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Depression & Mood Disorders

Changes in mood that disrupt daily life may indicate a disorder such as depression. Mood disorders are a common psychological problem among American adults, and may involve losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, constant sadness, or having thoughts about self-harm. People with severe mood disorders such as depression often struggle to get out of bed or take care of basic hygiene needs.

However, with appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and support, most people living with these issues can make a full recovery. If you have concerns about mood or behavior changes in yourself or someone you know, you should learn the signs of mood disorders and how to get care at a qualified facility such as Serene Behavioral Health.

Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently face intense and excessive worries about everyday situations that are disproportionate to any real danger. Often, anxiety disorders also involve panic attacks, which involve the sudden onset of uncontrollable terror. These feelings can be extremely disruptive because they cause people to avoid specific locations and situations that may trigger their anxiety.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, and people can have more than one simultaneously. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, and phobias. Sometimes, anxiety results from an underlying medical condition. Whatever form of anxiety you have, professional treatment at Serene Behavioral Health can help. Our trained staff can provide you with a therapeutic approach to managing your anxiety and put you back in control of your life.

Bipolar Disorder

This condition, also known as manic-depressive disorder, causes extreme mood swings, from depression to emotional highs called mania. During manic episodes, you may feel unusually energetic, talkative, and motivated. Though you might be more productive, the mania might also provoke you to act unpredictably or make rash decisions. These mood shifts can be rare, or happen multiple times a week.

People having a depressive episode may have little to no energy, have disrupted sleep patterns, and may feel empty or worthless. Sometimes, an episode includes manic and depressive symptoms at the same time, which is called an episode with mixed features. People experiencing a mixed-features episode can feel sad and hopeless, while simultaneously feeling energetic and active.

If you have bipolar disorder, you can still achieve a healthy, happy life with proper diagnosis and treatment. The mental health professionals at Serene Behavioral Health can treat bipolar disorder with medications such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers, as well as with talk therapy.

We are devoted to help structure treatment to meet your individual needs

Trauma and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a form of mental illness involving a response to a traumatic event that persists for months or even years. While it’s normal to feel angry or frightened after experiencing something dangerous or scary, severe symptoms that refuse to go away over time are a hallmark of PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD include fear, anxiety, troubling flashbacks, and obsessively reliving the traumatic event. This condition can be devastating, rendering sufferers unable to maintain their normal lives. In severe cases, PTSD sufferers become housebound, locked in a cycle of terror.

PTSD symptoms often emerge in the days following trauma, but for some people, they may not appear until years later. Professional treatment can help people with trauma find relief and learn how to come to terms with a disturbing experience.

Borderline States

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a form of mental illness that can cause people to feel intensely emotional. After a triggering event, it is difficult for them to maintain a stable baseline. People with BPD struggle with self-image, impulsivity, and having normal relationships. They may also engage in self-harm or risky behavior due to their poor ability to self-regulate.

BPD can be challenging to diagnose accurately because the symptoms vary widely and can resemble those of other mental health disorders. However, BPD is treatable once mental health professionals arrive at the correct diagnosis. With proper treatment, many people who have been living with BPD can return to their normal function.

Inpatient treatment can be the most effective option for BPD, and can lead to improved impulse control and self-image. Adding specific forms of psychotherapy to longer-term residential treatment may provide a successful form of individualized care.

Schizoeffective Disorder and Schizophrenia

Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition that combines the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, with symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania or depression. Many people with schizoaffective disorder often receive an incorrect initial diagnosis because it mimics symptoms of several mental health conditions.

Medications such as antipsychotics are essential for people to manage the dangerous and disruptive symptoms of schizoaffective disorder. Likewise, long-term care in a residential setting gives people with this illness unique opportunities to hone the necessary skills for greater independence while receiving the support they need.

Schizophrenia is a severe and challenging mental illness characterized by disrupted thought patterns, poor decision-making, paranoia, hallucinations, and disorganized speech. People with schizophrenia often have difficulty relating to others because of these symptoms.

The illness is especially challenging to treat because many people who have schizophrenia do not understand they have a disorder. Though schizophrenia has no cure, there are ways to manage and treat it that enable sufferers to reclaim their lives. If you have a loved one with schizophrenia, educating yourself about effective treatment options and understanding the advantages a long-term residential treatment center can offer is the best way to get them the help they need to work toward lasting recovery.

Don’t Struggle in Silence

If you are seeking care for yourself or a loved one who is living with one of these mental health disorders, please call us at 949-395-6552 as soon as possible for an assessment. We want to help you work toward wellness and live the life you deserve.