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Mental disorder churns out a restless mind, enmeshed between anger, loneliness, elation, superficiality, fiction and an unstable life. Feelings of losing one’s own self starts pervading one’s marrow, giving rise to insecurity, fear and self-doubt. But, may be a silver lining of hope surfaces with treatments that are way beyond conventional; treatments that are blended in accordance with an individual’s specific situation.

With medical science advancing at a breath-neck speed with curative innovations, treatment centers are in a position to provide therapeutic interventions that best suit an individual. The efficacy of the programs is supported by an assortment of treatments, adaptive to the progress of an individuals’ state of mind. Each program is unique and efficient enough to diagnose and treat mental disorders with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial therapies that equip a person to lead a better life.

Sometimes, no one realizes the pain you are going through or how hard you are trying to face the battle on your own, but we are here to listen; listen to your woes — ow overwhelmingly big or significantly small they are. Our specialists are here 24/7 to take your queries and provide the much needed answers.

Our specialist can refer you to a psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health clinician, depending on your circumstances. A treatment program, which might include medication, therapy or a combination of both, or even alternative treatments, can be recommended.

Medication

Psychiatric medication is not the sole answer to cure mental disorders. However, they can significantly reduce symptoms and make life livable. For example, patients with low hemoglobin can take a daily tablet, which might not cure the disease but can help the person lead a normal life. These medications can also make other treatments, like psychotherapies, more effective for recovery. They can be used as much for prevention as cure.

Commonly prescribed psychiatric medications include the following:

  • Antidepressants: These medicines are useful to treat depression, anxiety and sometimes, other disorders too. Antidepressants reduce the symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, lethargy, lack of interest, etc.
  • Anti-anxiety Medications: These drugs are used in the treatment of panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. They are also effective in reducing insomnia and agitation. They act rapidly and provide short-term relief but can cause dependency, if used for a prolonged period; it is best to use them only for a shorter period.
  • Mood Stabilizing Medications: These medications are useful in the treatment of bipolar disorder that causes shift in a person’s mood, and alternates between mania and depression. Sometimes mood stabilizers, in combination with antidepressants, are also prescribed to treat depression.
  • Antipsychotic medications: Also known as neuroleptics, these medications treat psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Sometimes, these drugs may be prescribed to treat bipolar disorder or can be used in conjunction with antidepressants to treat depression.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” is all about venting the intricacies of life experiences to a trained therapist under safe, confidential and a controlled environment. The therapist acts as a curator who helps a patient explore and understand the cause of the problem, its effect on thoughts and related behaviors and its consequences and remedies. The therapist helps a patient make mental connections between behaviors and psyche and provides insights into the why’s and how’s of it.

Psychotherapy has proven to be very effective in helping a person recover and reduce the symptoms. It can be carried out in individual settings, couples or groups. Most patients do best with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

Psychotherapies can be diverse; some people respond better to one type of therapy than another. Some of the most common psychotherapies are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), exposure therapy (ET) and interpersonal therapy (IT).

CBT is one of the most potent therapies that have shown to create a marked difference in the life of a mental health patient. This therapy can help a patient change the way he thinks (cognitive) or behaves (behavior). It is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interconnected, and negative thoughts brewing from these can be detrimental.

CBT therapists conduct multiple sessions with the patient to replace these negative thoughts with more realistic ones, based on prior experiences. Therapists try to inculcate positive thought processes in patients by helping them replace the perception of “half empty glass” with “half full glass”. The therapy has proven to be an effective tool to treat depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Residential Treatment Programs

In some patients, mental disorders can be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. Hospitalization is generally recommended when the mental illness takes a heavy toll on a patient’s health, making him unable to take care of himself. Such patients are also in danger of harming others and even themselves. A patient may be treated in a 24-hour inpatient care and a residential treatment facility or can be given a partial or full-day hospitalization. Another available option is intensive outpatient treatment that has been found to treat several cases of mental illness.

Mental illness can often trigger substance abuse, which considerably complicates the treatment process. It is important that an individual should seek a proper treatment procedure which has the potential to effectively treat various mental diseases.

A clinician, along with the patient and his family, can together decide which treatment suits best for treating a specific illness. However, if the case is severe, it is recommended to undertake an inpatient rehabilitation treatment since the patient can be constantly monitored and given proper care in a controlled environment.

Finding Help Today

Medical science has made remarkable progress in devising effective treatments for mental illness. People who didn’t get enough opportunities to recover earlier can now avail these services for a better life in the future.

If you or your loved one is seeking further information on different treatment options to come out of this debilitating condition, please seek assistance from the Arizona Mental Health Helpline at 866-606-7791. Our treatment specialists can help you find the right remedial programs suiting your needs.

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