An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older, about one in four adults, suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. Due to this staggering number, the first full week of October is Mental Health Awareness Week, during which efforts are promoted to bring about a greater understanding of mental health. The event is meant to endorse the support of the National Alliance on Mental Health on this issue and was established by the U.S. Congress in 1990. Throughout the week, activities include benefits, health fairs, educational meetings, concerts and more. The goal is to increase public comprehension of health disorders and to encourage treatment.
At Sovereign Health, we look forward to the opportunity to further educate the public about mental health disorders and the services we provide to treat them. For instance, some are under the impression that our facility is a hospital setting, where patients are cut off from interaction from others. In reality, Sovereign Health offers residential treatment to those in recovery and has its similarities to normal daily life. Patients have much interaction with each other and their supervisors as they work toward a better state of wellness.
Although the most common and oldest treatment associated with mental health disorders involves psychotherapy, or verbal therapy, there are more innovative and cutting edge techniques that are effective at targeting a mental health disorder. Our treatment centers offer the latest, state of the art technology to our clients in helping them regain their health. We have proven and reliable testing for a number of common disorders, including bipolar disorder. In addition, we offer brain mapping technology, which helps us to make numerous discoveries about how the brains of subjects work. This includes locating abnormalities in structure, images of brain activity and reading the brain in terms of wiring structure.
Sovereign also offers cognitive testing, which allows us to determine the judgment, memory and reasoning skills of individuals. Our cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven especially effective in assisting those who are living with anxiety disorders, mood disorders and those who are battling substance abuse along with their mental health disorder. Patients with anxiety or depression may see especially successful results from such therapy, which combines both cognitive and behavioral research methods.
Our facilities also make use of PGT testing, or pharmacogenetic testing, which is a saliva test that allows health professionals to examine how an individual’s genetic makeup will affect their reaction to certain prescriptions for a given mental health disorder. Though two patients may receive the same diagnosis, different medications may be appropriate for each based on this. This method is far more efficient that using trial and error for medications that may cause discomfort for patients in the meantime.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we encourage that the public do their part to learn what they can about mental health treatment, while educating friends and family as well. We aim to remove the stigma so that those suffering with a mental health issue will be able to seek out the treatment they need. Fortunately for advocacy groups like the National Alliance on Mental Health, the profile of mental health has been raised and more have worked to provide individuals adequate access to proper care, education and support. Visit www.nami.org to find more information on how you can get involved and participate in Mental Health Awareness Week in your area.
In addition, if you are looking for more information about Sovereign Health Group’s mental health programs and how to a get a loved one the help they need, please visit prod.sovcal.com or call (866) 819-0427.