Mental Health Overview

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Mental health is a broad term that applies to a wide range of medically diagnosable conditions. While we understand that mental health conditions can be scary and confusing, we take comfort in the fact that they are treatable with the right help. We ensure that each of our clients receives the support, respect, and expert clinical treatment they deserve.

Mental health issues affect millions of Americans every year. According to SAMHSA:

  • In 2018, almost 1 in 5 U.S. adults (19.1%) experienced mental illness.
  • In 2016, 16.5% of U.S youth between the ages of 6 and 17 experienced a mental health disorder.
  • In 2018, 19.1% of U.S adults suffering from mental illness had a co-occurring substance use disorder.

At Heather R. Hayes and associates, we know that mental health conditions can affect a person’s mood, thinking and relationships. Because symptoms can look different for each individual, we approach each of our clients on a case-by-case basis.

Symptoms of Mental Health Conditions

We believe that no mental health condition is too small to warrant treatment. The earlier a person seeks treatment, the better the outcomes. However, recovery is possible at any stage of a mental health condition.

Some of the possible symptoms of mental health conditions are:

  • Unusual sleeping patterns (too little or too much)
  • Social withdrawal
  • Low energy
  • Emotional numbness
  • Unexplained physical aches and pains
  • Using substances, such as alcohol and drugs (even nicotine) in excess or in times of stress
  • Regularly arguing with loved ones
  • Mood swings
  • Obsessions, intrusive thoughts, and memories
  • Thoughts of causing harm to yourself or others, suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Hearing voices, seeing things that are not there
  • Deterioration of school or work performance
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Lack of interest or enjoyment in activities once enjoyed
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Impaired relationships

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms and it affects the quality of your or their life, the kindest thing you can do is reach out for help.

Causes of Mental Health Conditions

Life comes with many stressors that can potentially take a toll on our mental health. Common contributing factors include:

  • A family history of mental health issues
  • Traumatic life experiences, such as neglect or abuse
  • Biological factors, such as chemical imbalances or genetics
  • Stress
  • Substance misuse and abuse
  • Difficult life events

We will begin the process by assessing your loved one’s struggles as fully as possible in order to build a comprehensive plan for their individualized Trauma-Informed Responsive Intervention™ and sustainable recovery.

Warning Signs

Your loved one’s mental health does not have to be a full blown disorder or condition in order to justify our help. Noticing the signs of struggle or deteriorating mental health in its earliest stages can make a difference in terms of outcomes. Only when we are able to recognize the symptoms of suffering can we begin the recovery process.

If you notice symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it is worth contacting us. While it may turn out that there is not a need for professional help at this time, it’s better to know that it is available and not need it than to need it and not know it’s there.

What is a Mental Illness?

A mental illness is an illness of the brain that affects a person’s cognition, behavior, emotions, energy, functioning and overall well-being. Mental health struggles make it difficult to cope with ordinary events and daily stressors. The following are some of the most common mental health issues that affect people worldwide.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are common across all demographics. The following are some of the most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias

Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are common and impact a person’s ability to regulate mood and emotion. Depression and Bipolar Disorder are some of the most common mood disorders.

Behavioral Disorders

Behavioral disorders refer to the inability to control one’s behavior. Some of the most common behavioral disorders are:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder
  • Self Harm

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders affect a person’s emotional stability. Common personality disorders include:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Psychotic Disorders

Psychotic disorders are some of the most severe mental health issues. These include:

  • Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder
  • Drug Induced Psychosis
  • Paranoia

Mental Health and Addiction

There is a high correlation between poor mental health and Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Very often, people use substances to cope with uncomfortable feelings and distress, and we are likely to become reliant on them when we use them to regulate our emotions. The more we use, the more likely we are to develop a dependence in which we need the substance to feel normal. Dependence is a precursor to addiction, and when this happens, professional intervention and treatment are needed.

While substance use may provide temporary relief from stress or serve to regulate our emotions, authentic healing needs to happen on a deep psychological level if a person wants to live a life unimpeded by addiction and poor mental health.

Mental Health Recovery and Support

If you or your loved one is struggling with mental health concerns, reach out to us today. When caught in their earliest stages, mental health conditions can be managed and recovery becomes easier.

Mental health issues become an even more significant problem when substances are involved. At Heather R. Hayes & Associates, we specialize in addiction and mental health recovery. Part of this area of expertise entails understanding the strong correlation between mental health and substance abuse which allows us to allocate the right treatment options most suitable for the individual in need. Our expert team and high quality resources are just an email or phone call away, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

You are not alone

We will work together with you to develop a plan of healing for you and your entire family system.

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