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Individuals struggling with mental illnesses often face many challenges. We believe that finding the right mental health treatment program shouldn’t be one of them. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one of the main things you should look for in mental health treatment is personalized care provided by experts in a comfortable setting.
At TruHealing Gaithersburg, we offer a variety of treatment programs in line with these principles. We provide individualized treatment plans for every client in our care, and we also make sure that your care does not end when your treatment with us has finished.
Primary Mental Health Program
A primary mental health program is one that treats individuals who have a mental health condition as their primary diagnosis. This means that the main reason the client is seeking treatment is for a mental health disorder.
Primary mental health diagnoses differ from co-occurring ones. In co-occurring disorders, a person has two or more conditions that are impacting one another, such as addiction and a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression.
Mental Health Disorders
Anxiety is a mental health disorder in which an individual experiences persistent, excessive, and disproportionate fear or worry. Anxiety is common. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), each year, an estimated 19.1% of US adults have an anxiety disorder.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and social phobia (also called social anxiety disorder). Treatment for anxiety disorders is individualized, but may involve a combination of therapy and medication.
According to NAMI, 21 million people in the US have major depressive episodes. During a depressive episode, an individual may experience a loss of pleasure in activities they once enjoyed, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, changes in sleep patterns, feelings of intense sadness or hopelessness, lack of energy, or thoughts of suicide.
There are several types of depression, including major depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), postpartum depression, psychotic depression, bipolar disorder, atypical depression, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Like with any other mental health disorder, treatment for depression may involve therapy and/or medication.
Biploar disorder is characterized by intense and alternating periods of mania and depression. Symptoms of mania may include increased energy, racing thoughts, irritability, euphoria, impulsive behavior, and insomnia. During a depressive episode, the person may experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.
Treatment for bipolar disorder may emphasize distress tolerance, therapy, and medication.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
After experiencing or witnessing a distressing event or series of events, some individuals have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms include intrusive memories or flashbacks, avoidance of situations that remind the person of the event(s), intense anxiety about future threats, and severe emotional or physical reactions to being reminded of the event(s). An estimated 9 million adults in the US experience PTSD.
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder allows people to process their trauma(s), learn ways to cope with their fears and healthy ways to self-soothe, and address related symptoms or disorders, such as addiction due to self-medication.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by intrusive negative thoughts, followed by behaviors–called compulsions–that are done to try to calm the obsessions. This often becomes a cycle of obsessions leading to compulsions, and compulsions increasing the obsessions.
Symptoms of OCD include:
- Difficulty tolerating uncertainty
- Distressing, unwanted thoughts
- Fear of contamination
- Excessive rumination
Treatment for OCD typically involves some combination of therapy and medication.
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