quinta-feira, 4 de abril de 2013

Rehab For Mental Health Issues Like Depression

Anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder are mental illness diagnosed by a doctor much like depression. Being depressed is unfortunately a common condition in America with nearly twenty one million people suffering in an average year. That staggering amount of people affected has an impact on a personal level as well as a societal level. Is a mental health a necessary solution for people who are depressed?

First, let's start by identifying the symptoms of depression. How can you tell if you, or someone you know, can be clinically diagnosed with depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression include the following:

Struggling to make decisions, concentrate or recall basic facts or details. Fatigue and decreased energy. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness. Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimismInsomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleepingIrritability, restlessness. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex. Overeating or appetite loss. Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings. Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

The danger of these symptoms, when combined in one person, is the risk of suicidal ideation. People overwhelmed with hopelessness, irritability, physical ailments may believe that life is no longer worth living. Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of depression can help people identify it in themselves or a person they are close to. While monitoring the level of severity, also try to check for the following warning signs of suicide with depression, which can include:

A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy. Always talking or thinking about death. Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse. Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights. Losing interest in things one used to care about. Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless. Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will. Saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out". Mentioning the idea of suicide as a potential solution. Visiting or calling people one cares about.

When depression has been identified in you, or someone you care about, and any of the warning signs of suicidal thoughts are present, contact someone for help immediately.

If depression, without suicidal ideation, is present, it is time to decide if rehab is necessary. An assessment with a trained professional is the best gauge. He or she will evaluate your current mental health, and program referrals can be made to ensure you seek the best care for your depression.

The goal of rehab for depression is to pinpoint what started your initial depressive symptoms. Childhood memories, abuse, trauma, interpersonal relationships, life disappointments, or any other triggering or difficult events can begin the cycle of depression. An effective treatment team will create an individualized treatment plan, focused on your particular set of needs while in treatment. You will work specifically on the events or occurrances that have triggered your depression in the past, so that you can learn tools to implement in life to avoid being triggered in the future.

A combination of individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and holistic forms for treatment like acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga, and many others, work in conjunction to heal your mind, body, and spirit.

You may always have to deal with depression in your life, but rehab is a great way to start the process of seeing what has been happening so you can work to make different choices so that depression does not consume your life.

Sovereign Health Group is home to Jared Friedman the quality improvement manager, who helps people at their dual diagnosis center designed to help people handle their addiction and behavioral health issues like depression.

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