Over 57 million adults in the United States (almost 1 in 4 people) have been found to be suffering from some sort of mental health disorder. The NIHM predicts that almost 26 percent of adult Americans will be diagnosed as suffering from a mental disorder each year.
With the growing pace of this health issue, early diagnosis is important in order to implement appropriate and effective treatment. Timely intervention can also reduce cost, as well as preventing lasting damage to the individual.
But what exactly do we call a mental health disorder? A mental health disorder is any kind of dysfunction or disability in the pattern of how a person thinks, perceives, behaves or acts. A mental health disorder of any kind or intensity will impact on almost all aspects of life ? be it be the social or personal life, physical health or professional front. It can potentially affect performance and the ability to make decisions, thus making life more difficult in an otherwise absolutely normal individual.
A mental health disorder may not always be recognized, either by the individual or by the people around them. In fact, in many cases, a mental health disorder is often misinterpreted as a behavior defect or accepted as a personality trait by those around the individual.
The most common mental health disorders amongst Americans today include depressive illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder or dysthymia. Other common mental health disorders include Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or mood disorders. Besides these common conditions, there exist many more mental health disorders, a large amount of which often co-exist with other disorders or addictions such as drug or substance abuse, alcoholism and others.
How does one know if an individual has a mental health disorder? A mental health disorder should only be diagnosed and treated at a mental health treatment centre. In order to achieve an accurate diagnosis, an in depth evaluation of the individual’s mental, physical and family history is necessary, followed by a series of questionnaires and tests, carried out by qualified mental health professionals, including psychiatrists and psychotherapists.
How is the mental health disorder treated? Treatment of a mental health disorder is a challenge which should only be taken up and met by a professional mental health treatment center such as sovereign Health of California. Our mental health treatment program is an individually designed, personalized plan, tailor-made for each individual by our highly qualified and experienced team of experts. It takes much more than mere medicine, or the traditional twelve step mental health treatment programs to achieve lasting results in the treatment of mental health disorders. This is why our team consists of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, family and marriage therapists, experienced counselors, a dietician, an acupuncturist and a yoga instructor, as well as other practitioners, qualified and experienced in a variety of holistic therapies.
Elements of our mental health treatment program. Our mental health treatment program is a balanced, carefully structured treatment program designed by our elite clinical team. Each mental health treatment program varies in its elements, based on the needs and condition of the client. Our mental health treatment program is designed with the aim of treating the individual as a whole, rather than merely treating the symptoms of the mental health disorder. An overall treatment program is vitally important, in order to achieve lasting success and prevent the chances of relapse. Some elements of the mental health treatment program at Sovereign Health of California include:
- Complete evaluation of family and personal history: Knowledge of past events related to the client’s health, as well as their personal life, is of great importance in the diagnosis and treatment of any mental health disorder. At Sovereign Health, we believe that no treatment is complete without relating the past to the present.
- Brain Function Evaluation & Treatment: An in-depth analysis as to the functioning of the brain, using neuropsychological studies as well as computerized technology, helps in identifying the affected areas in the brain. This helps us to arrive at an accurate understanding of the exact nature of the disorder and to measure the impact of the external environment on the brain’s functioning.
- Equine-assisted Psychotherapy: Equine assisted psychotherapy is a short but effective therapy included in our mental health treatment programs. It makes use of the communication between horses and human beings. An understanding is established between horse and human being through various individual or group activities assigned to them. This therapy has proven very effective in the treatment of mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, addictions and eating disorders.
- Recreational & Art Therapy: Recreational therapies include community outings, craft work, sports, games, dance, music and drama, which serve as channels for the development of motor skills of the individual being treated. The creative thinking involved in these activities, together with the socialization helps in improving the mental health of the patients ? especially in cases of anxiety disorders, depression, etc. These holistic mental health treatment programs have certified recreational therapists or coaches, professionally trained in recreational therapy to conduct these activities.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy: This is a general term given to a number of behavioral and cognitive therapies included in our mental health treatment programs. These are rapid but effective therapies, conducted by psychiatrists and psychotherapists, which aim at changing the way one thinks in order to change the way one feels. To explain this in a simpler way is to say that it simply trains the mind to understand that the cause behind how one feels or behaves is not because of the external environment, or the people that surround the individual, it actually depends and is directed by the person’s own thinking and perception. This therapy is practiced for individuals as well as in groups.
- Biofeedback or neurobiofeedback: Biofeedback and neurobiofeedback are common to most mental health treatment programs. They make use of functional MRIs and EEGs (electroencephalographs) for brain mapping during the treatment.
- Dialectical behavior therapy: This is a modified form of cognitive behavior therapy, mostly utilized in mental health treatment programs which treat borderline-personality disorders (BPD).
- Medication Management & Monitoring: All our clinicians, at Sovereign Health of California, are extremely careful when prescribing any medications used in our mental health treatment programs. A very close watch is maintained on the medicines being prescribed and all side-effects are carefully monitored. Not only do our psychiatrists keep themselves updated on the latest medicines available for the treatment of different disorders, they also carefully weigh the pros and cons before switching to alternatives.
- T.E.A.M. (Technology Enhanced After-care and Monitoring): Our T.E.A.M. program is an integral part of our treatment of both mental health disorders and addiction programs. Patients are supported and monitored after the completion of their treatment program. T.E.A.M. helps by providing support during transition back into society and with the challenges which the individual faces post-recovery, as well as in preventing a relapse.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing): Usually utilized in the curriculum for the treatment of PTSD, EMDR makes use of stimulation of eye-movements, sounds and tapping in order to train one’s mind to cope with the stress arising out of the memory of the traumatic events.
- Yoga, Group Outings, Meditation and Mind-Body Techniques: Sovereign Health believes and preaches the importance of a healthy mind in a healthy body. Regular yoga sessions, physical exercise and diet counseling are a part of all our mental health treatment programs.
- Family & Group Therapies: Activity sessions involving the client’s near and dear ones are essential in bringing out the best in our mental health treatment programs. Regular participation of family members, or any near one, is encouraged. Besides this, counseling of family members is also conducted, in order to bring about a better understanding of the mental health disorder of the client and help them co-operate in every possible way once the client is sent back home.
- Stress Management & Positive Psychology: Techniques to manage stress effectively, together with the art of thinking positive are both primary aspects of all our mental health treatment programs.
Apart from the above mentioned basic elements, each mental health treatment program is designed specifically to suit the needs of the individual and will include more and other therapies, in order to bring about the best treatment for each client.
A few significant words of wisdom should always be remembered:
‘Basic human contact ? the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words ? is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can’. ? Martha Beck
All you need to do is a make a call to our 24/7 helpline number or drop us an email.