anxiety. The symptoms associated with OCD may come and go, ease over time, or even worsen. People with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may use alcohol or drugs to calm themselves. If left untreated, OCD can interfere with all aspects of life.
Addiction takes a toll on virtually every aspect of our patient’s lives. That’s why our initial intake process includes a comprehensive medical, psychological and social assessment.
The initial step of the intake process requires a comprehensive medical, psychological and social assessment. This assessment provides an accurate diagnosis of the patient’s current condition and becomes the foundation for a successful treatment plan. Any co-existing disorders or pertaining to medical issues are also evaluated at this time.
Emotional as well as physical cravings can be extremely intense during the withdrawal process. Our qualified staff understands these difficulties and provide a supportive presence.
Transformations Recovery’s addiction professionals educate patients on the cravings, “triggers” that commonly affect addictive behaviors, and relapse-prevention strategies. These alternative coping mechanisms help to relieve the emotional stress many people experience when they stop abusing drugs and alcohol.
Education & Case Management
During orientation, each Transformations Recovery patient is assigned a personal advocate throughout process. Throughout the course of treatment, their primary counselor acts as a liaison between the family, the patient, and Transformations Recovery. Our counselors assist patients with any and all needs – including medical appointments, life skills education, and family relationships.
Our staff works with the patient, the families, and any loved ones to address any concerns about the treatment process. We develop an individualized treatment plan at an appropriate level of care, and prepare the patient for healthy long-term recovery.
At Transformations Recovery, discharge planning is a multidisciplinary process involving the patient’s primary counselor, medical staff, and recovery advocates. Our goal is to ensure that patients have an achievable template to build upon.
A primary counselor meets with each patient to discuss discharge plans and ensure continued success. This process is extremely important to our patient’s long-term well-being and all of our clients are encouraged to work directly with their counselor in setting up this discharge plan.
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